What, Who, When, How and Why for HOA Board Candidates

What? Running for a seat on our HOA Board.

Who? You. That’s who! If you are a resident of Shadow Hills Community Association, with an annual budget of $12 million and you have management or financial experience, you may be a great addition to our HOA Board. This year two board members will be elected and it could be YOU!

When? A letter with the details of the process has been sent to all residents. Voting takes place by ballot or by proxy sent out in early February. Winners are announced at our Annual Meeting on April 8th, 2019.

How? You must apply by December 7th to be a candidate for the Board by registering with HOAelections.com, a state-wide company that assures fair elections.

Why? Because our Shadow Hills community deserves to have qualified, motivated candidates elected to our HOA Board.

HOA Board Call for Candidates

Enclosed you will find important information regarding the "Call for Candidates" for the upcoming Annual Meeting and election of Board Members. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please review the information provided as well as the Bylaws and CC&R's carefully to ensure that you meet the criteria to become a member of the Board and that you are prepared to commit the required time needed to serve on the Board.

3rd Annual “Planksgiving” Event

Sun City Shadow Hills Is Proud to Present the 3rd Annual Planksgiving Event

Marlena Santiago started Planksgiving November of 2016 to encourage participants to build a stronger core. She named it “Planksgiving” and gave the winners the title “King and Queen Turkey.”

In 2016, Linda Aasen was our first Queen Turkey. The runner up was Linda Richards, who won the Modified Turkey category. In 2017 our turkeys became so strong that we no longer needed a modified turkey category, only full planks!

Our 2017 Queens were Mary Ann and Gloria Figure.

This year SCSH would like to have a King Turkey standing next to a Queen Turkey. Planksgiving is open to all residents of Sun City Shadow Hills. Come join the comradery among participants, fitness fun, and most importantly test your strength gains over this past year!

Join Marlena on November 16, 2018 at 7:00 AM in the Montecito Group Exercise Room.

Rules

Participants will perform a full plank on toes and forearms. The one female and one male participant that can hold their plank the longest will become 2018 King & Queen Turkey.

Mats are available, but you are welcome to bring your own mat and towel.

 

2018 Year-end Operating Hours

 Thursday, November 22Friday, November 23
Association OfficeClosedClosed
Fitness Center5:00 AM – 12:00 PM5:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Montecito Clubhouse6:00 AM – 12:00 PM6:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Santa Rosa Clubhouse6:00 AM – 12:00 PM6:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Golf Pro Shop6:00 AM – 12:00 PM6:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Shadows Restaurant11:30 AM & 2:30 PM
(Reservation Only)
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
 Monday, December 24Tuesday, December 25
Association OfficeClosedClosed
Fitness Center5:00 AM – 12:00 PMClosed
Montecito Clubhouse6:00 AM – 12:00 PMClosed
Santa Rosa Clubhouse6:00 AM – 12:00 PMClosed
Golf Pro Shop6:00 AM – 12:00 PM6:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Shadows Restaurant8:00 AM – 2:00 PM8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
 Monday, December 31Tuesday, January 1
Association OfficeClosedClosed
Fitness Center5:00 AM – 12:00 PMRegular Hours
Montecito Clubhouse6:00 AM – 12:00 PMRegular Hours
Santa Rosa Clubhouse6:00 AM – 12:00 PMRegular Hours
Golf Pro Shop6:00 AM – 5:00 PM6:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Shadows Restaurant8:00 AM – 4:00 PM8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

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Dynamax Slam Ball Workout

Our Dynamax medicine balls have arrived at the Fitness Center. See below for a foundational and fun workout!

 

Overhead Slams
3 Rounds of 30-60 Sec. As Fast as Possible

       

How to do it: Straddling the ball, stand with your feet about shoulders’ width apart. Keeping your chest up and your back flat, squat down and reach for the ball with both hands. As you stand, lift the ball up and overhead. The ball should stay close to your body and travel upward in a straight line. Once the arms are fully extended overhead, squat and drive the ball into the ground. Be sure to maintain control of the ball at all times, releasing it no more than few inches above the ground. “When slamming the ball into the ground, push your weight back into the hips and keep the arms straight to use the lats (back muscles).”

