Thursday, March 26, 2009

Are you ready?

As I mentioned yesterday, the next community-wide Neighborhood Watch meeting (April 14 at 7:00 PM in Council Chambers) will focus on emergency preparedness.

Carrie Cruz [see footnote], the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the City of Pomona, will talk with us about how to prepare for the next big earthquake or other emergency.

Fear as a motivational tool is usually less than successful because people get all worked up and then stick their heads in the sand as a coping strategy. That said, fear coupled with information about how to reduce the anxiety is a solid tactic for getting people to take action.

"Why do I bother sharing this little reflection?," you might ask. Well, take a look at the PD's flier and you'll see what I'm talking about: a big ol' fear message coupled with a really obvious point of action: ATTEND THIS EVENT!

Do it for your own well-being. Do it for your family. Do it for your community. In the words of the goddess Nike, "Just do it." Side note: I do wish the goddess Pomona had a nifty one liner like that -- any ideas? Maybe "just pluck it." Although the goddess might see such a directive as applying the fruit harvest, I imagine I could use it in quite a number of situations.

Emergency Preparedness

Footnote: Cpl. Haggerty explained that Carrie Cruz is responsible for making sure all city employees are prepared and trained for any kind of major emergency that occurs within the city. She is also the liaison between our city and outside cities during major emergency situations.

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