Building Your Kit On A Budget

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Have A Kit. Make A Plan. Be Prepared. Get Involved. These are all important steps on the journey to preparedness. But I know that is much easier said than done. Let’s start with the “Have A Kit” part. What’s really stopping you from putting together a comprehensive emergency kit for your house, your car, and school or work? The biggest two factors I hear about are time and money. You have no time? Do you go to the grocery store? To Target, WalMart or Costco? Then you have TIME to pick up a few extra items each time you’re out shopping. Additionally, Amazon has a great selection of reasonably priced flashlights, hand crank weather radios, solar phone chargers, first aid kits, and other necessities for your kit.

You have a limited budget? I bet you have an old backpack or duffle bag lying around that you can repurpose for your kit. Throw other items you already have around the house in their too. Old sneakers, extra jacket, blankets, flashlight, etc. Also, the majority of the items for your kit can be purchased at the 99 Cents Only Store! The above pictures are from my trip last week to the 99 Cents Only Store. They have a ton of canned food (organic too!), snacks, water, band aids, mini first aid kits, batteries, trash bags, games, and other items you need in your kit. To make it even easier the 99 Cents Only Store and American Red Cross partnered to put together a simple checklist for building your kit at their store. And finally, the UC system has an agreement with Nexis Preparedness Systems to provide students, staff, and faculty with a 20% discount on all of premade disaster kits. That helps solve both problems – time and money!!

Do 1 Thing for April: Food

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Last May we introduced the Do 1 Thing campaign to help simplify the planning process by focusing on just one action each month to help get you prepared. This is the last and final post of the Do 1 Thing series. I can’t believe we have completed an entire year of preparedness! The last monthly topic is probably the one we all want to make sure we have enough of in an emergency: Food!

Below is a list of things you can do to achieve your goal this month. Choose at least one, and complete it.

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An emergency food supply doesn’t have to sit on a shelf, ready for disaster to strike (although it can). It can be part of the food you use every day. The key to a good food storage plan is to buy ahead of time. Replace items before they run out. Buy items when they are on sale. A large duffle bag or plastic tub with a lid makes a great storage place for an emergency food supply. Make sure your family, including pets, will have what they need when disaster strikes.

The entire Do 1 Thing campaign can be found here: http://do1thing.com/

Additionally, the UC Irvine Police Department, Emergency Services Division, has a number of online resources to assist you with being prepared both at home and here on campus. For more information visit: http://police.uci.edu/ and http://snap.uci.edu/viewXmlFile.jsp?cmsUri=public/MainMenuEmergencyManagement.xml

Shake It Up (or not?) April Is Earthquake Preparedness Month

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I’m sure a number of you felt the La Habra earthquake this past weekend. It measured a magnitude of 5.1 and there were over 100 aftershocks! As if the shaking wasn’t reminder enough, April is Earthquake Preparedness Month. Did you know that many Californians don’t consider themselves at risk unless they live on or near the line of a well-known fault, such as the San Andreas or Hayward Fault? This misconception leaves millions of Californians unprepared for an earthquake.

Quick Facts:

  • Major earthquakes registering magnitudes between 6.3 and 8.3 have occurred in California every 5.4 years, on average, for the past 200 years
  • The United States Geological Survey estimates that there is a 90 percent chance that a major earthquake will strike an urban area in California within the next 30 years
  • The majority of Californians live within 20 miles of a major earthquake fault
  • Being prepared could save your life!

While California is a world leader in emergency response and recovery capabilities, our responders can’t do it alone. It is the responsibility of every individual to take action, get informed, and get actively involved in emergency preparedness.

Please take some time this month to complete the following tasks:

  • Review the Earthquake tab on the Emergency Procedures Blue Flip Chart
  • Check out the Top 10 Tips for Earthquake Safety
  • Check your emergency supply kits at work, at home, and in your car (or create them if you haven’t already!), swap out any expired food and water, restock any supplies you may have used
  • Brace bookshelves and filing cabinets to the wall (at work and at home)
  • Secure items on top of bookshelves, dressers, etc with earthquake putty
  • Review your emergency assembly area and the zone crew assignments for your building
  • Save the Date: The Great California ShakeOut (and campus exercise) October 16 at 10:16 AM

Remember: Have A Kit, Make A Plan, Be Informed, and Get Involved!

Do 1 Thing for March: Sheltering

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Last May we introduced the Do 1 Thing campaign to help simplify the planning process by focusing on just one action each month to help get you prepared. I can’t believe we have almost completed an entire year of preparedness! Lets continue to enhance our readiness with the March topic: Sheltering. Resolve to be ready throughout the year for any disaster that might come your way!

Below is a list of things you can do to achieve your goal this month. Choose at least one, and complete it.

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In a disaster you may be asked to either evacuate or shelter-in-place. In the excitement of an emergency, it can be difficult to focus on what you are doing. Know what to do to keep you and your roommates or family safe. Practice your earthquake and fire safety plans. If you practice, then you will be more comfortable doing it when the emergency actually happens.

The entire Do 1 Thing campaign can be found here: http://do1thing.com/

Additionally, the UC Irvine Police Department, Emergency Services Division, has a number of online resources to assist you with being prepared both at home and here on campus. For more information visit: http://police.uci.edu/ and http://snap.uci.edu/viewXmlFile.jsp?cmsUri=public/MainMenuEmergencyManagement.xml

Do 1 Thing for February: Water

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In May we introduced the Do 1 Thing campaign to help simplify the planning process by focusing on just one action each month to help get you prepared. Lets continue to enhance our readiness with the February topic: WATER. Resolve to be ready throughout the year for any disaster that might come your way!

Below is a list of things you can do to achieve your goal this month. Choose at least one, and complete it.

