MIDLOTHIAN

Ellis County is bringing the annual Ellis County Preparedness Fair to Midlothian after two successful events in Waxahachie and Ennis in the previous years.

The Ellis County Emergency Management office has partnered with the City of Midlothian to bring safety knowledge to more residents in the area during the third annual fair. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Midlothian ISD Multi-Purpose Stadium on 1800 South 14th Street. Organizers will use the day to educate residents on how to perform CPR, use an emergency kit, what to do during a natural disaster and hold a live demonstration on child passenger safety.

“Our desire is to encourage and prepare folks in Ellis County to be better informed about the different emergencies that may affect them,” said Ralph Mulvany, emergency management administrative planner.

The fair is part of National Preparedness Month, a governmental effort to strengthen the United States’ safety awareness regardless of the situation. According to a press release, September was chosen as Preparedness Month to recognize the tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001, as well as the peak of hurricane season in the Atlantic.

Mulvany said they’ve already had more than 40 applications for booths this year and they’re expecting more submissions before the event next month. Mulvany added that even though the application deadline is Aug. 31, the Ellis County Offices are actively considering all applications up until the day of the event.

“There will be vendors that will have lists or presentations of what we need for supply kits,” Mulvany explained. “There will be medical teams showing different aspects of what they do and how they respond to an incident. We have the Texas Baptist Men out there that will show how they come in and support the community.”

Additionally, Mulvany said the Texas Department of Transportation will demonstrate what happens if families are not wearing their seatbelts in the event of a rollover. They will have dummies in a crash simulator in place of people riding in the vehicle.

With the county expecting to exceed last year’s attendance records, Mulvany said Midlothian is an ideal location to host the Preparedness Fair.

“We try to go from different locations within the county each year to reach all county residents,” he said. “Since we’re in a more highly-populated area in Midlothian, we’re hoping to pick up more residents.”

Businesses, nonprofits and first responders who want a vendor application can email emc@co.ellis.tx.us. For more information, call 972-825-5199 or go to the city’s website at www.midlothian.tx.us.

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David Dunn, @DavidDunnInTX

469-517-1456