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Hurricanes – Be Prepared

With the start of the Atlantic hurricane season beginning June 1, it is time to prepare and use emergency procedures and resources to stay safe.

According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, there is a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season. Forecasters predict there is a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which five to nine could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including two to four major hurricanes (Category 3, 4, or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).

Take these steps to prepare:

  1. Secure your home, including windows, roof, soffits, and other openings.
  2. Know your evacuation route.
  3. Don’t hesitate when it’s time to leave.

To be ready for any emergency, make a personal disaster plan that fits your needs and those of your family. Take a look at the Disaster Prepper’s book!

Consider how you will contact each other and where to meet if you can’t go home. Also think about creating a “go kit” that includes a battery-powered radio, medications, records you may need, food and water, and comfort items if you have to shelter or evacuate for a few hours or days.

Download the American Red Cross Hurricane App for iPhone and Android devices to monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm, prepare your family and home, and notify others you’re safe even if the power is out.

You can get free community training throughout the USA, look up CERT – Community Emergency Response.

Related Links: CERT Training Classes    Disasters Infographic  Disaster Prepper’s book

GET READY, Take Classes on Disasters and More

This Tsunami is not the first nor will it be the last. Get prepared to help in YOUR COMMUNITY!

There are several resources:

  • Adult Education
  • CERT – Community Emergency Response, called PANDA in Palo Alto
  • Red Cross

Here are some classes:

***YOUR FIRST step should be to get CERT trained.

The American Red Cross is offering free CPR training in several Northern
California locations on Saturday, March 12, 2011. Register today and learn
lifesaving skills that will better prepare you and your family for
emergencies. CPR classes will be offered in English, Spanish and Cantonese
at various locations.

To register go to  <http://www.redcrosscprsaturday.org/>

These classes fill up so to ensure a spot register as soon as you can.

Wilderness First Aid

We are scheduling a Wilderness First Aid Class for San Mateo CERT Graduates.
The instructor has offered this class at a much lower price than what is
normally charged. It is a 16 hour class that is being offered for CERT
members in the City of San Mateo .  This class is incredibly relevant to
Disaster first aid and I encourage anyone interested in learning more about
either Disaster or Wilderness first aid to sign-up for it.  The cost of the
class will be $85.00, and will be scheduled for a weekend sometime in May or
June. To deliver this class we need to have a minimum of 8 people that will
attend. In this class, students will learn about Patient Assessment,
managing wounds and injuries in an outdoor or extended care environment, and
dealing with environmental hazards such as heat and cold emergencies which
may be faced during a disaster.  Students will have many hands-on
opportunities to practice what they have learned, so even if you feel
comfortable with First Aid skills, the practice you gain from attending will
be time well spent.  Students completing this course will be eligible for
the American Safety and Health Institute Wilderness First Aid Certification.

If you are interested in this class, please contact Herb Patten,
hpatten@pacbell.net and let him know you are interested.  If we get the
required minimum participants we will establish a firm schedule.