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Wildfire preparedness day is Saturday

Appomattox Christian Academy will host a Wildfire Preparedness Day on Saturday in collaboration with St. Andrew’s Reformed Episcopal Church, the Appomattox Leo Club, the Appomattox Lions Club and Safety Education Solutions, LLC of Lynchburg.

According to a press release from the Appomattox Christian Academy, the purpose of the event is to encourage families in Central Virginia “to be very aware of the increased risk of forest fires in this region due to the brush left by the tornado in … 2016 and to empower families to be prepared and take action now to avoid disaster.”

“Families are encouraged to visit the Wildfire Preparedness Event at 1916 Redfields Road, Appomattox from 9 a.m.-noon at no cost,” officials said in a press release. “Come learn more about how you and your family can be prepared before disaster strikes and how to prevent disaster.”

The release stated Smokey the Bear will be on site and that attendees can build a structure and test it against a simulated earthquake. Other activities include a walk through a campsite where attendees can find all the dangers left by a careless camper, a movie about fire safety and the escape room which is designed to help your family learn how to get out of the house during a fire.

“Learn how to plan an escape route and plan a family meeting place and many more activities,” officials said.

According to the release attendees can complete the Parent homework sheet found at the Jamerson Memorial Library on Main Street in Appomattox or download the forms from AppomattoxChristianAcademy.com. For more information, call (434) 352-7373 or visit AppomattoxChristianAcademy.com.