Emergency Preparedness Committee: 2017

Ready or not, 2017 has arrived, and we hope you closed out 2016 with wonderful and safe holiday celebrations with family and friends.

What about all of those resolutions dancing around in your heads? Exercise, diets, Honey-do’s, etc. Why not add a few easy items that will help insure you are BETTER PREPARED to make your home safe & sound in the event of unforeseen emergencies or events.

If you are still in the process of taking down Christmas decorations make sure you use the same steps you followed in putting them up last month. You know the drill: take care with that ladder inside or outside the house taking down the lights, tree, extension cords, and discard the dry tree and wreaths carefully. DON’T burn them in the fireplace! Throw away any broken ornaments, frayed lights, and pack everything carefully ’cause it won’t be long before we are doing it all over again.
What better time to install new batteries in you smoke alarms and flashlights. You might even check out the new models and replace the old with new technology.
Not a bad time to update your Emergency contact list of names, telephone #’s, documents, and home exit plans.
Make sure the whole family is on the same page. Wouldn’t hurt to do a checklist on the family vehicles either: first aid kits, flashlights, and maintenance. It might sound like a broken record, but update and replenish your earthquake supplies with new batteries, food, water, tools, etc. You would be surprised at how many resources are available offering ready-made kits and supplies already packaged and sealed.
NOTE: We haven’t done very well with our last scheduled AED/CPR/FIRST AID classes. We all have things to do on Saturday mornings, but what’s more important than being knowledgeable and certified in the event a family member and friend might need assistance in a life saving measure.
If you are interested in attending a class in the next 2 or 3 months in our own Recreation Center on a Saturday morning for 3 hours of professional training, just call or E-Mail Matt Northrop in the Niguel Shore office and we will monitor the interest and offer another class.
Please add the suggestions above to your EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS RESOLUTIONS for 2017.
—Kent Wellbrock