Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ready or not?

Downey preparedness barrels

Saturday was a busy day for events in Downey. In addition to the Downey firefighters fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (see "Big boots to fill"), the Downey Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC) and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) distributed free plastic water barrels for emergency water storage. These young guys handing out barrels are volunteers from the Warren High School Red Cross club.

The barrels were donated and prepared by the Downey Coca-Cola facility (see Things go better with...). The barrels varied in size from 15 to 55 gallons and there was a limit of one barrel to a car. I got one of the smaller barrels.

Downey preparedness productsIn addition, in the parking lot next door to the distribution location, the EPC, CERT, and American Red Cross hosted an emergency preparedness fair. I learned how (and when) to turn off the gas in case of an emergency. (Turn it off when you actually smell gas; don't turn it off "just in case," because you'll have to wait for the Gas Company to turn it back on for you.) And I learned about my embarrassing lack of disaster supplies while browsing at this and several other displays.

But at least I'll have water!

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