When the massive power outage hit our region last year, how did you fare? Could you have easily lasted a few more days without that electricity?
Experts recommend that you be prepared to answer that question ‘yes’ with certainty. In fact, most recommend that you keep enough food and supplies to survive a solid 72 hours in case another disaster hits.
In an effort to help more Encinitas residents prepare, the Encinitas Fire Department and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) are teaming up to present a free, one-hour “Are Your Ready” disaster training program on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center.
According to program coordinator Dave Tostenson the free training will be tailored to address disasters that are likely to hit Encinitas.
“Our training will help participants understand the risks specific to our area, explain what to do ahead of time to minimize the effects of a disaster on our homes and families, outline the supplies needed to carry us for up to 72 hours and discuss how to work together with our neighbors in emergencies,” he stated. “A community-wide disaster can overwhelm public emergency response resources. Building a safe, prepared and strong Encinitas community is the aim of our ‘Are You Ready’ program. The more people we can train, the stronger our city will be!”
Encinitas Fire Department-endorsed Home Disaster Preparedness Starter Kits will also be available at a reduced price during the training session.
If you’d like to register for the free training, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.enccert.org or call program coordinator Dave Tostenson at 760-634-5605. Due to limited space, people are encouraged to sign up soon.