Henry Mayo Emergency Management staff will have a booth at the KHTS Emergency Expo on Saturday, March 29.
The Emergency Management Department at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital exists to ensure that the Santa Clarita Valley can weather a major disaster, like an earthquake, brush fire or terrorist attack.
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To help SCV residents prepare their homes and families for emergencies, the Emergency Management Department will be one of the major exhibitors at the KHTS Emergency Expo on Saturday, March 29 at the Hyatt Regency in Valencia, where they will host demonstrations and giveaways.
Henry Mayo will showcase one of their inflatable surge tents at the Expo, said Terry Stone, safety officer and emergency preparedness manager for the hospital.
The 24’ by 18’ tent would serve as a triage center during a disaster, complete with cots, privacy curtains and supplies and equipment.
It can hold up to 20 patients–10 gurneys and 10 chairs.
Henry Mayo staff will distribute family disaster plans to guests. These worksheets are designed to help families determine what is important during a disaster, including personal information, allergies and medication, Stone said.
Staff will also be passing out information for older adults, that addresses their specific needs.
Stone suggested that seniors or anyone dependent on medication get a prescription for extra medication from their doctor, to keep with their emergency kit.
Emergency kits for families and residents of all ages should include basic necessities like food, water, hygiene items, a tent, gloves, a flashlight and a radio to get updated information on the disaster and rescue efforts.
Two of these survival kits will be raffled off by the Henry Mayo Emergency Management booth on Saturday.
Each kit is designed to sustain two people for 72-hours.
“Everybody should have one (kit) in their car and one at home,” Stone said, “because in L.A. most of us spend a lot of time in the car.”
There will be a number interactive activities at the Expo, including a Wii fire safety game that teaches guests to use a fire extinguisher and how to safely handle circuit breakers and water heaters.
Registered nurses will also have the opportunity to sign up for the Los Angeles County Disaster Healthcare Volunteers Surge Unit.
Surge Unit volunteers are deployed to the front lines when a disaster strikes.
The KHTS Emergency Expo is part of the two-day KHTS Home and Garden Show on Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30.
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SCV News contributed to this report.
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Source: Santa Clarita News