Being prepared a lot of fun for those at Ready Santa Paula fair
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: September 13, 2013
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula Times
Being prepared can be a lot of fun, those who attended Friday’s Cruise Nite learned when they took advantage of the Ready Santa Paula event held on Main Street.
“Stayin’ Alive!” was the theme of the 7the Annual Ready Santa Paula Emergency Preparedness Fair, where visitors not only enjoyed the city’s famed Cruise Nite car show but also learned how to take care of themselves and others! The September 6 fair was just west of 8th Street on the city’s famed Main Street, where displays were set up amid some of the pre-1975 cars that have made Cruise Nite the car show of the Tri-Counties.
According to Santa Paula Fire Captain Steve Lazenby, the city’s Emergency Preparedness coordinator, the event “was a success! We had way more people in attendance than last year.”
Santa Paula Hospital staff and volunteers along with SPFD personnel taught more than 100 people Hands Only CPR (AKA Sidewalk CPR), and Santa Paula CERT showed more than 50 people how to use a fire extinguisher to put out small fires. Lazenby said, “Several people signed up for CERT training classes and at least a dozen people registered for Nextdoor.com,” made easy by the captain packing a laptop computer to help people connect right then and there.
The Santa Paula Police Department sent a K-9 Unit, SPARC had a booth where they offered information on the no-kill shelter as well as the importance of chipping pets, and Ventura County Public Health, American Red Cross and Ojai Search & Rescue had booths. Santa Paula Firefighters did crowd-pleasing vehicle extrication demonstrations, and the costumed “Sparky the SPFD Dalmatian worked the crowd up and down Main Street.”
Martha Reynolds-Brown, a member of CERT and Citizens Patrol, said she was pleased to see “young kids learning how to safely use a fire extinguisher,” a feat that although important also carries a message of always calling 911 first and not tackling more than can be safely handled. “Pastor Jenny Crosswhite,” a member of the Santa Paula Citizens Corps that sponsors the annual event, “learned how to use the extinguisher and she was all excited,” noted Reynolds-Brown, “as much as the kids!”
A good sign that people have become more interested in the well being of their neighborhoods as much as their own safety was the interest in Nextdoor.com, an online community recently launched in Santa Paula, which has been sectioned into about 11 neighborhoods. “Captain Lazenby set up a laptop and was signed people up” for the national program, one that Reynolds-Brown said Santa Paulans have already shown “excellent support of!”
For more information on Emergency Preparedness, Nextdoor.com, signing up for VC Alert and local programs, visit www.readysantapaula.com.