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We*Ready Fall 2015



This Edition's Contents

It Can Happen Here

Planning Pays Off

New Campus AEDs

CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)

Seasonal Concern: Wildfire

It Can Happen Here

Although we work in an idyllic setting at Westmont, we’re not immune to the problems of the world. This summer we’ve empathized with the communities ravaged by wildfire and mourned with those involved in senseless shootings. As we carry on through another school year, we want to remind you where you can find information regarding Westmont’s response plans for our main foreseeable threats: http://www.westmont.edu/emergency.

This page—accessible from the footer of nearly all Westmont webpages—along with Westmont’s homepage, Facebook, and Twitter pages, are your best online sources for information concerning Westmont during an event.


Planning Pays Off


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Many of us will recall the frightening night of the Tea Fire, and the ensuing days to weeks and months of smells, and adjustments, and loss. This video reflects on some things that went well in the midst of massive disruption. It's designed to underscore the value of looking ahead. We share it with you in continuing care for those among us who, upon looking back, find their lives have never been quite the same.

New Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) on Campus

HeartSine AED









We recently added nine new AEDs on campus for a total of 12. Locations include:

  • Kerrwood Hall (by switchboard at patio entrance)
  • Dining Commons (entryway behind front desk)
  • Voskuyl Library (right of front entrance)
  • Murchison Gym (left entryway from lobby to gym)
  • Winter Hall (1st floor by psychology labs)
  • Health Center (lobby)
  • Athletic Training Room
  • Clark Halls (1st floor Clark A)
  • Page Hall (lobby)
  • Emerson Hall (main lounge)
  • Van Kampen Hall (courtyard near left, front entrance)
  • Armington Halls (Armington C Main Lounge)

You can see how to operate the AED here. Nearly 40 staff and faculty have completed a CPR/AED certification course, and we will soon add more dates!

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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Have you heard about Santa Barbara County’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training? The program received the prestigious California Service Group of the Year Award for demonstrating an unwavering commitment to oDescription: ERTur community. Here is your opportunity to get involved!

The Los Angeles City Fire Department started the CERT program in 1985, and it has taken off in cities across the nation. The program seeks to increase understanding of personal responsibility after a disaster and train citizens how to take care of themselves in emergency situations.

CERT classes cover the following topics:

  • Disaster Preparedness: Instructs team members how to prepare themselves and their community for the various types of hazards that may occur.
  • Fire Suppression: Covers fire chemistry, fire hazards and fire-suppression strategies.
  • Medical Operations: Participants practice diagnosing and treating airway obstructions, bleeding and shock by using simple triage and rapid treatment techniques. Covers evaluating patients, establishing a medical treatment area and performing basic first aid.
  • Light Search and Rescue: Participants learn light-search-and-rescue planning, techniques, and rescuer safety.
  • Team Organization and Disaster Psychology: Addresses CERT organization and management principles necessary for a CERT to operate successfully. Covers signs and symptoms the disaster victim and worker might experience.
  • Terrorism and Homeland Defense: Do’s and don’ts during a terrorist act and homeland defense tips.
  • Course Review and Disaster Simulation: Participants review the course and practice the skills they’ve learned during the previous sessions in a simulated disaster.

CERT is a free program open to residents more than 18 years of age. Trainings are available all year long in Goleta, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria. You can find more information about the Santa Barbara CERT here. You can complete full certification in nine weeks. However, you can train in as few or as many individual modules as you like. The individual sessions last about two hours. If you’re interested, let us know to what extent here!

Seasonal Concern: Wildfire

Embers blowing across Westmont during the 2008 Tea Fire








It’s not surprising that in the midst of an historic drought, California is also experiencing a critical increase in wildfires. Claiming half a dozen lives and injuring many more, incidents such as the Butte and Valley Fires remind us of the real danger they pose. We must make sure our families and community are ready at a moment’s notice should we face the threat of wildfire once more. Here are a couple important reminders:

  • If you are near campus, GO TO THE GYM. It’s fire resistant
    • Families and household pets always welcome
  • Have a Go-Kit prepared in a sturdy container (such as a suitcase on wheels) containing these necessary items:
    • Non-Perishable Food (and manual can opener if canned)
    • Water (1 gallon/person)
    • Flashlight (with extra batteries) and whistle
    • Prescribed medications and glasses
    • Cash or traveler’s check
    • Cell phone charger
    • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, passports, drivers’ licenses, birth certificates, and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
    • Spare car and house keys
    • Change of clothing and sensible shoes
    • Personal hygiene and feminine supplies
    • Pet supplies (including food, water and leashes)
    • A few garbage bags
    • Local maps

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