Ken De Los Santos is looking for volunteers to help staff a booth at the upcoming Curry County Fair.
As Emergency Management Director for Curry County and the City of Clovis, De Los Santos said the Local Emergency Planning Commission has decided this year to offer pamphlets and other brochures that will help educate local residents on ways to stay safe.
“We’re basically going to let them know about hazards and disasters they could face in our community,” said De Los Santos.
Information provided by the agency will include brochures on avoiding dangers such as lightning, fires, and flooding. De Los Santos said children will be a special part of the organization’s education efforts.
“A lot of times, if you get information into the hands of the kids it will get back to the parents,” De Los Santos said.
As an example of the problems, De Los Santos said children don’t always understand why they need to stay away from high water during rainstorms. Rather than getting out of the way, some people enjoy the rain and play in high water, ride their bikes through it, or try to wade in the water — all without knowing how deep the water is or how rapidly it may be rising.
Available slots run from Monday, Aug. 11, to Saturday, Aug. 16. All slots except Saturday are afternoon and early evening; the Saturday slots are in three-hour time blocks ranging from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Those interested in volunteering may contact De Los Santos at 763-9485.
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