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'Survive for 7' helps get your household prepared for a natural disaster

'Survive for 7' helps get your household prepared for a natural disaster

Lakewood’s CityTV television channel 31 looks at the realities of living in “earthquake country.” Their video, “Shake, Rattle and Survive,” complements two October disaster preparedness events. All are intended to help families better understand the risks of a major quake and be ready to deal with the aftermath. See the video at: www.lakewoodcity.org/ShakeOut.

A free, one-evening “Survive for 7” family preparedness workshop is set for Tuesday, October 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lakewood Youth Center, 4658 Woodruff Avenue. The workshop teaches the basics of preparing for emergency situations, including the skills families may need to survive in the first week following a catastrophe. Sign up at (562) 866-9771, extension 2408 or online at www.lakewoodcity.org/eCatalog, using course number 12419.

The statewide “Great California ShakeOut!” exercise follows on Thursday, October 18 at 10:18 a.m. It's good practice for all of us to "drop, cover and hold on." Look for helpful emergency preparedness information and reminders in the days leading up to the drill.

Experts encourage families to use the ShakeOut drill as a reminder to check their preparedness plans, kits and supplies. Added info is online at www.ShakeOut.org.

One of the sad aftermaths of some past disasters around our nation was the large number of lost and abandoned pets that eventually perished. Emergency planners have tried to learn from those experiences.

Lakewood's animal control agency SEAACA offers a detailed pet-focused checklist for emergency planning at www.lakewoodcity.org/petsprep. SEAACA encourages pet licensing and microchipping (which can be key for returning lost pets to their owners) along with a range of practical suggestions such as preparing pet "emergency kits" that include pet snacks, meds and a sturdy carrier.