 

Overhead Side Slams
3 Rounds of 30-60 Sec. As Fast as Possible

How to do it: Straddling the ball, stand with your feet about shoulders’ width apart. Keeping your chest up and your back flat, squat down and reach for the ball with both hands. As you stand, lift the ball up and overhead. The ball should stay close to your body and travel upward in a straight line. Once the arms are fully extended overhead, bend legs, push hips backward, pivot legs and rotate body to one side as you slam the ball alongside of body into the ground. Catch ball, return to start position and repeat.

 

Single-leg Toe Touches with Ball
3 Sets 8-12 Each Leg

This one isolates your hamstrings and glutes, strengthening your posterior chain. It also engages your stabilizer muscles, improving your balance as well.

How to: Stand on one leg, holding the ball in your hands at chest height (a). Bend at the waist, extending one leg behind you while reaching out and touching the toe of your other leg with the ball (b). A slight bend in the knee. Stand back up, switch legs, and repeat (c).

 

Medicine Ball Push-ups
3 Sets 8-12 Each Side

Why? This advanced push-up variation, because it introduces an element of instability, is more challenging than your standard push-up.

How to do it: Start in a plank position with the feet a bit wider apart than usual (this will help you maintain balance). With one hand on the floor, position the ball under the palm of the other hand. Keeping the neck neutral, the back flat, and the elbows drawn in toward the body, lower the chest until it hovers just above the floor. Using the chest muscles, push the floor away from the body until the arms are straight.

 

Weighted Sit-ups
3 Sets 8-12 Reps

Why? You’ll feel these in the rectus abdominis (the six-pack muscles), and the overhead movement adds some shoulder activation.

How to do it: Sit on the ground with soles of the feet pressed together and the ball at chest height. (If this position is uncomfortable, simply bend your knees and keep the soles of the feet on the ground.) Lean back in a controlled manner and bring the ball overhead with slightly bent elbows. Touch the ball to the floor behind your head. Bring the ball forward and engage the abs to sit up.

The View Seeks Stories about Volunteers

Last year we began featuring Sun City Shadow Hills residents who volunteer to help others throughout the Coachella Valley in a section The View calls “Healing the World.” It is an opportunity to highlight our neighbors who volunteer and the organizations who really need our help.

If you, or someone you know, is such a volunteer please contact The View at view@scshca.com.

Did You Feel It? The 7.5 Big One?

The Great American ShakeOut Earthquake Drill occurred last Thursday, October 18 at 10:18 AM at Sun City Shadow Hills where we simulated a 7.5 Earthquake and asked all residents, including staff members present to DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON!!!  This is what we would recommend if the BIG ONE were to hit here at SCSH.

On behalf of the Emergency Preparedness Sub-Committee, we would like to thank all residents who participated, along with our many EPSC Volunteers!  Participating in this drill every year is a great reminder of where we live in proximity to the San Andreas Fault and to remind residents that the HOA is recommending every household be able to sustain themselves for a minimum of two weeks after a major disaster.

Reporting in from the Santa Rosa Clubhouse was EPSC Volunteer, Robert Jester and he had nothing but positive feedback from the residents who actively participated, as well as the residents who chose to watch.  EPSC Volunteer Emilie Jester reported in from the Santa Rosa classrooms and a great big THANK YOU goes out to the Writers Club who were meeting in one of the classrooms and were more than happy to participate by dropping, covering and holding on.  While EPSC Volunteer Barry Fisher handled the Santa Rosa Golf Pro Shop!  Robert Jester handled the fitness center and staff offices where he found the staff to be very helpful during the drill and assisted in getting residents to comply with our directions.

EPSC Volunteers Patti Petersen was assigned to the Tennis and Pickleball courts outside the Santa Rosa and she reported outstanding participation! Approximately 80% of both groups did the full drill – dropped on the hot cement, sought cover under the table and the bocce ball benches, and held on.  Patti was very impressed with the level of their enthusiasm to participate.

EPSC Volunteer John Petersen reported in from the Santa Rosa Outdoor Pool - 6 people in pool, 2 seated around pool. None actually actively participated in the drill, but all listened and watched his demonstration of dropping to his hands and knees and crawling to the nearest wall. John instructed those in the pool that, in the case of an earthquake, they should get out of the pool immediately and crawl to the nearest chair or wall to protect themselves. All were very appreciative of the information and demonstration.

