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Learn how to "Survive for 7" on February 21

Register now for 'Survive for 7' class

Earthquakes in Southern California are a reminder to residents to get their homes and families prepared for disasters that can strike locally. To help, Lakewood’s “Survive for 7” program returns on February 21 with a free one-evening “jump start” to learn the basics of preparing for emergency situations.

The workshop educates residents about actions they can take to protect their family and teaches skills needed to survive in the first week following a catastrophe. Learn more at www.lakewoodcity.org/7days.

The free program is scheduled for Tuesday, February 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Lakewood Youth Center, 4658 Woodruff Avenue. Register at www.lakewoodcity.org/eCatalog. The program is course #6372, “Survive for 7 Disaster Planning Program.” Call 562-866-9771, extension 2408 for additional information.

Experts say it just takes a little common-sense preparation for individual families to be self-reliant following a major disaster, “Do you know what to do? Do you have a plan? Fire, police and emergency medical services may be delayed in responding. You need to learn what to do, have a plan and be prepared to take care of yourself, your family and your community,” says instructor Nancy Hitt.

There are six basics you should stock for your home: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing, bedding, tools and emergency supplies/special items. Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container. Possible containers include a large, covered trash container with wheels, a camping backpack or a duffle bag.

Disaster information: KLWD 1620, the web and CityTV channel 31

How successfully Lakewood responds in the days and weeks after a major disaster depends in large part on how well the community stays informed. By harnessing the Internet, radio, and cable television the city is prepared to get important disaster relief messages to the community in the aftermath of a major catastrophe.

In the event of a citywide disaster, the City of Lakewood’s radio station 1620 AM will broadcast Lakewood-specific information about emergency services. Be prepared to tune into KLWD 1620 AM using a portable crank disaster kit radio or car radio. Year-round the channel broadcasts public information on disaster preparedness and city programs.