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A Community Emergency Response Team member demonstrates how to extinguish a fire during last year's Ready Long Beach.

On the heels of two major hurricanes in Texas and Florida, Long Beach will help its residents prepare for disasters with the fourth annual READY Long Beach Community Preparedness Expo.

The festival has grown larger every year, and moves this year to the Cal State Long Beach campus. It will be in the Beach Circle area between the College of Business Administration and the track.

While the day-long event is sponsored by Long Beach CERT (Certified Emergency Response Team) and the Long Beach Fire Department, the Department of Disaster Preparedness, many other city departments, nonprofits, businesses and response agencies will be on hand.

"Recent events continue to show us the importance of being prepared," Fire Chief Mike DuRee said. "I hope our community takes advantage of this great opportunity."

Information, samples and merchandise will be plentiful at the expo. Everything from a list of minimum supplies to survive a disaster to suggestions about how to engage neighbors in discussions of disaster preparedness will be available.

There also will be a kids' fun zone, food for purchase and several displays of emergency response vehicles. Demonstrations are a big part of the day.

The expo runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on Saturday, Sept. 16. There is free parking in the parking garage next to the Walter Pyramid. Enter off Atherton Avenue at Merriam Way and follow the signs.

Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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