Are you ready? September is National Preparedness Month!
Are you ready for an earthquake? Do you have an emergency plan in place? The Orange County Board of Supervisors has designated September as "National Preparedness Month" so now is a great time to review emergency plans and supplies at home, in the car and in the office.
Preparation is the key to surviving any disaster, whether it be natural, health or man-made. You can start by visiting www.ReadyOC.org, which offers valuable resources about Emergency Preparedness. Another resource is AlertOC, a regional mass notification system designed to keep residents and businesses informed of emergencies and certain community events. By registering with www.AlertOC.com, time-sensitive voice messages from the county or city in which you live or work may be sent to your home, cell or business phone. Text messages may also be sent to cell phones, e-mail accounts and hearing impaired receiving devices.
At John Wayne Airport, management and staff take emergency preparedness seriously. Over the past few years, JWA strengthened its own level of emergency preparedness through establishment of an Emergency Response Team (ERT). The ERT, comprised of Airport employees within our five divisions, receive on-going education in fire safety, earthquake preparedness, CPR/First Aid, and hands-on training in the control and distribution of disaster related equipment and supplies. The ERT is intended to provide basic assistance during the critical first hours following a major disaster and assist first responders when and as necessary.
Take the first step today by making or refreshing an emergency supply kit and make or update an emergency plan for you and your loved ones. Be informed - be prepared!
Great Southern California ShakeOut Drill
On October 18 at 10:18 a.m., John Wayne Airport staff and millions of Californians will participate in the largest earthquake drill ever by practicing the "Drop, Cover and Hold On" response to a major earthquake. Why? Major earthquakes can and will happen anywhere you work, live, or travel in California. But when only seconds count, you want to take quake-safe actions. So register at www.ShakeOut.org/california/register to practice what to do and be ready. Receive ShakeOut news and other earthquake information. Be counted in the largest earthquake drill ever and set an example that motivates others to participate.