Ready at Home = Ready to Work
We*Ready Summer 2012
This Edition's Contents
Do you have a family emergency communication plan? What would you do if you were not around your family when a disaster hit?
One of the most critical aspects of readiness is communication. Follow these easy steps to get your family ready.
- Complete a contact card for each member of your family. Find a basic, Red Cross printout here. Include all important numbers--home, cell & work.
- Designate an Out-of-Area contact person, and include him or her on your contact card. Often during an emergency, local lines will be tied up but long distance calls may work. In an emergency, have all members of your family call your Out-of-Area contact as a backup to notify they are safe and any other pertinent information. Be sure to ask your Out-of-Area contact person if they are willing to act as this point person.
- Try texting. Text messages can often get through a network even when phone calls can't.
- Have a meeting place. If all else fails, everyone knows to do their best to get to the meeting place.
- Safe & Well. Red Cross's Safe & Well Program is an easy way for you to let your loved ones know you are safe after a disaster.
- Subscribe to Nixle alerts. Nixle is an easy way for emergency responders to alert the public.
- Know your neighbors. Do you? They could be the difference between life and death after a disaster. Check out this story from NPR to learn why these relationships are so important!
- Are you and your family educated about rip currents? Rip currents are strong, underwater currents that head away from the beach. Check out this weather.com resource for more information on how to identify, avoid, and escape from rip currents.
- Keep our beaches clean and healthy--pack your trash! Millions of tons of debris from the Japanese tsunami are floating towards the west coast of the US, so now more than ever we need to clean up after ourselves at the beach.
- Speaking of tsunamis, if an earthquake occurs while you are at the beach, immediately leave the beach and head for higher ground. You can view a Santa Barbara tsunami inundation map with the tsunami sign plan here (candidly, we think the map is a little optimistic, and we suggest you head for even higher ground if possible).
Sun and Heat Safety
- Whether you're at the beach, riding your bike, or hiking a trail, be sure to stay hydrated! There are lots of water bottle options, but have you ever seen bottles like these before? Don't forget to hydrate while you're at work, too. Many people have found that they will drink more water throughout the day if they keep a reusable cold cup (like this Starbucks option) filled at their desk.
- Learn the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Do you know which is more dangerous? Nearly 700 people die each year from a heat-related illness. Protect yourself & your family by learning the symptoms and how to treat both heat exhaustion and heat stroke here.
- We're not the only ones saying it--always wear sunscreen! One in five Americans are predicted to get skin cancer during their life. It's easy to prevent- find out more about sunscreen usage here.
Did you know fire season has already started? Protect your home and property by following advice from Montecito Fire and Santa Barbara County Fire. Preparing for wildfire is everyone's business, and we want all Westmont employees to be prepared!
"Preparedness, when properly pursued, is a way of life, not a sudden, spectacular program."
-Spencer W. Kimball