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Published on September 16, 2019

More than 20 agencies participating in Emergency Preparedness Fair at Del Monte Center, Monterey

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MONTEREY, Calif. — A free community Emergency Preparedness Fair will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 at Del Monte Shopping Center. The fair, hosted by Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and more than 20 local and state emergency agencies, will help Monterey County residents prepare for any potential local disasters or personal emergencies.

After the earthquakes this year, the many fires in California last year, the floods in Florida, and the devastating Soberanes fire in Monterey County in 2016, it is more important than ever for area residents to learn from other disasters and be prepared.

The first 500 attendees will receive free emergency preparedness “starter kits,” from Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. The kits will include a duffle bag, solar flashlight, and first aid kit.

How do you put together an emergency preparedness kit? How much water should you have on hand? If you have to leave your home quickly, what would you take? If you have to go to a shelter, what will you do with your pets? What should you include in a family emergency plan? Get guidance and tools to help you answer those questions.

Booths will have information on emergency kit essentials — safe food and water, communication sources, home safety, fire extinguisher use, shutting off natural gas, smoke detectors, fire-safe landscaping, navigating roads safely, pet safety, how the Community Emergency Response Team works, and much more.

Vehicles including firetrucks, the mobile health clinic, and a demonstration trailer will be on hand to show families how to address many hazards, including a home/kitchen fire.

Participating organizations include: Amateur Radio Emergency Service of Monterey, American Red Cross of the Central Coast, CAL FIRE, California Highway Patrol, Community Emergency Response Volunteers (CERV) of the Monterey Peninsula, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Community Hospital's Tyler Heart Institute, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center, Del Monte Center, Montage Health Mobile Clinic, Monterey Amateur Radio Club, Monterey County Office of Emergency Services, Monterey County Public Health, Monterey Fire Department, Monterey Police Department, Pacific Gas & Electric, Presidio of Monterey Fire Department and Emergency Management, The SPCA for Monterey County

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ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

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. Its parent company is Montage Health, the umbrella for entities that work together to deliver exceptional care and inspire the pursuit of optimal health. Community Hospital is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 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 (Westland House), Hospice of the Central Coast, Montage Wellness Centers, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula chomp.org

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