Originally published Friday, October 13, 2017 at 05:55a.m.

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Learn how to cook using a Dutch oven and other helpful emergency skills during the Community Preparedness Fair. This free event will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 in the Harkins Theatres parking lot, just north of Buffalo Wild Wings in Prescott Valley. (Richard Haddad/WNI)

In the wake of recent earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding and devastating wildfires quad-city residents have a unique opportunity Saturday, Oct. 14, to get free expert advice and see demonstrations and displays about how to be prepared for an emergency.

The public is invited to attend the annual Community Preparedness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Harkins Theatres parking lot, just north of Buffalo Wild Wings in Prescott Valley. This event is free to the public.

See demonstrations and displays on how to cook food when power is out using Dutch ovens and solar cooking. Learn how to build a 72-hour kit or vehicle emergency kit and see examples. Get how-to instruction on food storage, preparing freeze-dried foods and wet- or dry-pack canning. Learn “stay-alive” tips from Central Arizona Fire, search and rescue experts, local police and sheriff agencies, C.E.R.T., The American Red Cross and more. Learn how you can maintain effective communications during an emergency or evacuation though HAM, CB and family radio equipment. Learn how to grow a better garden for food. Get information on pet and livestock emergency care. Learn how to store water effectively or locate and purify water during an emergency.

This annual event is hosted by the Prescott Valley Arizona Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

To view an event flyer with a map and additional information, visit PrepFair.net.