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Home Safety Tips.  Here are a few options to protect yourself and your home
Natural Disaster Survival Guide: How to Be Sure You're Prepared for the Worst
No one wants to think about the possibility of being stuck in the midst of a natural disaster. Yet disasters happen all around the world, unexpectedly and with devastating consequences. While there’s no way to predict or stop a natural disaster, you can be prepared for survival no matter the circumstances.
Water is the Most Important Supply to Have on Hand
If you’re putting together a disaster survival kit, the number one item you should have in ample supply is clean water. That’s because you can’t survive more than a few days without water, but you can survive for a few weeks without food.
One gallon of water per person per day is a good rule of thumb. You should also learn how to find safe drinking water and methods for purifying water, so that you’re prepared for any worst-case scenario.
Have an Evacuation Plan
If there is extensive damage to your home or whatever building you’re in when disaster strikes, it may be unsafe to remain inside – meaning you’ll have to evacuate. That said, there’s no guarantee the roads are in traveling condition, or that they’re passable and not gridlocked with thousands of other people who are also trying to evacuate to safer places.
If this is your situation, you can always camp out in your backyard while waiting for help or the ability to evacuate on your own. Develop a plan for inspecting your home and how to evacuate safely, and ask a friend or relative to act as an emergency contact. If your family is separated and service in your area is down, having an outside source who can relay information to all members will improve communication efforts and help relieve the stress of not having everyone together.
Know the Recommended Safety Steps for Natural Disasters
Natural disasters come in a variety of forms, from tornadoes to tsunamis, hurricanes, and blizzards. The best way to protect yourself and your family is different depending on the circumstances. In a tornado, for instance, you should take cover in the lowest floor of your home, preferably a basement or an emergency shelter, and you should stay as far away from windows as possible.  In an earthquake, you should seek cover under a sturdy table and cover your face with your arms. Popular Mechanics outlines the best practices for staying safe in various types of natural disasters.
Build a Team of Friends and Neighbors in Your Community
Disaster preparedness kits aside, it’s not the government, the National Guard, or emergency responders who will ensure your safety in the event of a natural disaster. These entities most certainly play a major role and save many lives, but when you’re talking about the nitty-gritty of disaster survival, what you really need is a community of neighbors who band together, help one another, and utilize their individual strengths for the benefit of everyone’s survival.
“It’s Paul from next door who you let borrow your tool set last year who’s going to pull you out of your collapsed kitchen, not the anonymous emergency responder coming from fifty miles away,” explains Mark’s Daily Apple. “A government worker isn’t going to know how many people live in the house across the street, nor will he know whose room is whose; you will. The official response is important, but we can’t rely on it (or ourselves) for everything.”
Befriending your neighbors, and even discussing how you can work together should disaster strike, is one of the best ways to increase your odds of survival when the unfathomable happens. No one wants to think about the possibility of a natural disaster impacting their family, but even spending a few minutes to discuss what steps to take should a disaster strike can mean the difference between life and death. A little preparedness will go a long way in saving the lives of the ones you love.
Jennifer McGregor has wanted to be a doctor since she was little. Now, as a pre-med student, she’s well on her way to achieving that dream. She helped create with a friend as part of a class project. With it, she hopes to provide access to trustworthy health and medical resources. When Jennifer isn’t working on the site, you can usually find her hitting the books in the campus library or spending some downtime with her dog at the local park.
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Article by Dennis Fletcher


(VACATION HOME CHECKS BY S.T.A.R.S.) Sheriff's Team of Active Retired Seniors. While you are on vacation or away from home, the S.T.A.R.S. volunteers will check your home each day to make sure doors are locked and papers are picked up around your front door. This service is FREE to Lake Forest Residents. For more information call (949) 461-3530 or  



Staff Sgt. John Cisco Olivus, LFCA resident, is a Pearl Harbor Survivor.  He was born in Kansas on May 15, 1921. His family moved to Santa Barbara when he was a boy. He joined the Army before WWII began. He was stationed at Schofield Barracks on Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was bombed. He served in the 27th Infantry Regiment (Tropical Lightning, Company G) and as you can tell is a very proud solider. He served in five campaigns and was awarded the purple heart twice. He was at Guadalcanal, Luzon. He has been back to Hawaii twice, the 60th and 65th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. On the 60th he was able to arrange to return to his old barracks and take command of his old Company G. Photos below are of him and the young men who were getting ready to be shipped out. He was extremely proud of that day and meeting these men.