Media Release


Thursday, September 04, 2014
For Immediate Release

Contact: Jennifer Davies
Telephone: 229-2210


Local Governments Celebrate National Preparedness Month With Emergency Kit Cook-Off
Local Chefs And Government Representatives Will Face Off Wednesday, Sept. 10


Local chefs Beni Velazquez, Phillip L. Dell, Johnny Church and a special guest will go head-to-head with teams from local governments to see who can create the tastiest dish from emergency food supplies as part of National Preparedness Month. The cook-off is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. on the second floor patio of Las Vegas City Hall at 495 S. Main St.

Teams from Clark County, and the cities of Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas will be taking on ingredients like canned clams, tuna, fruit cocktail, corn flakes, apple sauce and other non-perishable foods found in emergency kits.

Based on the hit television show “Chopped,” the teams will be presented with a collection of ingredients and given 30 minutes to create gourmet bites from nonperishable emergency kit items. Guest judges will include Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak, Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen and North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee. Each team will have two members and a chef:

  • Team Las Vegas: Councilman Steven D. Ross and Chief of Staff Ted Olivas
  • Team Henderson: Councilwoman Debra March and Emergency Manager Ryan Turner
  • Team North Las Vegas: Mayor Pro Tem Anita Wood and Emergency Manager Carlito Rayos
  • Team Clark County: Commissioner Lawrence Weekly and Emergency Manager Chief John Steinbeck

Through Monday, Sept. 8, the public is invited to vote for which ingredients should be included in the Emergency Kit Cook-Off at   

September marks the 11th annual National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the U.S. Department of Homeland

Security. National Preparedness Month aims to educate the public about how to prepare for emergencies, including natural disasters, mass casualties, biological and chemical threats, radiation emergencies, and terrorist attacks. Learn more about preparing for emergencies at Residents can follow the city of Las Vegas’ emergency management team at to stay updated during major weather events and other emergencies.



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