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City of RP Updates

Darrin Jenkins
Preparing for the next emergency
September 7, 2018

Were you prepared for the fires last October? Are you prepared if a major earthquake occurs tonight? For many of us, preparing for the next disaster is something we intend to do . . . tomorrow, or next week, or next month. But as we know all too well, tomorrow may be too late. 

While everyday living in Rohnert Park is relatively predictable, we can’t predict when the next major earthquake, wildfire, or spill of toxic chemicals will strike.

Time has taught us a few lessons over the years. Be Prepared!  This means two things:

Preparing as though you were going camping for a week. 

Being ready to leave at any time on a moment’s notice. 

Preparing you and your family to be on your own requires setting aside the basics in a place in your house or yard that is easy to get to, including food, water, medication, clothing, and more. There’s a lot more to it, however – planning evacuation routes and a meeting place, knowing how you’ll stay in touch with family members if something happens while you’re apart and phones aren’t working well, or being ready for special needs such as those of seniors, infants, or pets. A great place to get details on preparedness is www.ready.gov. 

Additionally, you may not be at home when a disaster strikes. We recommend keeping a “mini disaster kit” in the trunk of your car. 

Also, when disaster strikes it can be chaotic to figure out what to take and what to leave. Having a ‘grab and go’ bag with essential items can be very useful. And rather than grabbing family pictures off the wall, searching for documents such as insurance policies and other financial records, it makes better sense to scan them onto a portable drive you can take with you quickly or store somewhere else. Even better, make three copies and send one to a relative for safe keeping, or keep in a safe deposit box or a fire proof safe. 

Ready and Resilient Program launches

To help residents be prepared, the City’s Fire Prevention Division is excited to present a 2-hour disaster preparedness course. These two hours could make an enormous difference when things go bad. By attending the course, you will receive a comprehensive manual to help you prepare, along with useful templates for your family’s information and an emergency plan. 

The course will be offered Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, adjacent to the Library. It is open to all, though we ask that you register ahead of time by calling 584-2641. We can also arrange to present the course to groups upon request; simply call us to plan. 

Dog Dayz of Summer

We’re offering a new service in September, this time for our canine residents. You’re invited to bring your favorite furry friend to the Honeybee Pool September 15 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. for a swim! This will be a great way to spend a warm afternoon with your best bud. Your dog (or dogs) will be grateful for the chance to cool off and play with others. Pre-register for the event at cityofrohnertpark.perfectmind.com. The cost is $7 per dog and includes a “doggy bag” full of goodies. After the party we will drain the pool for annual cleaning and maintenance.