Red Cross volunteers will be educating “San Andreas” moviegoers about the importance of earthquake preparedness this weekend at Edwards Bakersfield Stadium 14 in the Marketplace.
Volunteers will have a table with educational materials set up at the theater at these times:
- Friday, May 29: 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday, May 30: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Sunday, May 31: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Red Cross urges Kern County residents to take this opportunity to get prepared for disasters like earthquakes.
“From earthquakes to home fires, we want Kern residents to be prepared for any disaster,” said Executive Director Amy Smith, “You don’t want to wait until after disaster strikes to think about what should go in your emergency kit.”
There are a few essential steps every family can take to get ready for a disaster like an earthquake:
- Become aware of fire evacuation and safety plans for all of the buildings you occupy regularly.
- Pick safe places in each room of your home, workplace, and/or school. A safe place could be under a piece of furniture or against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases, or tall furniture that could fall.
- Keep a flashlight and sturdy shoes by each person’s bed in case the earthquake strikes in the middle of the night.
- Bolt and brace water heaters and gas appliances to wall studs.
- Hang heavy items, such as pictures or mirrors, away from beds, couches and anywhere people sit or sleep.
- Learn how to shut off the gas valves in your home and keep a wrench handy for that purpose.
- Keep and maintain an emergency kit in an easy-to-access location.
- Learn more about making a family game plan at redcross.org/preparecentralvalley
The local Red Cross teaches emergency preparedness all year around. From kids to seniors and everyone in between, there’s a Red Cross readiness program for your organization. Simply fill out this form to request a presentation.
About the American Red Cross Central California Region
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The American Red Cross Central California Region provides services to the ten counties across Central California that is home to more than 4 million people.