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Friday, November 25, 2005 The CATALINA ISLANDER Page 3 Safety continued from page 1 7. Dust mask or cotton shirt, to help filter the air. 8. Moist towelettes for san- itation 9. Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities 10. Can opener, non-electric for canned food. 1l. Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation 12. Unique family needs, such as daily prescriptions, medi- cations or infant formula. 13. Important family docu- ments such as insurance policies, identification and bank account records should be kept in a water- proof, portable container. The most important item to store for emergencies is drink- ing water. Most other things we can do without but water is funda- mental to life. Keep up to one gallon per person per day for everyone in your household. At least a three days supply if possi- ble. This water should be used for drinking only as it may be the only source of fresh water avail- able until our supplies can be replenished. On Catalina Island there are many of us with special needs. For the elderly, the physically challenged, those with chronic ill- nesses or mothers with nursing infants the experts recommend you take the following extra pre- you can take cover. 2. Maintain a list of medi- cations, allergies, special equip- ment, names and numbers of doc- tors, pharmacists and family members with you at all times 3. Keep extra medications with your emergency supplies. 4. Keep extra emergency supplies at your bedside and by your wheelchair. Disaster Prep - Disaster Sup- plies Kit 5. Have walking aids near you at all times. Place extra walking aids in different rooms of the house. 6. Put a security light in cautions before an earthquake: each room. These lights plug into . 1. Set up your home, apart, am.y outlet "and light up automati- ment or workplace so that you cally if there is a loss of electrici- can quickly get under a sturdy ty. They continue operating auto- desk, table or other safe place for matically for four to six hours, protection. Identify doorways and they can be turned off by that do not have doors in which hand when they are not needed. 7. Have a whistle near you to signal for help. 8. Find two people you trust who will check on you after an earthquake. Tell them your special needs. Show them how to operate any equipment you use. Show them where your emergen- cy supplies are kept and give them a spare key. Preplanning our response to disasters and reviewing our plans at least twice a year will keep us prepared to survive with as little discomfort as possible and with as minimal an impact on emergency service personnel. The only thing that separates us from our ancestors of 100 years ago is our technology and all the modern conveniences it has allowed us to invent. Take away our electrical power, gas and fuel, cell phones or our food and water and we're suddenly thrust back to a time when attend- ing to our basic needs was a full time job. As an added feature on Emergency Preparedness any questions you may have regarding what you can do to prepare will be answered directly by Deputy Burr Lyon or me. He can be reached at (310) 510 2015 and I can be reached at (310) 510 0424. The following web sites will also provide you with more infor- mation on what you can do to pre- pare yourself and your family for any emergency which may occur. ww~.Redcross.org www.ready.gov peaceful ' ~mllmhN-- ARROYO INSCIRANCF- .5 E RVICP 5, INC. "Over 10 Years Island Experience" Volunteer bird watchers scan the skies during the Conservancy's Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Photo courtesy of the Catalina Island Conservancy (800) 628-7641 cA LIC #0735912 GOLF CART BOAT HEALTH,