Chinatown Community Gets Ready for Disaster at Youth-led Preparedness Fair
By Debbie Yee, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter
April 23, 2010
Top city officials and community advocates gathered on April 1 at Portsmouth Square Recreation Center in San Francisco’s Chinatown to launch the first annual Chinatown Preparedness Fair to enhance the readiness efforts actively taking shape in this local community. The fair, led by Youth for Chinese Elderly (YCE) volunteers on their spring break, attracted hundreds of people and featured speakers including David Chiu, President of the Board of Supervisors, Vicki Hennessy, Executive Director of the Department of Emergency Management and other local leaders who commended the American Red Cross and partners who collaborate to prepare this community for disaster.
Resource booths were hosted by NICOS Chinese Health Coalition, the San Francisco Fire Department, and many others who provided bilingual preparedness resources to community members. YCE members designed interactive preparedness games to engage passersby of all ages and illustrate that preparedness is simple, achievable, and fun.