This is National Preparedness month, and the Alton congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is encouraging local residents to prepare for disasters of both the natural and man-made variety.  That could include everything from tornadoes and flooding to an economic collapse, to a terrorist situation.  Emergency officials across the board say everyone should be prepared to be off the grid for at least three days when planning for an emergency

Event spokesman Andy Ferguson says one of their goals is to get everyone thinking about the possibility and what they would need to get by.

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Many River Bend residents were left without power for nearly a week following a pair of storms that hit in 2006 - one a rogue summer storm that swept in from the north, and another from a winter ice storm.  There will be booths and break-out sessions throughout the day.  Organizers say there is ample parking available.  It runs Saturday from 10am-3pm at the church on Humbert Road next to Highway 255.

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