I just stumbled across this announcement, and thought I'd share. It's a good reason to spend a weekend sampling wines in the heart of Washington wine country and hopefully getting some good preparedness info/training. This is their first such expo, so who knows what to expect. But if it's awful, there's always the wine. Northwest Preparedness Expo - 2014 http://www.nwpreparednessexpo.com The Chamber of Commerce of the City of Prosser and Lower Valley Committee of Safety are working together to create our first annual Northwest Preparedness Expo. It will be hosted on May 2nd & 3rd at the Walter Clore Center in Prosser, Washington. There will be both educational speaker sessions and vendor booths on display. Our goal is twofold: educate our local community of the value of preparation and to build camaraderie within our community. We wish, not just to reach ‘preppers,’ but to effect change in our community for those who are unknowledgeable of the worth of being prepared. We aim to help prepare individuals for any personal misfortune, natural disaster, or breakdown in social and/or economic structure. In time, we hope to build on this; if one is prepared himself, then he is one step closer to being prepared to help others. We hope to regain a sense of local responsibility and preparation in the event of any situation that might overwhelm our community’s safety & well-being. That paints a broad portrait of our ultimate goal. For this year’s expo, in particular, we have chosen five areas of focus. They are as follows; safety, shelter, skills, supplies (gear & tools), and sustenance. For our first event, our primary focus is on exposing people to the benefits of being prepared; starting with a "72 hour plan," while also offering information and resources that may be helpful to those that are preparing for longer term situations. We wish to invite speakers and vendors (and we encourage vendors as speakers) who are skilled in these five areas. Ultimately, our objective is to create an annual event that will grow in scope and size - with each successive year building upon the previous year’s skills and goals. We wish to educate and encourage our local region to cultivate a sense of responsibility, community, and connection. Location Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center 2140 Wine Country Road Prosser, WA 99350 Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Prosser Chamber of Commerce (509) 786-3177 About Friday, May 2nd 10am-6pm Saturday, May 3rd 9am-6pm Admission $10/person includes both days -- outdated price Kids 12 and under are free.