Home safety and preparedness show is June 23 in Kenner

With hurricane season under way, the RAM Home Safety Prep Show presented by Popular Mechanics is being held for the first time in New Orleans, as part of a 2012 tour that includes northwest Arkansas and Houston.

23_disaster_guests.JPGView full sizeAppearing at the event will be, from left, Mykel Hawke, star of Discovery’s ‘Man, Woman, Wild’ and ‘One Man Army’; Colby Donaldson, ‘Survivor’ finalist and host of History Channel’s ‘Top Shot’; and Chris Grundy, host of DIY Network’s ‘Cool Tools.’

The show will feature local first responders, Popular Mechanics editors, WDSU weather pros, survival gurus and celebrity experts offering families information on how to survive any disaster and thrive in the aftermath.

Chris Grundy, host of DIY Network’s “Cool Tools,” will host the day-long event. Guest stars include Colby Donaldson, “Survivor” finalist and host of History Channel’s “Top Shot,” and Mykel Hawke, star of Discovery’s “Man, Woman, Wild” and “One Man Army.” Also on hand will be Popular Mechanics editor in chief, Jim Meigs, who helped rebuild homes in the 9th Ward with Habitat for Humanity after Hurricane Katrina.

Panels and workshops will focus on topics including the gear you need on hand to prepare your home and survive any disaster, survival lessons from the Green Berets, hands-on emergency medicine and a storm-spotting clinic.

Workshops and speakers include:

Mykel Hawke’s Spec Ops Survival School: The former Green Beret, disaster relief expert, survival guru and TV star leads a session on the skills it takes to survive a natural disaster — or any emergency — and thrive in the aftermath.

23_disaster_exhibit.JPGView full sizeEmergency vehicles, such as those displayed at a recent show in Houston, will be among the featured exhibits at the June 23 RAM Home Safety Prep Show.

“What ‘Top Shot’ and ‘Survivor’ taught me about surviving in the real world”: Colby Donaldson explains how, when it comes to preparing and helping out, he’s taken lessons from TV and applied them to his own life.

Margaret Orr’s 2012 Hurricane Clinic: WDSU’s chief meteorologist gives her interactive long-term forecast.

Roy’s ultimate disaster garage: Roy Berendsohn, senior home editor for Popular Mechanics, talks about what kind of tools, gear and gadgets you need in your garage if you have to rebuild after an emergency — or lend a hand to others. He offers a must-have list for your garage.

10 things every mom needs to take care of her family: Lisa Bedford, author of “Survival Mom” (Harper Collins) and the creator of the popular blog, TheSurvivalMom.com, provides a checklist of tips, tricks and advice for moms and dads to help them through losing power at home and other challenges.

Hands-on emergency medicine: Dr. Joe Alton and Nurse Amy Alton help people understand the basics of first aid and emergency medicine, especially if professional attention isn’t available. Learn how to deal with hyperthermia, hypothermia, minor wounds and other ailments.

Exhibitors will include David South, founder of the Monolithic Dome Institute; the Kenner Fire Department’s Fire Safety House; the Coast Guard’s Rapid Response Boat; the Red Cross’s Emergency Response Vehicle; Southern Baptist Disaster Relief; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Boy Scouts of America and American Preppers Network.


RAM Home Safety Prep Show presented by Popular Mechanics

WHEN: June 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

WHERE: Pontchartrain Center, Williams Boulevard at the lake, Kenner

TICKETS: $8 at the door; children 18 and younger admitted free

INFORMATION: www.popularmechanicshomesafety.com/new-orleans

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