Although contemplating natural and man-made disasters is not most people’s idea of a good time, making preparations for what could be a life-and-death situation is nothing more than common sense. And thankfully, those of us in the Palm Springs Valley have plenty of opportunities to learn about how we can help ourselves and assist others if—or when—our area ever suffers from the devastation of floods or other severe weather issues, fires, a chemical spill, an earthquake, or a terrorist attack.
A fun and easy way for the entire family to get involved is an event at the Rancho Mirage Library on Sunday, March 29. The City of Rancho Mirage Emergency Preparedness Commission’s 2015 Race To Be Ready—complete with a 1K or 5K walk/run—offers a fun day of community activities to help families, HOAs, schools, country clubs, and visitors be fully prepared for emergencies. The Library grounds will be transformed into an interactive Expo and Drill site, which will help those who attend learn why and how to prepare, but also how easy the preparations can be. This will be an event for all—athletes, families, businesses, locals, and visitors—with hands-on demonstrations and training as well as opportunities to peruse and buy emergency supplies. And once again the Expo will feature the famous “Shake Trailer,” and the “Smoke Trailer.”
I’ll be there with my sneakers on for the 5K, and will most likely be first in line for the Shake Trailer. I hope you’ll join me for this fun and educational day that could actually save lives. Check out the website for more information and race time starts and registration. www.racetobeready.com