As I was sitting down with an evening cup of of hot chocolate 0n Friday night, my house began to tremble around me as the light fixture above my table swayed back and forth and my windows rattled. I, and my fellow High Desert residents, were experiencing, from a distance, the 5.1 magnitude earthquake that struck La Habra. For those who have grown up in California, earthquakes are nothing more than some inconvenient shaking. For others, not accustomed to earthquakes, the shaking of the ground, produces some rattled nerves. A displaced Midwesterner actually commented that she would rather have tornados because “at least you can see them coming.” I’m not sure that there are “better” natural disasters, but I am sure of one thing. If we are prepared to take care of ourselves in the aftermath of natural disasters, we can rest easier.
The American Red Cross encourages that “people should prepare now for the next disaster.” When disaster strikes, it’s too late to prepare. Being prepared is our best defense against disaster because if we are prepared, we can meet our immediate needs and the needs of our family in the event a disaster should strike. Are you and your family prepared for a potential disaster?
On Saturday, April 12, 2014, the Annual Shake, Rattle, and Roll Out Apple Valley Emergency Preparedness Fair will be held from 9;00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 15500 Tuscola Road in Apple Valley. This annual event is free to attend, and it a truly a community based and community building event with presenters that include:
- American Medical Response
- Apple Valley Fire Protection District
- Community Emergency Response Team
- California Highway Patrol
- Emergency Communication Services,
- San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
- Sheriff’s Posse Search and Rescue
At this year’s event, you can expreience the “BIG SHAKER” which allows people to feel what it’s like to ride out an 8.0 magnitude earthquake and see what couldh happen to an un secured household. In addition, you can learn about:
- First Aid and CPR
- Fire Prevention
- Outdoor Survival
- Water Purification
- Emergency Utilities
- Disaster Restoration
- Emergency Budgeting
- Emergency Animal Care
- Alternative Fuel Sources
- Gardening and Food Storage
- Dutch Oven and Solar Cooking
- Using Social Media in an Emergency
This preparedness fair, which is hosted in conjunction with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is free to attend, but everyone who attends is encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the Victor Valley Rescue Mission.
My family has attended on two previous occasions, so I can tell you that the event is not only educational; it’s lots of fun, too. Bring the whole family. There will be fire trucks, police cars, puppet shows, and free hot dogs. Come learn how to be better prepared should “The Big One” strike. I look forward to seeing you there.
If you aren’t able to attend the Emergency Preparedness Fair, check out the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “Are You Ready Guide?” All of us should put together at least a basic disaster kit to have in our homes and our vehicles.
**Patti is a frequent contributor at SimplyHealthyEats.com, a website dedicated to helping people make healthy food choices. It features recipes, many of which are gluten and dairy free. She can also be found at PattyCakesPantry.com where she tries to limit her blogging to stocking a pantry, budgeting, and recipes. She isn’t always successful.