Disaster preparation program continuing in Solana Beach
Free presentation aims to spread awareness
Are you ready, Solana Beach?
If not, there’s a group of citizen volunteers who will do their best to make sure locals are as prepared as possible in the event of a natural disaster. The program known as “Are you ready, Solana Beach?” focuses most on home fires, wildfires and earthquakes, the disasters that are most likely to occur in the city, according to organizer Linette Page.
Volunteers consist of Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, members. Page started the Solana Beach chapter in 2007, two years after it was founded in Del Mar.
Page said the goal is to educate 10 percent of Solana Beach, or 1,350 people. The program operates by presenting a one-hour, “soup to nuts” PowerPoint presentation to local organizations.
Page said the program also includes training on what to do in the event of a nuclear disaster, with the San Onofre Power Plant located just up the freeway. She said many requests for the program, which is free of charge, came after the 2007 wildfires. Start disaster kits are available for $20 as well.
Since its founding in Del Mar by Carol Kerridge, there are now “Are You Ready” organizations in San Diego, Linda Vista, Solana Beach and Encinitas, to name a few. The program’s one-hour presentation has been translated into several languages, and is adapted for the potential natural disasters most threatening to a certain area.
Students at Torrey Pines High School are currently translating the curriculum into Spanish for residents of Eden Gardens.
For more information on the Solana Beach organization, call the city’s CERT hotline at (858) 720-4412 or e-mail email@example.com
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