Weather Related Disasters Quadruple, Prep2Bless Offers Essential Emergency Prep for Families

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Prep2Bless and World Vision offer free Family Emergency Preparedness Training June 22 for North Texas Families with workshops, experts and demos for whole family that will teach how to build a 72 hr. Emergency kit, get advanced training and find ways to volunteer.

"Emergency Prep is more than option, it is essential for the well-being of every family."

People recognize that Emergency Prep is important but most don’t know where or how to begin. Global weather related disasters have quadrupled since 1980, states an Oxfam study.* Closer to home, Texas has endured more disasters than any other state.

Following months of repeated disasters, Prep2Bless and World Vision are partnering to give North Texas families a way to be prepared for potential emergencies and disasters. “Emergency Preparedness is not optional, it is essential for every family and individual,” explains Lynn Scarborough, Director of Prep2Bless. “We discovered many people were overwhelmed with all the prepping information and lists they found on the web and, simply stalled out. So, we developed a simple five step approach that adults and even the kids can remember.”

On June 22, North Texas families can get information to help prepare for potential disasters and emergencies. Prep2Bless is a Family Emergency Preparedness Training and Expo that is free with registration. The Saturday event will run from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM in Plano at North Dallas Community Bible Fellowship.(To Register and watch video invitation from Pastor Smith) Children and Youth will have their own classes and training activities.

The Prep2Bless attendees will attend a general training session and workshops including – KnoWhat2Do Tornado Prep , Family Plan 1-2-3, Building an Emergency Kit, Help, NO Power!, Shooter in the Building, Food and Water Storage, Caring for Elderly/Special Needs During Emergencies, Gardening in the City, HAM Radio, Community Involvement, Volunteer Opportunities, First Aid and more!

The Youth track includes training and building of food kits for World Vision North Texas, a sponsor of the June 22 event. Phyllis Freeman, Director for Disaster Response, knows the important of disaster mitigation, “Families that plan ahead for emergencies are more likely to reduce loss and recover more quickly.” Freeman has worked around the world helping children and building communities, adds; “We have seen the over whelming importance of having the youth and children involved in community emergency plans. Multi-generational involvement is a key to successful emergency and disaster response.”

Local and regional Emergency Preparedness experts will provide materials, training and answer questions, including: Plano Police, Fire and Department of Emergency Management, World Vision, Dallas County Human Health Services, Red Cross, Collin County Medical Reserve Corp, CERT, Victim Relief Ministries and others.

“This is not a fear based, extreme prepper survival training, but a family focused event that will help people build a 72 hr. Emergency Kit and find ways to be trained,” Scarborough adds. “The goal of Prep2Bless is to help families and faith-based communities prepare today, so that in times of crisis, they can be a blessing to others. We are thrilled to see people getting plugged into training opportunities and having a way to contribute to our communities.”

The increase in natural disasters, hurricanes, earthquakes and terrorist events, has made “prepping” a top of mind issue. On Saturday, June 22 from 9:00-12:30, Prep2Bless provides families and faith based communities with emergency prep training and instruction to build a 72 hr.-emergency backpack and more.

For information on Prep2Bless, visit, to register at NDCBF online. No charge for the event but registration required as seating and materials are limited. For information, Prep2Bless(at)gmail(dot)com or 972 957-7371 or 972 95PREP1.

Registration and booths open at 8 am.Childcare available through registration. North Dallas Community Bible Fellowship Plano Worship Campus is located at 2801 E. President George Bush Highway, Plano, TX 75074. (For Directions)

Oxfam, Disasters escalating four-fold as climate change hits poor hardest, say Oxfam. Nov. 27, 2007 Climate Alarm report.

NBC News Business, Web; May 27 Ten States with the most natural disasters

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