Rosemead - Hundreds of people from Rosemead and surrounding areas participated in City of Rosemead's 33rd Annual National Night Out, Emergency Preparedness and Back-to-School Resource Fair on Aug. 2, 2016 at Rosemead Park.
A few local businesses donated school back packs and supplies, there were speeches with important information about safety, especially to youth, by County of Los Angeles Sheriff's Department officers, many booths and displays from Sheriff search and rescue and a command center truck, American Medical Response ambulance, City of Rosemead, Rosemead Chamber of Commerce, emergency preparedness supplies company, local businesses that had drawings and more to win free prizes, including Walmart giving out free back packs, Target providing food and refreshments, City of Rosemead Queen Michelle Luu visiting with attendees, and generally people having a good time learning while having fun.
Mandy Wong, Rosemead's public safety director, said the city and Sheriff's department were very pleased with the good turnout. "The community came out to have fun learning about important safety topics," said Wong. "We made a big effort to involve many community organizations and businesses and it was very successful with citizens getting information and having fun being here." Wong said the event also gave an opportunity for residents and business people to talk to city staff, police, fire and emergency services personnel they may not go visit.
There were many prizes given out for a few hours from among the dozens of informational booths, and many businesses and groups who made donations. Among them were Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, Grocery Outlet, Kapital Distribution, Macaroni Kid, Panda Restaurant Group, Republic Services, Safe n' Ready, Target, and Walmart.
Among a few of the dozens of booths were American Medical Response, American Red Cross, Boy Scout Troop 511, City of Rosemead's Emergency Communication Team, Crime Stoppers, Sheriff's Disaster Communication Service, County of Los Angeles Fire Department, County of Los Angeles Library, County of Los Angeles Parks and Recreation, National Alliance on Mental Illness San Gabriel Valley, N'Vision Woodcraft Ranger, Rosemead Kiwanis Key Club, Rosemead School District, Republic Services, and Safe N' Ready.