EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS/PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE
NEIGHBOR CARE BULLETIN
TOMORROW: TIME TO SHAKE OUT!
Set an alarm for 10:21am and when it goes off,
Be Ready to DROP! COVER! HOLD ON!
In an emergency, your first help will come from the people living around you.
Join your neighbors as they practice the
Oregon Shake Out Drill!
Volunteer Captains will be checking on Charbonneau homes to see if they have a HELP/OK sign posted. Participants will receive a raffle ticket to win EMERGENCY LIGHTING for your home. Participating in the Shake Out drill is a great way for us all to practice what to do when a major earthquake strikes.
WHAT IF I AM NOT ABLE TO DROP! COVER! HOLD ON! Many of our residents have mobility issues and feel that if they get down, they will not be able to get up again. This is a legitimate concern, so here is some important information for you:
The main point is not to try to move but to immediately protect yourself as best as possible where you are. Earthquakes occur without any warning and may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl; you therefore will most likely be knocked to the ground where you happen to be. Studies of injuries and deaths caused by earthquakes in the U.S. over the last several decades indicate that you are much more likely to be injured by falling or flying objects (TVs, lamps, glass, bookcases, etc.) than to die in a collapsed building. Drop, Cover, and Hold On offers the best overall level of protection in most situations.
If you are in a wheelchair or use a walker: Try to avoid exterior walls, windows, hanging objects, mirrors, tall furniture, large appliances, and kitchen cabinets with heavy objects or glass. However, do not try to move more than 5-7 feet before locking your wheelchair or walker! If you can, station yourself next to an interior, wall bend over as much as possible and protect your head with anything handy like a pillow or book or cover your head with one hand and HOLD ON to your wheelchair or walker. As with anything, practice makes perfect. To be ready to protect yourself immediately when the ground begins to shake, on 10/21, at 10:21am, think about where you are and what you would do!
If you need additional information there are fliers available in the Clubhouse.
We are all in this together! SHAKE OUT CHARBONNEAU!