The Allen County Safety Fair was established in 2008 with just a small handful of agencies. They were concentrated over on the south side of the Lowe’s parking lot on Illinois Road. The largest sponsor and promoter was and has been ServPro. Slowly the Allen County Safety Fair began to grow; therefore, prompting the Allen County Safety Fair Committee to look elsewhere for a new location. In 2012 the Allen County Safety Fair partnered with Jefferson Pointe Mall to utilize an area of their parking lot.
Over the years, the festival has grown from only 5 agencies to over 30 of a variety of agencies and entertainment. The fair has continued in growth and has been, represented by Allen County safety agencies. In 2017, the name changed to the Allen County Safety and Preparedness Fair. The Safety Committee came to the consensus that it is not just about Safety, but about community preparedness overall.
The annual Allen County Safety Fair was established in conjunction with National Preparedness month, which is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security. National Preparedness month encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. National Preparedness month is part of a governmental effort to strengthen the United States’ preparedness capabilities.
In an effort to educate residents and spread the message of the importance of preparing for emergencies.
Many individuals do not have a disaster plan in place, while such a plan is important especially for those with special needs. With September being National Preparedness month, it is a good time to consider what you would do in the event of various emergent situations. Simple steps to be better prepared include: emergency supply kits, family emergency plans, being informed about different emergencies and their affect, as well as taking the necessary steps to obtain training and engaging in community preparedness and response efforts. Relief and recovery are essential, but preparation prior to a disaster is important, too. In an effort to educate residents and spread the message of the importance of preparing for emergencies, ServPro partnered with WANE, WBCL, Profed, Lutheran Hospital and various safety agencies in Allen County and launched the Allen County Safety and Preparedness Fair.
To date, the Safety Fair Committee continues to plan this Fair in conjunction with National Preparedness Month. This event is a good time to promote family and business disaster preparedness, safety for kids and the importance of self-readiness.
Safety is priceless; so is your life!
Preparedness begins at home. Risks include events such as natural disasters, disease pandemics, chemical spills and other man-made hazards, terrorist attacks and cyber-attacks. Preparedness is the shared responsibility of our entire nation. With so many people involved and so much at stake, it is important to establish a common preparedness goal. A vision for preparedness nationwide is identified by the core capabilities necessary to achieve that vision across the five mission areas—Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery. The National Preparedness Goals are identified through real world events, lessons learned and implementation of the National Preparedness System. The National Preparedness Goal defines what it means for the whole community to be prepared for all types of disasters and emergencies. The goal itself is: “A secure and resilient nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.”
As we recognize National Preparedness month, the Allen County Safety and Preparedness Fair Committee encourages residents to make a big difference in ensuring the safety of you and your family in the event of an emergency. Each year, the National Preparedness Campaign changes its focus.
We, the Safety and Preparedness Fair Committee, invite you to visit us in September for a few hours of fun and learning.