From the Montecito:

Cynthia Bakshy, EPSC Volunteer reporting from The Montecito Clubhouse. Our team arrived 15 minutes early to scope out all the areas and see how many residents were inside. We explained the appropriate action to take if they were in the Montecito during an actual earthquake. Our team invited residents to participate and encouraged those who could not physically get under a table, to observe our demonstrations.

Linda Stackpoole, EPSC Volunteer reported that the residents in the Art Studio listened and one person actively participated, as the other residents observed.

EPSC Volunteers, Jim Hansen & Chris Stevens, reported the residents in the Billiards Room were a bit apprehensive about going under the pool tables, however, did listen to the alternative options given for their safety.  Cheryl Lopez, EPSC Volunteer covered the Community Singers in the ballroom. Kathy Rosandich was very receptive to Cheryl's demonstration. All the members participated in getting up from their chairs, moving to the sides of the room, and most covering their heads.

Connie King, Lifestyles Director, Liz Guiterrez and Carmen Clay at the Lifestyles desk were all fully engaged. We pointed out all the windows in their offices and surrounding areas and demonstrated how the glass would project outward toward the front desk area. Cynthia crawled under the front desk and showed them how to hold on.  Connie even pointed out to also place the desk chair in front to further protect themselves from flying glass.

The small group of 6 residents playing cards were a bit hesitant in the beginning, seeing that the table was way too low to crawl under. After discussing with them alternative escape routes they were very appreciative for the info we shared!  Overall, though there were very few residents in the clubhouse that day. Those that were present were very appreciative that we made them much more aware of their surroundings.

EPSC Volunteer, Terry Coon was inside the Fitness Center and reports, we had 5 Emergency Preparedness members go over to the Montecito Fitness Center.  We arrived about 10 mins. ahead of the drill, so we walked around the facility and spoke either with individuals or in one case, an entire group/class of exercise/dancers in the Dance Studio.  We invited residents to participate and encouraged those who may choose not to participate, at least watch others so they could see what would be appropriate to do in an actual earthquake.

Almost all of the dancers participated and many of the folks in the gym participated as well.  Everyone we spoke with prior to the drill was very positive and showed interest in the drill!  The staff at the fitness center were helpful to our volunteers and also actively participated in the drill, taking cover under their desk areas.  It was a very positive experience.

HOA OFFICE

EPSC Volunteer, Erin Smith reported in from the HOA Offices and said that her team, including Julie Sandoval and Linda Delodovici entered the HOA offices and made their announcements to all available staff members.  Most staff participated or watched intently as the 60 second drill countdown began.  Erin even had to interrupt an important meeting taking place inside the Coachella Room involving staff members, Rich Smetana and Vanessa Ayon and Board Members, Kim Fuller and Fera Mostow, who were happy to have their meeting interrupted by our drill.  Well, maybe not exactly happy, but they understood the importance of practicing what they would do if the Big One were to hit while they were at work.  We are pleased to report virtually all staff members present were well prepared to crawl under desks, tables or chairs and wait for the “shaking” to stop.  In the case of a real emergency, the HOA will be well prepared to ride it out and Drop, Cover and Hold.

From the Chair of the Emergency Preparedness Sub-Committee:

Jeff Kirkpatrick, Chairperson of the EPSC, was pleased to say that 20 of our current EPSC Volunteers arrived at the Emergency Operations Center prior to the event and received radios, vests, nametags, other equipment, area assignments, and a briefing about the drill exercise!  Each member was provided a script with which to speak to patron participants and gently introduce the drill and its intent.

This Sun City Shadow Hills Earthquake Preparedness Drill targeted not only residents in our public buildings; but also, all staff members present. As has been reported by the various Team Leaders, the resident member participation was extremely high!  One of the greatest lessons taught and learned by those present was the concept of ‘situational awareness.’  Decisions about how to react to an event are determined by an immediate assessment of where you are the moment the earthquake strikes.

Rules of thumb include:  NEVER stand in doorways; NEVER immediately run out of a building; ALWAYS, regardless of where you are while on foot, DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON!  DROP when you first feel the first shaking, regardless of how strong the earthquake might become.  DROP to the floor/ground before the earthquake drops you – this can prevent broken wrists, arms, knees, and skulls!  DO crawl away from windows, glass, mirrors, and unsecured wall furniture and decorations.  DO take COVER under nearby tables, desks, chairs, counters, or anything that will protect your head and neck!

