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Published on October 07, 2013

Free fair helps you prepare for emergency


Contact: Brenda Moore (831) 625-4544

Communication and Marketing: (831) 625-4505

MONTEREY, Calif. — There seems to be a new disaster every day — fires, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis. And every time, many of us pledge to put together a disaster plan and kit, to be ready if our community is next. But not many of us follow-through: A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll found 41 percent of people don't have a stockpile of food and water, and 27 percent don't have an extra supply of medicines, both of which the Federal Emergency Management Agency says are basic disaster preparations.


Where do you start? More than a dozen organizations involved in emergency preparedness and response will offer guidance and tools to help you get started at the Emergency Preparedness Fair, Saturday, October 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Del Monte Center in Monterey.


Visit booths with information on emergency kit essentials; safe food and water; communication sources; home safety; fire extinguisher how-to’s; smoke detectors and telephones for deaf and hard of hearing; fire-safe landscaping; navigating roads safely; how the Community Emergency Response Team works; and more. There will also be emergency vehicles on display.


Participants can win prizes for visiting all booths and the first 200 attendees will receive disaster preparedness “starter kits,” from Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. Other participating organizations include: American Red Cross, Cal-Fire, California Highway Patrol, California Office of Emergency Services, Carmel Highlands Fire Protection District, Community Emergency Response Volunteers, Cypress Fire Protection District, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center, Monterey County Health Department, Monterey Fire Department, Monterey Police Department, Pebble Beach Community Services District Fire Department, and Seaside Fire Department. KRML radio will do a live broadcast.


Information is available at participants’ web sites and by calling 625-4636.





Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 207 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, Peninsula Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at




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