Learn To Survive The Wild West On Prep Day

California is prone to a litany of disasters. In 2017 alone, Californians have already endured a historic drought, flooding, more than 3,000 wildfires and numerous earthquakes, among other emergencies.

When it comes to disasters, California truly is the Wild West.

One month from today, historic Old Sacramento will transform into the 12th annual California Day of Preparedness, otherwise referred to as “Surviving the Wild West”. The one-day, family-friendly event – located on the 1849 Scene near the Railroad Museum and Discovery Museum – is scheduled for Saturday, August 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission is free.

Visitors will learn about emergency preparedness as well as experience a variety of disaster readiness demonstrations including a mobile earthquake simulator, watch water rescues, and witness the skills of search and rescue dogs in action. There will be live demonstrations on two separate stages – the main and river. Other attractions include interacting with first responders, emergency vehicles, food trucks, face painting, music and more.

The event unofficially kicks off National Preparedness Month in September. National Preparedness Month is designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities. Whether it’s September or any other month of the year, disasters can strike at any time and without warning.

Click here for complete event details about this year’s California Day of Preparedness.





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Jonathan Gudel

Jonathan Gudel is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Since joining Cal OES, he has assisted in the response and recovery efforts of the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, the state's historic drought, the Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, unprecedented winter storms in 2017, the October (Sonoma County) and December (Santa Barbara County) 2017 wildfires, and statewide wildfire siege in 2018 . Previously, he worked in the newspaper industry for 12 years.

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