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More than just rides and corn dogs

BPEPC will see you at the fair

PRINCETON — The 159th Bureau County Fair is just around the corner.

As families are revving up for rides, entertainment and fair food, they are also reminded to stop by the informational booths at the fairgrounds, which will be handing out a wealth of information about the numerous organizations that serve our communities.

A number of representatives who are a part of the Bureau Putnam Emergency Preparedness Community (BPEPC) will be on site and are encouraging families to see what each of their emergency agency crews have to offer.

Lori Compton of the Bureau County Red Cross explained each agency of the BPEPC specializes in an area of emergency, and this will be a great opportunity to pick up information of emergency preparedness.

“You never know when you might be in a situation when one of these agencies will have to come help,” she said. “These days you need to take responsibility to learn and prepare yourself, your family or business in the event that something life threatening or a life changing event happens in the community that you live in.”

Here are just some of the agencies that will have booths at the fair:

• Representative of the American Red Cross of Bureau County will be handing out brochures about their services and preparedness information. There will also be volunteer information for those interested in being a Red Cross volunteer. Representatives will also provide direction and assistance for those who are interested in downloading lifesaving Smart Phone apps, including a weather alert app.

• Representatives from Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) will be handing out informational pamphlets, registrations forms and examples of what should be in a home preparedness kit.

• Bureau County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) will be on site handing out information on how to make an emergency plan and will also be discussing volunteer opportunities with their organization.

• Bureau County Mounted Search and Rescue will have a variety of brochures available for parents on children safety and general information about what the organization.

• Community Partners Against Substance Abuse (CPASA) will provide information on substance abuse and will be handing out promotional items and selling CPASA T-shirts and visors.

• Representatives from BuEComm will be doing 911 education and will be giving away a boy’s and girl’s bike for children between the ages of 7 and 10 years old. If kids can tell their address and phone number, they will get to be entered into the drawing for the bikes. The bikes will be given away on the last day at the fair. There will also be coloring books, pencils and Frisbees available for children at the 911 booth.

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