Lompoc Valley Medical Center and the Lompoc Hospital District Foundation’s Community Education Committee invite the public to a Disaster PrepareAthon on Oct. 22.
The interactive family-friendly event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on LVMC’s main parking lot and lawn at 1515 E. Ocean Ave. “It is time for Lompoc to get prepared and for LVMC to help our community to help themselves with a strong brace of support from our Lompoc Fire Department, Red Cross, Lompoc Police Department, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department and many local collaborating agencies,” said LVMC Outreach Coordinator Karen Ortiz.
The PrepareAthon will provide an opportunity for individuals, organizations and the community to take action to prepare for specific hazards through education, drills and exercises, Ortiz added.
Disaster risks in Central California can range from wildfires, to earthquakes, to high winds, to floods, and even severe drought. The Disaster PrepareAthon encourages proactive engagement for individuals, families and organizations to prepare for emergencies. More than 20 agencies will be on hand to provide information, handouts, emergency plan assistance, bilingual disaster support and more. Participating agencies include the Aware and Prepare/Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management, American Red Cross, United Blood Services, Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness, LISTOS, Doctors Without Walls/Santa Barbara Street Medicine, Santa Barbara County Animal Services and Prepare 2 Care.
Children’s activities include library and story time, face painting, emergency kit building project and more.
Food vendors for the day are SuperGrill Taco truck, Sanchez Roasted Corn and Sapori Italian Ice, while Lompoc Foursquare Church will provide free slushies and popcorn for children.
Participants can complete a special Disaster PrepareAthon Passport for the chance to win prizes.
The event is made possible by the generous sponsorship of UnionBank, Aware and Prepare, the Santa Barbara Foundation and Sunbelt.
Follow updates on the Disaster PrepareAthon at the Lompoc Hospital District Foundation Facebook page and on Twitter @LVMCFoundation.