BOZEMAN - The 14th annual South West Montana Preparedness Expo took place at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"Locally in our area, we just encourage people to be prepared," said Steve Jenkins, welfare director for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, who organizes and sponsors the event.
With the recent earthquake shaking Mexico, hurricanes striking the south, and wildfires burning through Montana, the South West Montana Preparedness Expo couldn't be more timely.
The Expo educates people on the importance on being ready in case of an emergency.
Booths at the Expo demonstrated proper food storage, clothing to have on hand, water pumping and even how to be financially prepared in case of a disaster.
"I would say fire safety is important, plain and precious papers, financial preparedness, clothing, the type of clothing that we wear and use here in Montana, long-term food storage, short-term food storage, 72-hour kits, dehydrated food, things like that," Jenkins said.
Having a 72-hour kit packed and ready to go is something you can do at home.
Make sure to include the essentials: some type of water filter or pump, a shelter like a tent or tarp, non-perishable or freeze-dried food, first aid supplies, and proper clothing to outlast climate changes.
And Jenkins says there's something else you can do.
"The important thing that we need to do is have a sense of community, and feel like we need to prepare ourselves, but then we need to go outside of ourselves and serve others, that's really the essence here is to serve, and help others be better prepared," he said.