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Whether you get water from a municipal water system or your home has a private well, your water supply depends on having power to operate the system. During a power outage—or any disaster that can cause a power outage, such as high winds, ice storm, or flood—you may find yourself without drinkable water.

 

The entire Do 1 Thing campaign can be found here: http://do1thing.com/

Additionally, the UC Irvine Police Department, Emergency Services Division, has a number of online resources to assist you with being prepared both at home and here on campus. For more information visit: http://police.uci.edu/ and http://snap.uci.edu/viewXmlFile.jsp?cmsUri=public/MainMenuEmergencyManagement.xml

11th Annual Zone Crew/CSAR Meeting

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On Wednesday, January 22 the UCI Emergency Services Division hosted the 11th Annual Zone  Crew/CSAR Meeting. We had over 150 participants, making it the largest group to date! Anne Widney, Emergency Services Manager for UCI spoke about emergency management and Zone Crew, Dr. Lisa Grant-Ludwig spoke about Earthquake Preparedness and Early Warning Systems, Dr. Kristi Koenig discussed Global Emergency Preparedness, and Dr. Carl Schultz covered Altered Standards of Care.

Additionally, Police Chief Paul Henisey and Assistant Chief Jeff Hutchison thanked the group for all of their hard work and dedication to Zone Crew and Campus Search and Rescue Programs on campus.

Each year we strive to make this meeting relevant and interesting for all attendees. Emergency Management is a team effort on campus and we couldn’t do it without our Zone Crew and CSAR Team Members!! For additional information on Zone Crew and/or Campus Search and Rescue (CSAR) please contact Anne Widney at awidney@uci.edu or 949-824-7147.

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Do 1 Thing for January: Make A Plan

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In May we introduced the Do 1 Thing campaign to help simplify the planning process by focusing on just one action each month to help get you prepared. Lets start 2014 off right with the January topic: Make A Plan. Resolve to be ready throughout the year for any disaster that might come your way!

Below is a list of things you can do to achieve your goal this month. Choose at least one, and complete it.

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Disasters change things. When an emergency happens you may have to decide what to do very quickly, while you are worrying about what might happen. By planning ahead, it will be easier to make the right decisions when the worst happens.

 

The entire Do 1 Thing campaign can be found here: http://do1thing.com/

Additionally, the UC Irvine Police Department, Emergency Services Division, has a number of online resources to assist you with being prepared both at home and here on campus. For more information visit: http://police.uci.edu/ and http://snap.uci.edu/viewXmlFile.jsp?cmsUri=public/MainMenuEmergencyManagement.xml

Give the Gift of Preparedness

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Still looking for holiday gift ideas? What better way to say happy holidays than to give the gift of preparedness to your family and friends? The onset of winter is a critical time for safety preparation. Several items that are critical in emergencies also make good gifts to store in a disaster supply kit. Download FEMA’s “Preparedness on a Shoestring” activity module for cost-effective ways to create disaster kits on a budget.  Many of the items may be found around your home including:

  • Adhesive bandages of various sizes;
  • Two pairs of sterile gloves; and
  • Antibiotic ointment.

The gift of preparedness can mean more than the basic supply kit! If it becomes necessary to boil water during an emergency, consider giving a tea kettle as a gift.  Tea kettles are better at boiling water than pots and pans because they are enclosed and the metal interiors allow for more even heating.  A solar charging unit for charging and powering electronic devices would also make a good stocking stuffer.  They range in size from pocket-size to fold-out panel and are powered by the sun, making them useful on clear days when electricity is unavailable.

For more preparedness gift-giving ideas this holiday, visit FEMA.gov.

Additionally, the UC Irvine Police Department, Emergency Services Division, has a number of online resources to assist you with being prepared both at home and here on campus. For more information visit: http://police.uci.edu/ and http://snap.uci.edu/viewXmlFile.jsp?cmsUri=public/MainMenuEmergencyManagement.xml

Campus Search and Rescue (CSAR) Welcomes New Graduates

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The UCI Campus Search and Rescue (CSAR) Program wrapped up training series number 16 last week; welcoming 31 new graduates to the team.  This group represents the largest CSAR graduating class in UC Irvine history!  Since it’s inception nearly 280 individuals representing campus staff, faculty, and even some students have completed this course.

Individuals receive training on disaster preparedness, hazardous material and fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, terrorism awareness, workplace violence. The CSAR course is typically held every Fall, meeting twice a week from 12pm – 1 pm for 9 weeks. The campus is also looking to host an additional training series in Spring 2014.  If you are interested in taking this course please email Anne Widney, Emergency Services Manager, at awidney@uci.edu to be placed on the interest list.

Do 1 Thing for December: First Aid

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In May we introduced the Do 1 Thing campaign to help simplify the planning process by focusing on just one action each month to help get you prepared. The December topic is First Aid!

Below is a list of things you can do to achieve your goal this month. Choose at least one, and complete it.

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An emergency can happen at any time and any place. Many public places have a first aid kit, oxygen, or an AED (automated external defibrillator) to treat people. These items can only save lives if someone knows how to use them. Actions you take in the first few minutes after an injury or other medical incident may save someone’s life.

Aside from through the American Red Cross, the Anteater Recreation Center offers CPR/First Aid/AED Training on campus. For more information call (949)824-3738.

The entire Do 1 Thing campaign can be found here: http://do1thing.com/

Additionally, the UC Irvine Police Department, Emergency Services Division, has a number of online resources to assist you with being prepared both at home and here on campus. For more information visit: http://police.uci.edu/ and http://snap.uci.edu/viewXmlFile.jsp?cmsUri=public/MainMenuEmergencyManagement.xml