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By Ron Carter Blog Post Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Getting Prepared The American Red Cross Way

English: Washington, DC, July 7, 2006 -- A Red...
English: Washington, DC, July 7, 2006 — A Red Cross “ready to go” preparedness kit showing the bag and it’s contents. Red Cross photograph (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ben Green, CEO of the American Red Cross San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter, is a man on a mission and if he has his way everyone living in California, especially Los Angeles County, will have an Emergency Preparedness Plan in their homes, offices and cars. I recently had the enlightening opportunity to speak with Ben, who is also my fellow Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Board Member, about Emergency Preparedness. This week’s conversation is the first in what will be a series of blogs on my discussion with Ben.

We began our conversation talking about our families, music (Ben loves the Motown era music) careers and health. The conversation then shifted to emergency preparedness. Ben intimated every home should have an Emergency Preparedness Plan which  meeting points for your families (in case your homes are destroyed), out-of-town contact lists, hotels information, evacuation plan, an emergency kit and water, lots of water. Ben informed me of an APP that you can download for “free” on the Red Cross website which details important information on emergency preparedness. He also debunked the thought I had that it was best to stand under a doorway during an earthquake. He advised standing in doorways are dangerous, because doors could to swing shut and injure you. He also advised some pieces of furniture can be a potential danger, for example a ceiling fan above your bed could fall and seriously injure you during an earthquake. Having your bed next to windows are also not safe, because breaking glass will shatter and potentially harm you. Most important is water. At least three (3) gallons a day for each person for 10 days should be stored in your home. When a severe disaster strikes, you will have to be on your own since the Fire and Police Departments will go to aid of the most vulnerable citizens, such as nursing homes and hospitals, first.

He recommended preparing your neighbors for disasters.  Because if they are not prepared when disaster strikes, they will be banging on your door for help. This could be chaotic while an emergency is taking place. So, Ben stressed the importance of hosting “preparedness parties” at your homes. You could invite the Red Cross and they’ll come out and speak to you and your neighbors regarding emergency preparedness. You should visit the Red Cross stores to discern what you will need in case of a disaster. And, most important, speak with your children and discuss what should be in your emergency preparedness kit. You should have a kit in your home, office and car. Ben is so prepared, he mentioned having a preparedness kit in his car which predicates if a disaster occurs he doesn’t have to get home to access his emergency plan. His wife also has a preparedness kit in her car.

Conversing with Ben enlightened me that if you don’t have water during a disaster, it’s your own fault. Water is cheap to buy. It’s about .90 cents a gallon. Remember the ideal situation is to host a Preparedness Party and have someone from the Red Cross come out and speak about emergency preparedness to your neighbors. It is critical to know which of your neighbors are trained in CPR and first aid. If there is a major earthquake and someone has a heart attack, the paramedics might not be able to attend your needs immediately, because they will be on duty helping others.

After speaking with Ben, my advice is “get your neighborhood ready.” Please don’t wait on hurricanes, fires, floods or earthquakes to occur before you get your Emergency Preparedness Plans in place.

 

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By Ron Carter Blog Post Updates

Curbing Bad Behavior/Getting Back On Track

English: President Barack Obama speaks to a jo...
President Barack Obama speaks to a joint session of Congress regarding health care reform (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hopefully, when the dust has settled from the present 2012 contentious presidential election, politicians in both the Democratic and Republican Parties will seriously placed their partisan politics aside and get back on track working on behalf of the American People. For the past four years a campaign was waged against our current president, Barack Obama. His opposition announced on the day he was sworn into office, they would not work/compromise with him in any meaningful way. Suffice to say, the first two years of President Obama’s term were riffed with many fierce legislative battles. His second two years, he lost the majority he held in the Congress and this led to a stalemate in the United States of America‘s Congress. Because one party, Democratic, had a majority in the Senate and the other party, Republican, had the majority in the House of Representatives, and partisan politics became the “order of the day,” the citizens of the United States of America experienced the worst governance – in my generation – by our Congress.

My hope is after the 2012 election results are announced, fair-minded politicians in both parties will unite and provide the leadership and support the American People desperately desires. Our country is the best place to live in this world, especially if one dreams of experiencing the Horatio Alger narrative which has occurred in the lives of millions of our citizens. It is time ladies and gentlemen to place your constituents’ interest before the sometimes viciousness of partisan politics.

In my world, I believe America’s best days are forthcoming. It sure feels that way to me spiritually, financially, socially and healthily. I trust you feel the same way too. America needs us all working together so we can be prosperous again. Just look at the “amazing” work Democrats and Republicans affiliated with the American Red Cross are conducting together for the good of our country; they are aiding citizens in need.

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