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Community and Personal Preparedness Fair Coming to Midwest City Library

Oklahoma City is no stranger to disaster, both man-made and natural.

But no matter in what form it strikes, Oklahoma has been able to patch up its communities and keep going.

Now, just in time for the ice storms and bitter winds of winter, the Metropolitan Library System and the Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library, with help from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, are working together to present “From Band-Aids to Twisters: Enhancing Community and Personal Preparedness.” This five-hour long event will be held at the Midwest City Library, 8143 E. Reno on Saturday, October 24 from 10am to 3pm. It’s all free and open to the public. 

            “This community preparedness day,” said Shari Clifton, head of Reference & Instructional Services at OU’s Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library, “provides a perfect opportunity for the Metropolitan Library System and the Bird Health Sciences Library to present a preparedness fair where the citizens of Oklahoma City and surrounding areas can be introduced to the various agencies and services that support preparedness for disasters both large and small. In addition, the libraries will highlight information resources and services available at their various locations including the free, high-quality resources available through the National Library of Medicine. “

Agencies expected to be represented at the event include police and fire departments, the Red Cross, the OUHSC College of Public Health, the State Department of Health, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, television and radio stations, and other groups that support citizens before, during, and after disasters.

“The Fair’s main purpose,” said MLS’ Director of Marketing and Communications Kim Terry, “is to inform citizens about potential hazards and how to cope with disasters when they happen. People may not be aware of how valuable public libraries are in safety education.”

But it’s not all going to be dire warnings of dangers to come. There will also be music and storytelling from the EJ Perry Ensemble, the Sugar Free Allstars, Al Bostick and Buffalofitz, not to mention fun, food, and freebies.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.