Red Stick Ready Day, a free event for local residents who need help preparing for hurricanes and other emergencies, will be held at the Mall of Louisiana on Saturday from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

Booths will be set up on the first floor of the mall, with most located beneath the food court, according to a city-parish news release.

Mayor-President Kip Holden said he is declaring Saturday “Red Stick Ready Day” in East Baton Rouge Parish to encourage residents to take immediate action to prepare for what is forecast to be a busy hurricane season, and to learn more about personal preparedness for all disasters.

“We learned through experience that the better prepared our citizens are for an emergency situation, the more effectively we can work as a community to stay safe, minimize disruption and recover more quickly,” Holden said in the release. “We want citizens to have an opportunity to talk directly with the first responders who work to keep them safe during emergencies, and also learn how they can help be a part of our city-parish response.”

Representatives with local, state, federal, and private agencies will hand out information, speak with residents, present preparedness tips, give away essential items, and more.

Participating at the event are the Baton Rouge Police Department, Baton Rouge Fire Department, Louisiana State Police, Emergency Medical Services, American Red Cross, Entergy, Metropolitan Medical Response System, Office of Public Health, East Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control Office, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, St. George Fire Department, I Care, the National Weather Service Slidell Office, ExxonMobil and others.