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Posted: Saturday, March 2, 2013 4:30 am

Don’t be a victim of a crisis.

That’s the message the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is promoting during its second annual Community Emergency Preparedness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Killeen LDS Stake Center.

The fair’s theme is “Ready for Tomorrow” and includes more than 40 exhibits that demonstrate various aspects of emergency preparedness, said Sherrie Hutchings of the Copperas Cove LDS Relief Society Organization.

“This is a way that people that are not (church) members get the chance to learn that they don’t have to be a ‘prepper’ like on TV, but you can be prepared in case power lines go down,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity to talk with people to learn what we do if something happens.”

Vendor exhibits will promote health and wellness, sanitation, gun safety, emergency communication, budgeting, personal document preservation and homemade household solutions, to name a few.

Personnel from the Killeen Police and Fire departments will be on site, along with representatives of the Bell County Health Department, who will teach children how to make 911 calls.

“We will have an ambulance, a fire truck, and they secured the Bell County smoke house for us, which simulates a burning house,” Hutchings said. “We will have children learn how to escape and what the smoke smells and looks like.”

Scouts participating

About 30 Boy Scouts are participating in the event, as the troops test their skills to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout, said Matt Hargrave, scoutmaster of Copperas Cove, Troop 242.

Attendees also will benefit from the Boy Scouts exhibit.

“You are going to learn quick things like what to do in case of everyday national emergency, such as bad weather — setting first aid kits in your car, how you purify water in case water stops working, what you use for light and warmth, and what you use to cook food in case the electricity goes out,” Hargrave said.

A Kids Corner with face painting, balloon twisting and free popcorn will be set up for children.

The LDS Stake Center is at 1410 S. Second St., Killeen.

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