COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A coalition group of Brazos County Emergency Management officials, numerous community agencies and local religious leaders — including many Latter-day Saint leaders — hosted the Family Preparedness Fair May 17. The fair was a half-day event designed to give individuals and families information and resources so they can be prepared for disasters and reach out to help others in need.

"In the event of an emergency, individuals and families need to be prepared and trained to help themselves and reach out to others. The purpose of the fair was to provide that critical preparation and training before an emergency occurs," said Demerle Giordano, Brazos County Emergency Management Coordinator and event spokeswoman.

She said that unlike other such training sessions, this event took a faith-based approach because community churches can and will play a vital role should a disaster occur by providing shelter, support and comfort for those in need.

During the fair, she gave an overview of the disaster planning process for the state and surrounding counties.

The fair featured more than 20 booths, displays and demonstrations covering topics such as food and water storage ideas, home hazard evaluations, shelter management and emergency phone bank. The fair was held in the College Station Texas Stake center. There was also family disaster plan drills, as well as an opportunity for participants to give blood.

Additionally, there was on-site web access to emergency preparedness. The fair was held in conjunction with the national American Red Cross "Together We Prepare" campaign to help communities prepare for emerging threats and disasters before they happen.