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Emergency Expo Offers Early Access Hour For Special Needs Families

khts_ambulanceAn encounter with sheriff’s deputies or emergency personnel can quickly turn into a crisis for a person with special needs – but in Santa Clarita, there are resources to prepare your family members for these situations and they’re available at the 2012 Emergency Expo on March 31.

Are you concerned what would happen to your special needs family member in an emergency or police encounter? Does your loved one need practice to interact safely with first responders? Do you worry what would happen if he or she got lost? If so, come to the Access Hour from 9 to 10 a.m. for some up-close and personal information exchange.


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The Emergency Expo on Saturday March 31 is a companion to the Home and Garden Show, which will be held at the Santa Clarita Conference Center at the Valencia Hyatt, near the corner of McBean Parkway and Town Center Drive.

Thanks to the event sponsors, KHTS Radio, the City of Santa Clarita, and Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, the Access Hour is back, allowing special needs families to enjoy the Expo one hour before it opens to the public. Admission to both the Emergency Expo and the Home and Garden Show is free.

During the expo, participants will be able to:

  • Get to know emergency personnel
  • Learn about two excellent safety tools: The Special Needs Registry and EmFinders locator devices
  • Experience what it feels to get into an ambulance or police car
  • Climb in and out of emergency vehicles and see the KHTS’ 1948 Mack Fire Truck
  • Learn ways to prepare for any type of emergency
  • Visit with Smokey Bear
  • Pet a Search and Rescue horse
  • Learn to prepare your earthquake kit

Volunteers are needed to help with the Access Hour. For more information call Emily Iland, of the Santa Clarita Autism Asperger Network (SCAAN), at 661-297-4205 or email emilyiland@gmail.com