Newport Beach is Prepared for a Disaster

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Newport Beach residents learned how to bandage injuries, communicate via ham radio and pack an emergency kit at the 3rd Annual Newport Beach Disaster Preparedness Expo on Saturday.

Community Emergency Response Team volunteers talked with visitors about what to do in case of an emergency and handed out information on disaster preparedness. They also chatted with participants about what it takes to become a CERT volunteer. Newport Beach lifeguards were also on hand to teach visitors proper first aid techniques, how to control bleeding and how to properly remove gloves.

The event comes during National Disaster Preparedness Month and right before this year’s CERT classes begin.

The event, held at the Newport Beach central library, featured 10 informative booths and three vendors. The expo averages between 800 and 1,000 visitors every year, said Newport Beach’s Emergency Services Coordinator, Katie Eing.

To find out more about emergency preparedness and learn about the CERT program visit

CERT volunteer gear on display at the 3rd Annual Disaster Preparedness Expo in Newport Beach. — Photos by Sara Hall
Bill Wilkinson works the ham radio, talking with people all over the world. The radio skills will come in handy in the event of an emergency, he said, because they will still be able to communicate when home and cell phones are down.
Visitors check out the vendor booth at the expo.
A young visitor colors at the Junior Firefighter booth.
A display of what to pack in an emergency kit sits in front of Bob and Sharon Harris' "Quake Safe" Kits booth as visitors talk in the background. The Harris' offer free emergency preparedness seminars in the area.
Lifeguards demonstrate proper bandaging techniques for onlookers at the expo.


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