HOOPER -- Organizers say Hooper is well-prepared for emergencies and its residents schooled on key health and safety issues, thanks to an annual program now in its fifth year.
Hooper City hosts the Health, Safety and Emergency Preparedness Fair, which is all about preparedness and awareness of the types of programs that keep the community safe and healthy.
Hooper resident and founder of the event, Sheri Bingham, says the purpose of the fair is to bring together experts to discuss and demonstrate healthy lifestyles and explain about emergency responders and what they do for a community.
Hundreds of people attended the indoor-outdoor fair this week and had a chance to visit more than 30 booths and several simulations and demonstrations.
Volunteers from more than 30 different organizations handed out pamphlets and information, performed health screenings, and demonstrated safety equipment and practices.
Ray Strong, emergency volunteer manager for Hooper, said, "The fair this year is the best one we've had yet and it has grown bigger each year ... A lot of good learning took place."
"If some little kid can put out a fire after what he learned here today and if someone comes and sees something that improves their health, then it was all worth all the time and effect that went into putting this fair together."
Blaine Packer, who owns Packard Extinguisher Service, showed kids how to use a fire extinguisher and put out a real fire.
Stan Robins, a deputy state fire marshal, demonstrated with an earthquake simulator how an earthquake would feel and sound. The trailer shook as the rumble and boom got louder and louder.
"Should an earthquake hit, you are going to be on your own for a while and it is so important to have a 72-hour kit ready, teach everyone where to go and to get under a doorway or desk or table."
Nine-year-old Ella and her brother Will, 7, who attend Quest Academy in West Haven, both experienced the earthquake simulation and, though scared, demonstrated diving under a desk. They said they did what they were taught in school to do -- stop, drop and cover.
When Braden Walker, 11, who attends Hooper Elementary, was asked what he learned from the fair, he said, "Drugs and candy look alike, so don't accept anything from people you don't know."
He also listened as Tim Cosgrove, a child advocate for Primary Children's Medical Center, spoke of the dangers of children being accidentally run over by vehicles driven by inattentive drivers.He said one child is run over every six days and 25 percent of those accidents are fatal.
"I have been doing this work for 16 years, and my goal is to keep looking for better ways to keep accidents from happening with children."
Many people received health screening and information for cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, hearing, vision, lungs, feet, and even oral hygiene checks.
Weber State University professors of dental hygiene Susan Alexander and Shelly Costley brought several of their first- and second-year students to the fair to aid in the screenings.
Second-year student Hailey Fawson examined several people by having them open wide and then checking for any problems such as lesions that could lead to oral cancer. She looks forward to making a career in dental hygiene and was urging people to get regular check-ups with a dentist.
A medical helicopter, fire trucks, and a mobile command center, were all on hand for people to examine and learn their importance in an emergency.
Volunteers Brandon and Britney Clayton, who attend Weber State, discussed an organ donation program and the importance of letting people know your wishes should you die and want your organs donated.