When the shaking stops and you think it is safe to move, calmly get up and WALK out of the building you are in.  Beware of aftershocks that follow the main event and repeat the DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON exercise until you have safely exited the building.  Move far enough away from the building so that building walls, windows, and roofing materials cannot fall on you.  Do not re-enter the building/home until it is deemed safe to do so.

To learn more, please attend one of the Disaster Preparation-101 classes presented at the Montecito Clubhouse.  Dates and times are posted here.  Register for these free seminars at the Montecito Lifestyles Desk.  Please join us and become prepared.  It really is quite easy!

If you would like to become a volunteer with the Emergency Preparedness Sub-Committee, please fill out an Advisory Committee Interest Form.

The Great ShakeOut: Step Seven – Restore and Reconnect

Restore daily life by reconnecting with others, repairing damage, and rebuilding community. In the days and weeks that follow a big earthquake, your family, friends and neighbors can come together to start the process of recovery.

Once you have dealt with urgent and immediate needs after an earthquake, continue to follow the plan you prepared in advance. Aftershocks will continue to happen for several weeks after major earthquakes. Some may be large enough to cause additional damage. Always be ready to DROP, COVER and HOLD ON.

Following a major disaster, communication will be an important step in your recovery efforts. Turn on your portable radio for information and safety advisories.

If your home is damaged, contact your insurance agent right away to begin your claims process. For most Presidentially declared disasters, resources will also be available from federal, state, and local government agencies.Your recovery period can take several weeks to months or longer.

For a comprehensive list of actions and steps to take, click here:

www.earthquakecountry.org/step7/

The best way to be prepared is to practice. Watch for daily updates and plan to participate in the 2018 Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on October 18 at 10:18 am.

The Great ShakeOut: Step Six – Improve Safety – RED Card/GREEN Card

This program is designed for use in the event of an extreme event, such as the “Big One,”a major earthquake.

In the last quarter of 2017 the Emergency Preparedness Sub-committee, EPSC, delivered a laminated 8.5” by 11” card to every household in Sun City Shadow Hills. This card is solid red on one side and solid green on the other.

The GREEN side of the card means that you and your residence do not need assistance. The RED side means that you or your residence do need some type of help.

Following an extreme event, residents are asked to display the appropriate side of the card in a front window. The EPSC has developed a team of dedicated residents called the “Windshield Survey Team.” This team will cruise each of the twenty residential tracts and report damage and calls for help.

If you do not have a RED Card/GREEN Card, or have misplaced yours, cards are available in the Preparedness Literature Rack in the Montecito Clubhouse at the Lifestyle Desk.

The best way to be prepared is to practice. Watch for daily updates and plan to participate in the 2018 Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on October 18 at 10:18 am.

Montecito Tennis Courts to Reopen October 23

The Montecito Clubhouse Tennis Courts are schedule to reopen Tuesday, October 23.

The Montecito Clubhouse Tennis Courts remain closed for the courts resurfacing project. The closure will ensure the tennis courts resurfacing can be completed as quickly, safely, and efficiently as possible.

Any updates to this timeline will be provided via on-site notices and notifications on the community website.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information, please contact the Facilities Maintenance Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2401.

The Great ShakeOut: Step Six – Improve Safety

This is a big topic and deserves careful consideration. Let’s start with the moment the ground stops shaking - evaluate your surroundings and check for injuries and damage that need immediate attention.

First take care of your own situation. Remember your emergency plans. Aftershocks may cause additional damage or items to fall, so get to a safe location. Use your “grab-and-go” disaster supplies as needed.

Letting People Know You Are OK

We are fortunate to have a RED Card/GREEN card program here. If you need help, display the RED Card in a front window. If you are okay, display the GREEN card.

For additional information on when you should evacuate, if you are trapped, helping the injured, preventing further injuries or damage, letting people know you’re okay and staying connected click here:

www.earthquakecountry.org/step6/

The best way to be prepared is to practice. Watch for daily updates and plan to participate in the 2018 Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on October 18 at 10:18 am.

Find Your “I Love This” Move

Find your “I love this” move. Take a minute to visualize how you want to feel the next time you are active. Do you want to feel calm? Happy? Empowered? Energized?

