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Photo by Hank Lohmeyer Advanced water filtration technology is available for those interested in a high-tech approach to being prepared for emergencies.

The Boy Scouts know it -- their motto is "Be prepared."

Any number of natural or human-caused events occurring while at home, on the road, or while on an outdoor adventure can place a person or family in the position of wishing they had been better prepared.

Tips and instruction on being a better-prepared person who can then live life with more confidence and independence were the subject of a community forum on emergency preparedness held at the Cedaredge LDS Church last Saturday.

There were nearly a dozen exhibitors set up in the gym with displays ranging from the low-tech topics of edible plants you can grow at home to the high-tech topics of advanced water filtration and secure emergency communications.

Along with the displays was a series of mini seminars conducted through the afternoon and early evening. The seminars were hosted by local community resources and professionals who shared their knowledge on additional topics. Those included the preparation of important legal documents that are considered key for families and individuals during life change emergencies, gardening and seed saving, freeze dried foods, and other topics.

Thought provoking presentations included things to think about when deciding whether and how to prepare for an emergency event, and lots of useful information about growing and storing nutritious food supplies at home.

There were commonsense tips on what kinds of everyday items are handy to have if the power goes out for a period of time, and knowing what kind of common camping gear to have on hand if the family ever has to rough it at home for a few days due to some emergency situation arising.

Photo by Hank Lohmeyer Varieties of edible plants make commonsense additions to a collection of favorite house plants or to year-round window box gardens.
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