Ready at Home = Ready to Work
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California is suffering from the worst water crisis in the state since the 1600, so it’s essential we learn how to start conserving water and preserving our environment.
Due to worsening drought conditions in California, it is now a punishable act to waste water in the Golden State. The new rules also apply to California college campuses. According to USA Today College section, on July 15, the state Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) approved emergency measures to make excessive and unnecessary water usage an offense subject to $500 fines per day.
The good news is there are lots of simple ways to reduce the amount of water that we use at home, both inside and outside. IF we all work together, we can make a difference for our future.
Here are a few ways to start saving water today:
- When waiting for the shower to heat up, place a bucket under the faucet to catch the cold water and use it to water houseplants.
- Use a broom rather than a hose to clean your driveway or patio.
- Take your car to a water recycling car wash or only wash your windows and not the whole car
- Keep showers to 5 minutes or less
- Don’t let the water run when brushing your teeth, shaving, doing dishes, etc.
For more ways to conserve water at home go to: http://saveourh2o.org/content/home
With severe drought conditions likely to continue, we must remember that we live and work in a “high-risk” danger zone for wildfires.
At the recent Coffee with a Cop session, we had some very engaging conversation. The Area Commander and three officers from our local substation, plus the countywide Public Information Officer, participated in the discussion—along with the Chief and another firefighter from Montecito Fire.
Here are some of the ideas and suggestions that we will be following up on. Please take advantage of those you can apply to your situation.
- "Go to Safety" - Have that be your main thought. Use Evade|Barricade\Overwhelm as you consider options, but always look for the safest one. That is, you may not need to leave where you are; if you're safe, don't move.
- When law enforcement arrives, always keep your hands visible. If you can have your ID out of your pocket or purse, that's a bonus.
- Where feasible and confidently safe, send one or two people to check out the surroundings and report back to a group.
- Remember that the fire extinguisher in your room can be used as a weapon and/or distraction. Any seconds the intruder can be delayed are good for everybody.
- We will now add the Fire and Sheriff departments to our notification system so that when we issue alerts they will know what's up and what we've said.
- Montecito Fire already carries our building diagrams; these will be shared with the Sheriff as well.
In the extremely unlikely event that a member of the Westmont community has reason to believe she or he might have been exposed to someone with the Ebola virus within the last 21 days, Dr. Hernandez would contact the County Health Department (CHD) to determine their most recent recommendation (since this could change over time).
Our campus Situation Readiness & Response Team is closely monitoring any ongoing developments related to Ebola and is prepared to update our response plan as appropriate.
- According to the Center for Disease Control, Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth) with:
blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola
- objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the virus
- infected animals.
Ebola is not spread through the air, by water, or in general, by food. There is no evidence that mosquitoes or other insects can transmit Ebola virus. Only a few species of mammals (for example, humans, bats, monkeys, and apes) have shown the ability to become infected with and spread Ebola virus.
Here is helpful information about Ebola from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.