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ClMC's Janet Seebert, RN i Hospital sponsoring Oct. 24-26 emergency training BY JUDY HIBBS About 900 people from across the state attended the California Hospital Association's 2014 Disaster Planning Conference in Sacramento on Sept. 22-24. It was the first opportunity for Janet Seebert, RN Catalina Island Medical Center's Disaster Coordinator to network with other hospitals and agencies and learn "best practices" from a wide range of sources. Fifteen attendees including Janet Seebert ited drinking water reserve, the volunteered to present "posters" community emergency horn, com- with themes about their particu- munications strategies (including lar challenges and solutions for the newly approved HAM radio disaster preparedness. Several tower) and other obstacles and the presenters chose scenarios such as solutions to disaster scene fallout. an "active shooter drill" and illus- "I learned so much. I attended trated how they would deal with every single possible thing,', Janet the emergency of that situation. Seebert commented. The OVerall (CIMC recently conducted a suc- consensus of the conference was cessful multi-agency drill centered to pursue preparedness, supply and on that scenario.) The theme of stockpile supplies and rely heavily the CIMC poster was "Barriers?' on community resources (such as Living on or visiting Catalina the CERT Team) for Community involves time, distance, weather Emergency Response, search and and other factors to consider in rescue, first aid and traffic and the case of a natural or man-made evacuation management. disaster. She shared the limita- "You can't prepare enough," tion of Catalina's isolation, a lim- Janet Seebert said, but CIMC, Janet Seebert, the Catalina Island Medical Center's disaster coordinator, holds up an image of the Ebola viru& No cases have been reported in California. Photo courtesy Catalina Island Medical Center through recentdrills and the spon- shared that several organizations sorship of CERT Team Training reported success in emergency sit- on October 24,26, is doing its uations such as a toxicity in local part to make the island "ready to water sources. By preparing for an expect the unexpected." She also Preparation, Page 8 &B SPECIALIZING IN 310.510.0250 310,510.8957fx 714-546-2020 For a Saturday clinic appointment at CIblC ORANGE COAST center have but one plan on the table, and You can My "Bacon on Beacon" pro it is on Beacon. click through from there to sign Vons Letter to the Editor garnered Our decision as a communitypetitions and send emails to our a good bit of favorable feedback is not whether to build a new local representatives. from neighbors and friends as Von's here or there, our decision is We know the "vocal minor- well as a rebuttal letter suggesting simple ... do we want a new Von's ity" will be making a lot of noise that I might prefer my "Waffles in our lifetime? on this issue. Let's make sure on Whittley," or my "Eggs onThe rebuttal suggested the our Planning Board and Council Eucalyptus" "Vocal Minority" against Vons is Members have the input they need The writer suggested a number articulating the "Silent Majority" to execute their obligation to repre- of locations other than on Beacon. on this issue, sent all of the people they serve. I checked them all. I disagree. However, this issue John King For the record, there is no other is too important to go without Full Time Avalon Resident pieceof property zoned and for a truthful gauge of community sale that would accommodate aSentiment,-. Thoughts on Leroy new Von's; not on Whittley, not I have just put up a web- In the 1980s, I was teaching on Clarissa and not up the canyon, site where you can support the at Silver Spur Elementary School Multi-party real estate deals are effort to get the new Vons built, in Palos Verdes. I had read Liz not done over night. Von's and the Take a moment to check out the Grieson's book about Leroy and Santa Catalina Island Companybefore and after shots on www. knew Leroy from seeing him in i Avalon. At our school there was a cat who lived across the street from the school but chose to spend a lot of time at our school, particularly in one classroom of fifth graders. The cat's name was Jon Tom. He looked like Leroy. I talked with the teacher, showed the class Liz's book about Leroy, asked if the students would like to write to Leroy. Many students wrote let- ters to Leroy, signing John Tom's name. Liz had Leroy write back to them, and, of course, they were thrilled. I am not sure how many letters there were, but everyone had a good time with this activity, and the students got lots of writing and reading practice, ................... Letters, Page 8 ALMUERZO DE VERANO GRATIS PARA LOS NII IOS de la escuela Avalon Escuela Avalon Habrfi ayuda del personal escolar que habla Espafiol para Ilenar las aplicaciones del almuerzo, en la cafeterfa. La escuela Avalon ayudar& a cumplir la solicitud de su estudi- ante el mirrcoles, 27 de agosto del 2014, de 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Es importante que tod0s los hogares Ilenen una solicitud. El porcentaje de aplicaciones aprobado para las escuela Ava- lon, se utilizarfi para calificar nuestra escuela para fondos y ayudar en la educacirn de nuestros estudiantes". Meal Application Assistance Meal application packets will be mailed the first week of August. English and Spanish speaking staff will be at the Avalon School cafeteria Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm to assist parents in completing their student's application for free and reduced priced school meals. It is important that every household, with a student attending, complete an application. The percent of free and reduced-price meal applications approved for Avalon schools will be used to qualify the school for funds to help in the education of our students. 310-510-0500 or 714-504-9437 Subscribe today. P.O. Box 428 Avalon, CA 90704 Phone: (310) 510-0500 Fax (310) 510-2882 6 i Friday, October 57, 2014 THE CATALINA ISLANDER