Here are the suggested activities:

  • To feel calm try walking, hiking, guided meditation, Tai Chi or Yoga
  • To feel Happy try Zumba and Aqua Fitness
  • To feel Empowered try Total Body Tabata or Cardio & Strength
  • To feel Energized try Aqua Fitness, biking or strength training

Weight Watchers

Our Weight Watchers community meeting is taking place on Fridays at 9:00 AM in the Capistrano Room. Weigh-in starts at 8:30 AM.

If you would like to participate just come by this Friday and sign up with our coach Sue White.

The Great ShakeOut: Step Five – Drop, Cover and Hold On

DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.

COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand.

If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelterIf no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows).

Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs.

HOLD ON until shaking stops

Under shelter: hold on to it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts.

No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.

Memorize these three words: DROP, COVER and HOLD ON.

The Great ShakeOut Drill will give you a chance to practice, and we all know practice makes perfect.

The best way to be prepared is to practice. Watch for daily updates and plan to participate in the 2018 Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on October 18 at 10:18 am.

Montecito Outdoor Pool and Spa Deck Remediation

The Montecito Outdoor Pool and Spa is scheduled to close on Monday, October 15, and to reopen on Monday, November 19, for the pool and spa deck remediation.

During this period, the Montecito outdoor pool and spa will remain closed for the restoration project. The closure will ensure the pool and spa deck restoration can be completed as quickly, safely, and efficiently as possible.

Any updates to this timeline will be provided via on-site notices and notifications on the community website.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information, please contact the Facilities Maintenance Department at 760-345-4349 ext. 2401.

The Great ShakeOut: Step Four – Minimize Financial Hardship

Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance.

Earthquakes may last only seconds but they can shake up our lives for weeks and months to come. You can minimize your financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property and considering earthquake insurance.

You may need to leave your house quickly after an earthquake. Consider what documents you will need if you are away from home for an extended time.

Put all of these important documents in a sealed plastic bag, then place it into your disaster kit “grab-and-go” bag. (Backpack or other small bag.) Leave your “grab-and-go” somewhere you can get to easily.

Consider what important documents you will need:

Copies of identification.

Copies of insurance cards.

List of emergency contact numbers.

Photos of belongings in your home. (This will help you file an insurance claim.)

For more information on minimizing financial hardship, click here:

www.earthquakecountry.org/step4/

The best way to be prepared is to practice. Watch for daily updates and plan to participate in the 2018 Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on October 18 at 10:18 am.

President’s Message: Fitness Classes – A Discussion of Cost

Kim Fuller
President

As a part of the budget process, there has been an examination of the Fitness Classes and their related costs. The Board is considering an increase in the Fitness Class fees to cover costs and that has many asking the question as to ‘Why’. Very simple, but complicated question, but I will do my best to cover many points about the class rates and costs to help explain our predicament. Please understand that these are my comments and not necessarily the opinions of other Board members. Nor do my comments mean the Board will vote a certain way.

Many have asked why the Fitness classes aren’t subsidized at the same level as Golf. Golf operations are subsidized more than other areas, that is true. That operation takes more money to maintain, just like security takes more money to maintain than the fitness dept. When we all moved here we agreed to these costs as part of living here, and that is paid for from the monthly assessments. There is no surprise in paying the cost for maintaining the golf course or paying for security, etc. because we all knew about these costs when we moved in. The future goal is to maintain the level of services in a cost-efficient way without raising monthly assessments unreasonably.

Currently Fitness classes have a yearly pass (use all the classes you like in one year), a monthly pass (use all the classes you like in one month), or pay each time one at a time. Keep in mind the golfers pay for every round they play. That is part of the equation. There are no passes at a yearly rate to reduce the costs of each round. Clearly if we did that the subsidy would have to increase because we would be getting less money for each round played. That is the difference between the yearly passes for fitness classes and golf fees. Golf is pay as you go, so costs are distributed equally among the users.

Fitness classes currently do not operate this way. About 1.5 years ago, at the request of residents, more classes were offered, but it was done on the expectation and condition that the program would break even. So, many classes were implemented, and projections were made to break even so that homeowners would not have an increase in the monthly assessments for the classes. This concept seemed reasonable because these classes were never part of the fitness budget, so to increase the cost of classes to all residents by increasing their monthly assessments did not seem fair.

