The SSMHOA Emergency Preparedness Committee, led by Richard Cervantes, assisted by Bill Boyd, Penny Akashi and Nora Nicosia, has made big steps forward on educating residents about what to do in the event of a catastrophe. They have held three educational sessions this year, the last one at the home of Block Captain Jennifer Manoogian on Saturday November 1st, 2014. Homeowners were provided with information on methods to prepare homes and families in case of a major disaster such as an earthquake or tsunami. Bill Boyd and Penny Akashi demonstrated the use of handy emergency kits, flashlights, radios and other devices that can be used. They listed many other items that all residents should keep on hand. They also distributed pamphlets. Richard provided information on the upcoming Community Emergency Preparedness Mapping project and survey to determine community resources that can be used in the event of a major disaster. Other homeowners suggested the development of a plan for a centralized post emergency meeting zone within the Silver Strand.
There was a discussion about the need to have an Emergency Preparedness vendor make a presentation about available Home Kits which households can purchase. In the meantime, Richard has furnished a list of these vendors:SOS Survival Products, Van Nuys, CA – survival products, kits www.sosproducts.com 1-800-479-79981-800-479-7998
- Quake Kare Inc, Moorpark, CA 93021 – survival products, kits www.quakekare.com 1-805-553-06881-805-553-0688
- Ready Freddy – kits, no batteries required www.ReadyFreddy.com 1-800-687-64481-800-687-6448
- PreparedPAK – kits for home safety, family, pets, car www.preparedpak.com
Following the meeting for homeowners, the Committee held a meeting for Block Captains on November 19th hosted by Nora Nicosia, Chair of the Block Captain Committee. The subject was how to enable Emergency Communications between Block Captains and emergency services in the event that phone service (all types), along with internet access are unavailable (which is likely). SSMHOA has purchased walkie-talkies for Block Captains to use in these circumstances. Those Block Captains present were trained how to use them. In the event of a catastrophe they will be able to make contact with each other and learn about the special needs, especially medical, of those in their Mall. In addition they will have to relay these needs to local first responders (Medical, Police, Fire, etc.) via a local HAM Radio operator. If you are a HAM Radio operator and a SSMHOA member, please volunteer to be part of our Emergency Preparedness communication network by leaving a comment below.
A schedule for upcoming Emergency Preparedness meetings will be posted on the Silver Strand News. For more information you can contact Richard Cervantes by leaving a comment below.