Between flooded communities, neighborhoods torn apart by twisters and massive factory explosions, the country has experienced its share of disasters. But don't head to the bunker yet—the Discovery Center of Idaho is ready to jump into the fray, kind of.
DCI is teaming with the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security to host Disaster Days Saturday, June 29, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Ten local and federal agencies will be at the ready to offer advice and training to families looking to prepare for calamities. Each organization will present working models and demonstrations that can help old and young deal with disaster.
While the Red Cross teaches participants what makes an effective 72-hour emergency kit (sorry, it doesn't include your gaming system), the National Weather Service shows off how it operates weather balloons to predict patterns in the atmosphere. The Idaho Department of Water Resources will even show you if your house would flood if Lucky Peak Dam ever bursts.
The Boise Fire Department will also have a hazmat truck on-site for kids to walk through and learn what civilians and professionals should do in the event of a hazardous materials spill.
Need more motivation to get prepared? Anyone who visits every booth at Disaster Days is eligible to enter a raffle for a family pass to an upcoming Discovery Center event.
Of course, the Discovery Center crew doesn't want to leave Disaster Days visitors with a bad taste in their mouths (or nightmares), so they'll be whipping up some liquid nitrogen ice cream.