Part of the projection at that time was a yearly, monthly, and day use fee for the classes. This was implemented and has been tried for the last 1.5 years. The problem is we now have too many people using the fitness classes that are not paying for the cost of the class, so the subsidy would have to increase to all residents if we are to maintain that same program. This was not the intention or plan in expanding the number of classes.

The current cost to the HOA per fitness class is about $65. If residents paid $4 per class, we would need about 16 people in the class to break even. As the program grew, the problem became yearly pass holders given their cost of the pass. At $200, if a person were to take a class twice per week, their cost would be less than $2 per class. This would mean we would need 32 people in each class to break even. The situation gets worse the more people use the pass. Example: one person contacted me and said they would be willing to pay $400 for the pass because they use it six days a week. This person is only paying about 65 cents per class. This is the problem. The concept of a yearly unlimited pass will conflict with the actual cost of providing the class, the more it is used, the more money the HOA loses, and the more money all residents will need to pay as a subsidy.

Even if people are willing to pay $400 for the pass, individual costs of the classes would have to increase to make up the difference in costs. This becomes the complex decision of the Board on how to distribute those costs fairly. Should residents be subsidizing classes along with individual users so yearly pass holders pay little for any class. I am not sure at this point that is fair. The best way to maintain services equally is to have costs distributed equally among the users. This is the platform of golf users. Each person pays as they play, with no special benefit for a monthly or yearly pass. This way we can track the costs for golf and if necessary raise the golf fees up to cover the cost, but it is done for everyone equally.

I don’t believe you can have competing systems in place at the same time; Yearly passes vs. individual pay as you go fees. These two systems conflict and will ultimately lead to yearly pass holders being subsidized by increased costs to residents and daily fee users. The most efficient and fair way to spread costs is everyone pays their fair share of the costs. I favor this approach for a program that needs to break even. If the cost of the classes were to stay at $4 per class, with no yearly or monthly passes, then costs can be tracked, classes with too few people eliminated, and remaining classes can be offered long term without increasing the monthly costs to the homeowners.

The current proposed budget by the fitness dept. was an increase of about 40% in subsidy, this is just too high for all residents so that about 200 people can take classes far below market rates. If we provide the classes at a set fee for everyone, then just like golf, everyone that uses the classes will share equally in the cost. This is maintainable. Otherwise daily fees and monthly assessments to all residents will have to increase. I would be concerned about raising monthly fees to 3,450 homeowners for the benefit of 200 yearly pass holders. Although I understand everyone would like the costs to be low, but sometimes that is not realistic. I also don’t think $4 per class is unreasonable for the benefit, the same as I don’t think golf fees for $42 to $52 dollars is unreasonable.

This program of classes was never part of the original subsidy agreement to residents for the fitness department, so we must find a way to break even if such classes are going to continue. Naturally I am giving you my thoughts, the Board may, and can decide as they wish when a vote comes for the final budget.

I think it wise and reasonable to campaign to the Board for whatever outcome you would like to see take place. That is how the system works, and the final vote for a budget and how classes are offered will not happened until the next Board meeting.

Thank you,
Kim Fuller

The Great ShakeOut: Step Three – Organize Disaster Supplies

This step is crucial and should be started ASAP. It’s also on the overwhelming side, so take it slow and steady. Convenience is the key here. Be sure you store your kits in locations that are easily accessible at home, at work and in your vehicle. Backpacks or other small bags are best for disaster supplies. You can easily “grab and go” if you have to evacuate.

Here is a partial list to get you started:

Medications, prescription list, copies of medical cards, doctor’s name and contact information. Consider completing a “Vial of Life,” available free of charge at the Lifestyles Desk.

First aid kit and handbook (Consider taking a basic first aid course. Knowledge on hand is quicker than relying on a handbook!)

Examination gloves (non-latex)

Dust mask

Spare eyeglasses or contact lenses and cleaning solution

Bottled water

Whistle (to alert rescuers to your location)

Sturdy shoes

Emergency cash

Road maps

List of emergency out-of-area contact phone numbers

Snack foods, high in water and calories

Working flashlight with extra batteries and light bulbs, or light sticks

Personal hygiene supplies

Copies of personal identification (drivers license, work ID card, etc)

For a more complete list, click here: www.earthquakecountry.org/step3/

The best way to be prepared is to practice. Watch for daily updates and plan to participate in the 2018 Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on October 18 at 10:18 am.