Eight of 10 Orange County residents are not prepared for a large-scale disaster such as wildfires, earthquakes and floods, according to disaster readiness Web site ReadyOC.org.

To help residents be more prepared, Orange County Supervisor Patricia C. Bates is hosting the 2nd annual South County Disaster Preparedness Expo on Saturday, Oct. 17.

The goal is to teach residents emergency readiness, response and recovery techniques and experience disaster simulations. For more information on the Expo, click here.

“Preparedness is absolutely critical for Orange County residents, because what we do now will determine what our lives will be like after a major disaster,” Bates said in a release. “We can’t predict when an emergency will strike but we can be prepared for one, and the Expo will help show us how.”

The expo includes booths offering information, interactive displays, registrations for emergency alert notifications and CPR demonstrations.

For more information, contact Brooke De Baca at debaca@ocgov.com