St. Matthew's Episcopal Church and the Audrain County Emergency Management Agency are hosting a Disaster Expo this Sunday. It will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at St. Matthew's Church, 1100 Grove St.

Several community response agencies will be present to discuss response tactics, share ideas on being prepared and answer questions on planning, preparedness, response and recovery.

Beth Simpson, deacon at St. Matthew's is excited about the event and she expects a good turnout.

The idea came from members of St. Matthew's. "We wanted to hold a workshop on disaster preparedness," Simpson said. She said other people began to show interest and it turned into something bigger. "I believe it is good for our community," she said.

Simpson said there are 16 to 17 exhibitors scheduled to attend with displays of rescue equipment and answer questions, as well.

Displays outside the church will include an ambulance, ladder truck, Red Cross emergency vehicle, a school bus, and hopefully an airvac helicopter.

Simpson said the event is to give residents tips on how to keep their family warm, fed and dry during a disaster. She said a tornado may not damage a home, but there are other problems to consider like no electricity. "People don't think what it would be like if the power goes out in the winter for a significant amount of time," she said.

A demonstration will be given on how to cook with fire.

There will also be food and door prizes. Two door prizes will be 72-hour survival kits with first aid, blankets and other items; and four prizes of food packs (enough for three days) donated by the Laura Miller George Help Center.

Hamburgers and pork burgers will be cooked by Consolidated Electric Cooperative staff. The meat is being donated by the Cattlemen's Association and Pork Producers. Cookies are also being donated by Hardee's.

For more information call Simpson at 581-1498 (church) or 239-2875 (cell); or Audrain Emergency Management at 473-5892.