Emergency Operations

SEPTEMBER IS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS MONTH
In a disaster or emergency, you probably won’t be able to shop for the supplies you need.  You won’t know where you will be when disaster strikes, so it’s very important to be prepared ahead of time.  Visit https://www.earthquakecountry.org/sevensteps for preparedness information.

Get A Kit - When preparing for a possible emergency situation, it's best to think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth. However, your disaster kit may include other essential items that your family may need in the event of a disaster. Learn how to build your Kit or where to buy prepared Kits, http://www.readyoc.org/prepare/make-kit.html

Make A Plan - How often is your entire family all in one place at one time?  The likelihood becomes even less in the chance of a disaster. Odds are your children will be at school, your pet will be at home and you will be at work. How will you contact one another, get back together and handle the disaster in your individual locations? 
Take advantage of the Planning Tools located at  -  -  - http://www.readyoc.org/prepare/get-plan.html

Get Emergency Planning Documents – PDF documents (planning templates) to prepare Kits and Family Plans are available at  -  -  -  http://www.readyoc.org/resources/readyoc-pubs.html

Keep Informed - Subscribe to AlertOC.

AlertOC is a mass notification system to keep Orange County, California residents and businesses informed of emergencies and certain community events. Subscribe to http://www.readyoc.org/prepare/be-informed.html

THE GREAT CALIFORNIA SHAKEOUT OCTOBER 19, 10:19 AM
Participate in this year’s Great California ShakeOut on October 19, 2017. Visit the Great California ShakeOut Web site at http://www.shakeout.org/california.

The ShakeOut is designed to provide a sense of urgency about earthquakes and to encourage people, organizations, schools, and communities to get prepared, to practice what to do to be safe, and to learn how to enhance existing plans. The ShakeOut began in California in 2008 and has become a global event, with 55 million participants worldwide in 2016. Learn more at https://www.earthquakecountry.org/sevensteps

FREE FLU SHOTS - OCTOBER 26, 2017, 11-1 PM
Protect yourself against the flu. Free Flu Shots, October 25, 2017, 11-1 pm Westminster Community Service Center, 8200 Westminster Blvd. Visit http://www1.ochca.com/ochealthinfo.com/freeflushot/

Cooling Center for Westminster – Westminster Senior Center
During high temperature weather conditions, it is important to stay hydrated and cool.  The Westminster Senior Center serves as the City Cooling Center located at 8200 Westminster Blvd.  Call 714-895-7828 for hours of operation. Visit the following link for additional information CDC Guide to Extreme Heat

Tips to Prevent Heat Related Illness

  • Never leave infants, children or the frail elderly unattended in a parked car.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty.
  • Dress in lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. Use a hat and sunscreen as needed.
  • Read more: Division of Occupational Safety & Health (bilingual resources), Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather
  • Drink fruit juice or a sports beverage to replace salts and minerals lost during heavy sweating. (If a client/resident is on a low-sodium diet, check with his/her physician first.)
  • During the hottest parts of the day, keep physical activities to a minimum and stay indoors in air-conditioning and out of the sun.
  • Use fans as needed.
  • Open windows to allow fresh air to circulate when appropriate.
  • Use cool compresses, misting, showers and baths.
  • Avoid hot foods and heavy meals—they add heat to the body.
  • Eat frozen treats.
  • Check on vulnerable friends and family members.

Smart Phone Apps for Emergencies:
Several Smart Phone Apps are available to iPhone and Android devices to keep informed on topics such as CPR, First Aid, First Response, Disease, Health and Weather.  You can locate and download these apps from:    http://www.readyoc.org/resources/phone-apps.html   www.red-cross.org

Westminster Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) volunteers are trained to provide voice, video and data communications during emergencies or events using their own equipment on County VHF and UHF repeaters and simplex frequencies. When activated Westminster RACES provides emergency communication support to the City of Westminster. For additional information contact the following: Chi Nguyen, Chief Radio Officer, chinguyen@yahoo.com

West County CERT: West County CERT is a community oriented disaster preparation program for residents of Buena Park, Cypress, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach and Westminster: For additional information visit: www/westcountycert@yahoo.com

The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in the neighborhood and workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

Preparedness Links

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.html 
www.red-cross.org
www.ready.gov

For additional information on emergency preparedness, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) or Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) email elopez@westminster-ca.gov