Emergency Preparedness Committee: September 2017

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER! I have had the pleasure of contributing articles for the Seashore News over several years and do so in hopes that they serve as reminders and enlightenment to many things we can do to prepare for potential emergencies in our community, homes, travels, insuring the safety of our family and friends.
In this issue: What to do in case of a nuclear attack by North Korea and where to buy gas masks? NOT GOING THERE! What about the horrific increase in opioid use and overuse of antibiotics? NOT GOING THERE EITHER!
The statue of Robert E. Lee, Nooooo! AND, what about having some wine or Fire Ball at the bluff? (Well, we can talk about that!)
It’s true that most, if not all, issues, tips, and directions on how to prepare for emergencies can simply be found using Google or Wikipedia. Now that I’ve divulged one of my key resources, I encourage you to do the same and access an endless number of websites that provide information on earthquake preparedness, fire prevention, internet scams, water safety, response to heart attacks and strokes.
In Niguel Shores, we have sponsored several certification classes on First Aid, CPR, and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) which is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock through the chest to resuscitate the heart. These classes have been held in our own Clubhouse on a Saturday morning, and last about three hours, conducted by a certified instructor, and REALLY can
provide you with life saving techniques. If you are interested in participating in one of these classes please contact Matt Northrop in the office and we will schedule another class based on interest in the community.
AND, just as an FYI, did you know we have our own AED installed just inside the clubhouse entrance AND another one that is ALWAYS carried in the patrol vehicle that can be accessed in an emergency by calling the Gate House attendants? (BUT always call 911 as your first resource.)
How about your own expertise and knowledge about
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS? We welcome your suggestions on how we can make Niguel Shores and our residents better prepared for any emergency.

—Kent Wellbrock

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