There will be carnival games for fun and prizes for children and important information for parents. They can pick up a Child Safety Kit which includes a form to fill out that includes your child’s name, address, Social Security number, phone number and physical characteristics such as height and weight. Gutierrez said the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is also donated some DNA swabs that can be added to the kit.
The kit, she said, can be given to authorities in the event a child goes missing. Parents should keep the kits in a safe place, but should also update them from time to time as children grow.
Having such information helps law enforcement in their search when children are reported missing, she said. Gutierrez added that if you must use the kit, or if it becomes lost, you can obtain another one either through the LPD or through the NCEMC.
A bike safety course will be offered during the fair. And other agencies will be on hand, also, including Lebanon Fire Department, Wilson Emergency Management Agency, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Authority and University Medical Center. There will also be some gear on display from the LPD’s SWAT team.
There will be candy prizes awarded to children who win at the carnival games. The candy is donated by Wythe-Will Distributing Company, located in the South Perimeter Industrial Park off Maddox-Simpson Parkway, Lebanon.
Gutierrez said there will also be gang reference cards available to parents which include information on how to determine if your child might be involved with them.
A representative of an organization called Emergency Links Matter will also be on hand with a personal emergency notification system that you can put in your car or your teenager’s car.
The products offered by the company allow you to record your child’s name and contact information in case he or she is involved in accident. The kits can fit on a windshield visor, a person’s wrist or even on a child safety seat.
And to mark National Law Enforcement Week, there will be a display to honor the National Law Enforcement Memorial and a DVD will be played to tell everyone about it. The memorial, Gutierrez reminded, contains the name of Wilson County law officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The Take 25, A Child Safety Fair is free and everyone is invited to attend.
For more information, visit the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children at www.missingkids.com or www.emergencylinksmatter.com