What would it be like if a natural disaster such as an earthquake struck Southern California and you became homeless? Will you have food, water, and shelter for all your family members? The city of Rosemead is offering an opportunity for you to experience such an emergency with a mock event. Why?
That’s because earthquakes strike suddenly, violently, and without warning at any time of the year and at any time of the day or night. The disaster can be so severe that homes and offices may not be safe to enter or to occupy.
The city is inviting residents to come together for a “Summer Survival Family Campout” on Friday, August 2, 6 p.m. to Saturday, August 3, 10 a.m. at Rosemead Park, 4343 Encinita Avenue.
Mandy Wong, Rosemead'a emergency coordinator, said that the mock tent city will give residents an opportunity to review their own emergency plan and to assess if they have basic disaster supplies on hand while practicing emergency shelter.
The city recommends that each person in the family be self-sufficient for at least three to seven days with food and water. Families should also consider basic camping equipment so as to be ready if they have to evacuate to a park or if it becomes necessary to make a shelter in their own backyard.
The Summer Survival Family Campout will also offer emergency preparedness activities for all ages including:
- Fire suppression demonstration by CERT volunteers.
- Splinting demonstration by LA County Fire Personnel.
- Emergency Preparedness games and crafts.
- Disaster-Ready Scavenger Hunt.
- Ham Radio Demonstration.
- Emergency food preparation and tasting.
Residents can register for this free event by July 25 with the Parks and Recreation Department. Families must bring their own camping gear and food for Friday’s dinner and Saturday’s breakfast.
“Join us for an educational and fun experience. Please call (626) 569-2160 to reserve a camp spot or for more information.
Summer Survival Campout Timeline:
Friday, August 2, 2013
6:00 p.m. Camper check-in/set-up
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Concert/Dinner (on your own)
8:30 p.m. Games
9:00 p.m. Fire Pan Demonstration
9:15 p.m. Emergency Food Demo/Sampling
9:30 p.m. Why You Need to Be Ready (Chief Samoano, City of Rosemead/LASD)
9:45 p.m. Quick Game
10:00 p.m. Candle making
10:30 p.m. Lights Out! Scavenger Hunt
11:00 p.m. S’mores (Fire Pit)
Midnight – 7:00 a.m. Quiet Time
Saturday, August 3, 2013
7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast (on your own)
8:00 a.m. Emergency Kits Discussion
8:45 a.m. Quick Game
9:00 a.m. Splinting Demonstration and Basic First Aid Discussion (LA County. Fire) 9:30 a.m.
Pack Up Tents/Clean-up
10:00 a.m. End of the Event