Volunteers still sought for SP Citizens Corps Door Hanger handout

April 14, 2010
Santa Paula News

Saturday is the day residents of Santa Paula will be urged to “Hang it up!”, the motto for new, easy to use door hangers meant to alert public safety as well as neighbors in times of emergency.

And volunteers are still being sought for the April 17 distribution effort, according to Santa Paula Fire Captain Steve Lazenby, the city’s Emergency Preparedness coordinator.

Use of the free door hanger, sponsored by Santa Paula Citizens Corps, is just one way of taking a proactive approach to emergency preparedness. When a major emergency such as fire, flood or earthquake occurs, public safety will be swamped, and citizens can expect to be on their own for up to 24 hours or even longer. The door hangers will help emergency responders and neighbors identify households where there is a need for immediate attention, such as an injury or a person trapped.

The door hangers are red on side and green on the other with simple bilingual instructions of how they work, and households are urged to keep them in an area of easy access. If the green side of the bilingual door hanger is displayed it means the household is OK; if not, the red side signals help is needed. The door hangers also encourage the neighborhood to keep an eye on each other by checking on a household displaying the red “Help” side.

Lazenby said he is getting a good response from volunteers - especially from students - but more are needed to “make sure we get a door hanger to every single household and business in the city.” Those taking part in the distribution will meet Saturday at the Gazebo (corner of North Mill and Santa Barbara streets) at 10 a.m. Volunteers - who will work with distribution coordinators - will be assigned to areas where they will go door-to-door distributing the hangers and a bilingual program information sheet.

Those interested in volunteering can visit the Ready Santa Paula! website, www.readysantapaula.com and click on Get Involved or Events Calendar sections for contact information at the bottom of each page. Or visit the Ready Santa Paula Facebook page and leave a message. Those interested in volunteering can also call Lazenby at 933-4297.

Door hangers will also be available at all city buildings, including the Santa Paula Police Station, Santa Paula Fire Stations #1 and #2, City Hall and the Community Development Department, as well as at Blanchard Community Library.


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