Marysville will host a free showing of the 1996 film “Twister” and offer a chance for locals to connect with the city’s emergency management team on Sept. 12.

The film follows a group of storm chasers who investigate a tornadoes in Oklahoma.

The free event will be held at the Marysville Opera House at 1225 3rd St., Marysville. Doors open at 6 p.m. The film starts at 6:30 p.m.

The film is recommended for those 6-years-old and up.

City officials wanted to show the film as a way to get out into the community.

“We want to connect with the community as often as possible,” said Jenn Brown, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the city.

Brown is still fairly new to the job which she started earlier this year.

“This is an excellent time for me to meet the community,” she said.

City officials like Brown will be able to talk to attendees about a number of issues related to disaster preparedness.

“We can talk about what we can do to prepare,” she said. “We’ll be available before and after the film for anyone to talk with us.”

She hopes that people begin to have an overall emergency plan and build emergency kits for their car, for home and for work.

“If something occurs at home or at work we want to make sure you’re better prepared,” she said.

Preparing for a disaster is one of the most important parts of recovery if something happened in Marysville.

“Oftentimes most people believe that resiliency comes from how you respond to disaster,” she said.

“What the research show and what I believe is that resiliency comes from how you prepare and the steps you take to lessen the negative outcomes.”

People can learn about how the city can help them prepare for a disaster as well at the event.

“We’re here to help you prepare and help you recover,” said Brown.

Additionally, Brown also hopes to learn what the community needs.

“I want to hear what they want from us as well,” she said, “where the strengths and gaps of the community are when it comes to disaster preparedness.”

Brown said that it will be a family oriented film night and hopes that people come out to meet their local officials. 

“I’m really excited for the film, it’s one of my favorites. It’s actually one of the reasons I do what I do,” she said, as she saw the film in high school and was inspired to pursue a career related to disasters.

Popcorn and refreshments will be available for a suggested donation at the event.

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