The best way to survive an emergency is to be prepared for one. Plan for the worst when you are calm, when you have time to think through scenarios, gather supplies and ask experts for guidance. Planning is the cornerstone of community resilience.

To help Evanstonians mitigate spring hazards like floods, tornadoes and power outages, the Evanston Fire Department and Evanston Public Library are teaming up to present an in-person and virtual seminar this Thursday, April 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the library’s Community Meeting Room # 107.

Evanston Fire Department Division Chief Kimberly Kull (EFD photo)

Speakers scheduled to share their expertise include EFD Division Chief Kimberly Kull, city Sustainability and Resilience Coordinator Cara Pratt and Red Cross of Illinois Duty Officer Brian Nestler.

Don’t be lulled into thinking “this won’t happen to me.” Climate-related extreme weather events are becoming more common now. This seminar will provide attendees with the tools they need to minimize risks and stay safe. Following the seminar, preparedness materials distributed at the meeting will be available at the library while supplies last.

Those interested in attending virtually or in-person should register here. The recorded seminar will also be available afterward on EPL’s YouTube channel.

As each season presents its own climate-related challenges, future seminars are already planned.

The summer hazards seminar is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 12 at the EPL Main Library and in Spanish at 6:30 p.m. May 19 (en español: 6:30 p.m. en el 19 de Mayo) at the Robert Crown Branch Library.

The seminar on fall hazards is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at the main library followed by winter hazards at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13, also at the main library.

For more information, go to the EPL event page or dial 847-448-4311 (311in Evanston).

Wendi Kromash

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