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Message from Mayor Laurene Weste
| Saturday, Mar 1, 2014

LaureneWesteYou might be surprised to learn our city has successfully weathered 11 federally declared disasters over the last 26 years, including fires, floods and the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Each time disaster has struck, our community pulled together and worked together to recover.

One of the key things we learned as a community is the importance of preparation. It’s easy to put off tasks such as preparing emergency kits for the office, home and car, and organizing water and food supplies for 72 hours for yourself and your family. Advance preparation should also include securing a first-aid kit, tools and supplies such as flashlights, pliers, gloves and even emergency supplies for your pets.

In your home, emergency preparation should include securing heavy furniture to the wall; using safety straps for stereos and computers; using non-drying putty or microcrystalline wax to secure pottery and other small, breakable items on shelves; installing child-proof locks on cupboards with breakable items inside; and supporting ceiling lights and fans with a cable bolted to the ceiling joist.

Our city has a variety of public facilities including libraries, recreation buildings and parks that are used during emergencies. In the summer, our local libraries serve as cooling centers. Our local park facilities have been used by first responders as staging and accommodation areas, as well as fulfilling other needs during major disasters.

If you are a pet owner, you should know there are also emergency trailers available and ready for evacuation of animals during a major emergency. Our local hospital has spent a great deal of time preparing for emergencies and serves as an important community partner in the response and recovery phases of major disasters.

The experts tell us it is not a matter of “if” but “when” the next earthquake will strike. Making sure that you and your family are prepared should be a high priority.

This month, local experts in emergency response will be on hand to walk you through emergency preparation and response at the Emergency Expo on Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hyatt Valencia. The SCV Emergency Expo is presented by KHTS AM-1220 and held in conjunction with the Santa Clarita Home and Garden Show.

As part of the Emergency Expo, the city of Santa Clarita will provide information on “Pet Preparedness: Taking Care of the Family.” Also at the city booth, participate in the “Be Ready, Be Resilient” quiz, and you’ll be automatically entered into a free drawing to win emergency preparedness prizes. For more information about the Emergency Expo and for vendor registration, visit www.scvemergencyexpo.com.

It is important that as a community, we continue to work together to be prepared. Your city wants to help keep you safe, protected and healthy. I would like to encourage you and your family to attend the Emergency Expo and make March your month to get prepared.

Thank you for your participation in our community. Please feel free to email me directly with your thoughts and ideas at lweste@santa-clarita.com.

 

Laurene Weste is mayor of the city of Santa Clarita.

 

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  1. Mike Devlin Mike Devlin says:

    Any concern that the mayor might not be the actual author of this?

  2. Jim Oge Jr Jim Oge Jr says:

    Any concern that who cares. Lol it was not because of her or any other member of our city.

  3. Jim Oge Jr Jim Oge Jr says:

    Any concern that who cares. Lol it was not because of her or any other member of our city.

  4. You might be surprised that our good city has been given advice that every other southern California city or district has been given through proxy of Mayor or council; boring and already well understood by the time you reach the third grade year.
    Much meaningless numbers also added, to the context, slathered on as like BBQ sauce.

    However, it is refreshing that we are graced with the opportunity of a Mayor with the ability of keeping her eyes on two situations at once.

  5. You might be surprised that our good city has been given advice that every other southern California city or district has been given through proxy of Mayor or council; boring and already well understood by the time you reach the third grade year.
    Much meaningless numbers also added, to the context, slathered on as like BBQ sauce.

    However, it is refreshing that we are graced with the opportunity of a Mayor with the ability of keeping her eyes on two situations at once.

  6. Im scared… I dont know which eye to look at…

  7. Im scared… I dont know which eye to look at…

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