Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — Would you be prepared for a natural disaster?
Utah’s weather can change in the blink of an eye. Chilly temperatures, dark clouds, rain, thunder and snow were all expected Friday along the Wasatch Front, according to KSL meteorologist Grant Weyman.
The Natural History Museum of Utah is hosting a preparedness fair, which began Friday and will continue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the museum's Canyon and on the outside plaza at the Rio Tinto Center at the University of Utah, 301 Wakara Way.
The fair includes various displays, demonstrations and experts to help educate people of all ages.
Traverse Mountain Elementary School sixth-graders Audrey Anderson and Jane Leroy learned a little about emergency medicine with the help of a patient simulator Friday.
The Red Cross of Utah showed what people should have in their first aid and emergency kits, and reviewed preparedness information.
At the Questar display, Lisa Thompson learned how to turn off a gas meter in case of an emergency, such as an earthquake.
With snow on the mountains and more to come in the next few months, now is a good time to review mountain safety tips, experts said.
Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center were on hand to discuss safety equipment such as a beacon, probe and shovel, and to inform people about what they need to know before heading out in the mountains.
Along with the free fair, the museum is hosting an exhibit called "Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters." The exhibit, which requires a ticket, explores the science of natural disasters.
For more information on the fair and the exhibit, visit http://nhmu.utah.edu.
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