Thursday, October 16, 2014

We Need To Make Some Improvements. How Did You Perform For The Great California Shake Out?

After the siren from the decommissioned nuclear power plant a few hundred yards away stopped just after 10:18 this morning, I took stock of how things were here at our 5 radio stations. I didn't tell my co-workers to prepare other than handing out flyers about the drill to the on air staff to share with the public so no one knew I would be assessing our readiness after the siren went off.

Of course our news guy was out of town on vacation as he usually is when disaster strikes. We still have 3 well seasoned DJ's though and myself to pass along any information providing we have
electricity.  Oh yeah, the generator. The generator was just tested a couple of weeks ago ( I test it about every 90 days) and we have just under 10 gallons of gas. That's enough to run some stuff for about 15 hours or so.

  Assuming the power would go out, I checked the earthquake kit, flashlights, check. Blanket, check. A candle in a can, check. CCrane Radio with wind up, solar rechargeable batteries, shortwave, weather and regular radio bands, check. Water? We have almost 18 gallons on hand and I have about 18 small bottles in the trunk of my car.
 
Our first aid kit is so so. We could use a few more items for that but at least we have band aids, tape, some gauze pads and a few sanitary wipes.

Food? No food. We did have Rita's today so there was some food but not in the kit. That was eaten over a year ago. We have some cereal on hand and a display of candy bars in the front office for a fund raiser. We need to improve the food situation.

I checked with the sales staff in the back building and one of them actually had a working flashlight in her purse. The other sales person on hand just had the one on her phone.

One of the changes we need to make is food. We need something that the DJ's won't eat when Rita's doesn't make it in. Instead of cereal bars or protein bars we need dehydrated food that needs to be cooked. That means we need a small one burner stove and some small propane cylinders. We have a kitchen with gas and a microwave but if the gas lines are broken and power is out we need a backup and you can't run a microwave off our small generator while it is also powering the radio stations.

Our first aid kit is so so. We could use a few more items for that but at least we have band aids, tape, some gauze pads and a few sanitary wipes.

Food and first aid kit are the two things that need to be addressed the most here. How did you do? Were you fully prepared?

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