Emergency Preparedness Committee – Be Prepared

Be Prepared

   Would you be ready if there were and emergency?  Be prepared: assemble an emergency supply kit, make your emergency plans, stay informed, and get involved in helping your family, your business, and your community be ready for emergencies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have provided a multitude of resources in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and The US Department of Homeland Security and we are listing just a few of the many web sites that focus on Emergency Preparedness to let you explore these options:

– Get a Kit. (http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

– Make a Plan. (http://www.read.gov/make-a-plan)

– Be Informed. (http://www.ready.gov/be-informed)

– Get Involved. (http://www.ready.gov/get-involved)

   Emergency preparedness month focuses on:

– Home and family preparedness, including pets, older Americans, and individuals with disabilities and special needs. – http://ready.gov/america/index.html)

– Back to school – http://www.ready.gov./kids)

– Business preparedness – (http://www.ready.gov./business)

   In collaboration with the American Red Cross, CDC’s Web site identifies and answers common questions about preparing for unexpected events, including:

– Developing a family disaster plan  (http://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/plan)

– Gathering emergency supplies – (http://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/kit)

– Learning how to shelter in place (http://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/shelter)

– Understanding quarantine and isolation – (http://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/quarantine?

– Learning how to maintain a healthy state of mind (http://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/mind)

   The Emergency Preparedness and Response web site offers additional information and resources under topics such as hurricane preparedness, earthquakes, extreme heat, and bioterrorism. If disaster strikes our community, you might not have access to food, water, or electricity for some time.  By taking time now to prepare emergency water supplies, food supplies and a disaster supplies kit, you can provide for your entire family.

   Please take time to review the items recommended for a disaster supplies kit. (http://emergency.cdc.gov/ preparedness/ kit/disasters)

   Make plans with your family and friends in case you’re not together during and emergency.  Discuss how you’ll contact each other, where you’ll meet, and what you’ll do in different situations.  Read how to develop a family disaster plan.

(http://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/plan)

   We hope some of these resources are helpful and provide you with valuable information and tips on how you can be prepared for possible emergencies in your home, our community of Niguel Shores, work environment, and your children’s schools.To dig deeper into additional resources just Google:  disaster preparedness and search for topics that interest you.  Also, if you have additional questions on Emergency Preparedness and safety, please go on the Niguel Shores web site and let The Emergency Preparedness Committee know what your interests are and how we might further assist our community in being better prepared.

  Kid’s Contest: Regretfully, the Kid’s Contest that we announced in the July issue of the Seashore News did not generate any entries.  We were fortunate to receive over $700 in money and prizes from several very generous vendors that are active advertisers in our community and participate frequently in activities benefiting Niguel Shores.  Again, special thanks to Connie McKibban of Prudential California Reality, Kathy Ellis of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Phil Immel of Prudential California Reality, the City of Dana Point Emergency Services, and the Ritz Carlton Hotel.
We would still like to stimulate the creativity and emergency preparedness of Niguel Shore’s children (and parents) and will decide what we might create in a future challenge to win the various prizes we will retain for that purpose.  We welcome any suggestions you might have to reward our kid’s interest in keeping their homes and activities safe and prepared for any emergencies. Kent Wellbrock, Emergency Preparedness Committee

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