With the constant threat of a major earthquake, flooding, wildfires and lingering effects from a statewide historic drought, Californians are naturally accustomed to living in a disaster-prone state. Emphasizing the importance of emergency preparedness, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is doing its part to ensure the public is ready for the next disaster by hosting the 13th annual California’s Day of Preparedness on Saturday in Old Sacramento.
California’s Day of Preparedness is a free, family-friendly event (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) and will be staged on the 1849 Scene near the Railroad Museum and Discovery Museum.
Also commonly referred to as “Prep Day”, the one-day event consists of three-plus hours of live demonstrations on two separate stages – Main and River – and will also include a special ceremony on the Main Stage at 10 a.m. The River Stage will literally be in the Sacramento River near the Discovery Museum. Demonstrations will occur approximately every 15 minutes beginning on the Main Stage at 10:30.
Some demos on the Main Stage include: learning how to escape a vehicle with downed power lines nearby; K-9 officers; organizing a prep kit; and a “jaws of life” vehicle extrication. Aside from swift water rescues on the River Stage, the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department will use an aerial display above the Sacramento River to show how to fight fires with a helicopter water drop.
In all, there will be more than 40 organizations partnering with Cal OES for this year’s event. In addition to eateries in Old Sacramento, there will be four food trucks on site: It’s Nacho Truck, Hefty Gyros, Cowtown Creamery and Kona Ice. There will also be face painting, music, giveaways, informational handouts and more.