Preparing for disaster in Simi Valley — Replenishing supplies

City’s Office of Emergency Services Partners with the Ventura County Chapter of the American Red Cross

This past weekend, the City’s Office of Emergency Services – Volunteer Disaster Service Workers, met with representatives from the local Ventura County Chapter of the American Red Cross to inventory and replenish one of the largest disaster and emergency shelter supply caches in the county.

Periodically, these supply caches must be checked and updated in order to ensure that they are ready, at a moments notice, to set-up an evacuation center or temporary shelter during a disaster or emergency. “Time and the elements” such as heat, cold, moisture, dust, and critters, can deteriorate the quality of the supplies. It’s very important to routinely conduct these types of checks…no different than what people should do annually with their emergency supply kits at home or at the office.

Volunteers donned gloves and spent Saturday morning unloading a 20-foot cargo container, organized the items by type, disposed of damaged or unusable items, inventoried and counted each box, carton, and bag and then reloaded the cargo container.

This is just one of the many ways that the City’s Office of Emergency Services Volunteers and the Red Cross helps our community maintain readiness. Well done and thank you to everyone that helped!

Photo Credit: Simi Valley Police Department

Photo Credit: Simi Valley Police Department

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