The Decorah Public Library is hosting an Emergency Preparedness Fair Thursday, March 13, from 1:30-4 p.m.
There will be a presentation at 1:30 p.m. and an open house featuring representatives from area organizations from 2:15-4 p.m. While the event is open to all, special attention will be given to emergency preparedness issues affecting seniors.
The event is free and open to the public. 
Here's what participating organizations have to say about emergency preparedness: 

American Red Cross: 
Would your family know what to do in case of a fire in your home? How would you respond if a flood, earthquake or tornado threatened your community? Would you know what to do for a bee sting or a serious burn? 
Emergencies come in many shapes and sizes - some man-made, others acts of nature. While it is impossible to control every outcome, education and planning can help you feel more confident that you and your loved ones will have the skills needed to cope. The American Red Cross offers a robust library of tips and checklists to help you before, during and after an emergency. 

Bruce Goetch, Winneshiek county emergency manager: 
Winneshiek County Emergency Management Agency encourages citizens to be prepared for emergencies by a simple process of hazard identification and risk assessment. Look for potential hazards in the home or work area, for example: old chemicals, labeled or unlabelled, flammable liquids in non-safe container, and excessive amounts of newspapers, magazines, or cardboard that could go to recycle bins. All of these items pose a risk; by eliminating, removing, or even reducing the amounts of hazards you reduce the risk. 
Winneshiek County EMA will have some handouts and be available to answer emergency preparedness questions to help make you safe. 

Winneshiek Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition: 
This is a newly formed group of community partners strengthened by healthcare participation that is working toward improved community preparedness efforts and coordination among emergency response partners. A survey will be available to try to obtain the understanding of the community and emergencies so that the coalition may focus on how best to assist our community. 

Winneshiek County Public Health: 
This organization is an integral part of emergency preparedness efforts in our county. Winneshiek County Public Health is the lead organization in a public health emergency which would include issues with communicable diseases and other health problems. Information will be provided on how to best prepare for a disaster. Information sharing is an important part of getting the message between multiple partners and the community dealing with emergencies. 

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging: 
Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) serves the aging population, some of whom face unique challenges during times of disaster. Being prepared is critical for the safety of older people, should emergency situations arise. Of special importance are plans to handle egress issues when mobility is compromised; back-up power sources for persons dependent on oxygen, nebulizers, medical alert systems; emergency meals when home delivered meals are interrupted; medication management when emergency situations arise, and more. NEI3A is a resource to help people make plans for handling emergencies. 

Also participating is the Decorah Fire Department. 
Call the library at 382-3717 for more information.