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City’s Emergency Preparedness Expo highlights importance of disaster readiness  

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Dana Point Times

As bats cracked in Williamsport, Pa. and a California team neared the Little League World Series championship title, a different display of readiness and dedication took over the baseball field of Dana Hills High School early Saturday.

Dozens of exhibitors lined the outfield wall for the city’s annual Emergency Preparedness Expo, highlighting ways residents can keep their families safe if and when a disaster strikes. From law enforcement branches to regional utility companies, each presenter came armed with tools for residents to deploy if needed, and provided tips and onsite training for emergency situations.

As part of the continued community emergency preparedness training, the city of Dana Point is offering a three-day, hands-on program where residents will learn valuable lessons to better prep themselves for disasters.

The city’s Community Emergency Response Team training provides participants with the basic knowledge to handle emergency situations. Participants will learn to manage utilities and extinguish small fires, to treat basic medical emergencies, to understand disaster psychology and to search for and rescue victims safely.

The program is nationally recognized and was designed using guidelines and training materials from county and state agencies as wells as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Classes will take place over three days, from Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22. Participants must complete all three days to become CERT certified.

The three classes will be held on:

Friday, September 20 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, September 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, September 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information and to find the registration form visit www.danapoint.org, or contact Mike Rose, director of disaster preparedness and facilities, at 949.248.3535 or at cert@danapoint.org.

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  • No one can predict when or when an emergency could happen, and to some extent, emergencies could be in a situation between life and death. Keeping children’s safety would be the priority of parents.It’s great to have this kind of activity, at least this could provide information on how to deal to an emergency. We should take action to enhance our safety and security specifically children. Actually, I’ve found a safety application on a phone which has similar function like this system that our government is developing, but the great thing about this; you can use it whenever or wherever you or your child is, it comes also a great features like a safety profile, that you can upload your recent image and your safety information and the best thing are, in just a click of a panic button it could create a conference call to a 24/7 call center, a safety network and could escalate a call to a nearest 911 if it’s a real emergency, it is best for parents who are unable to manage their time, check this site out for more information http://safekidzone.com/#!/page_home.

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