Be prepared for anything at Millville safety and health fair


Where should pets go during a storm evacuation? How can you treat substance abuse? What happens in search-and-rescue? What’s your own cholesterol level?

The answers to many health and safety questions can be found in Millville Town Hall on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The public is invited to a free Preparedness, Safety & Health Fair, hosted by Blackwater Village Association’s Community Emergency Response Team Advisors (CERTA).

People can get helpful hints to prepare for an emergency requiring a possible evacuation, need for shelters, care of the elderly, handling of pets and more.

Beebe Healthcare will also offer free flu shots, and free health screenings for blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, bone density and BMI.

“We started with a safety fair, and I said for safety, we ought get somebody from health,” said co-organizer Cherry Gonder. “The ball started rolling. Everybody got excited.”

CERTA is a community action team of interested citizens who provide information to assist in preparing for an emergency. Although they aren’t actual emergency responders, Gonder said they aim to educate people.

People can ask questions of the American Red Cross, Poison Control Center, Atlantic General Hospital, Department of Transportation, National Guard, Delaware State Police, Ocean View Police, Millville Volunteer Fire Company and Sussex County Emergency Operations Center. Even Civil Air Patrol will discuss search-and-rescue missions. Animal advocacy groups will also share the best plans for animals in emergencies.

Health-wise, there are booths for Hospice, La Red, women’s health, substance abuse and more.

“We’re gonna have piles of info on the tables,” Gonder said. “Right now I’m just hoping it all fits.”

A bake sale will keep things sweet and benefit Indian River High School cross-country team and other students.

State Sen. Gerald Hocker, Rep. Ron Gray, Sussex County Rep. George Cole, and other legislators were invited to make an appearance.