ESCONDIDO–The public is invited to attend disaster preparedness fairs at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and Pomerado Hospital in Poway on Sept. 7 and 8 respectively.
Palomar Pomerado Health is hosting the free events for its employees and community members as part of National Preparedness Month. In addition to information and vendor booths there will be disaster response demonstrations – including use of a Safe-T-Proof’s Quake Cottage ™, a mobile earthquake simulator.
Disaster preparedness has been a hot topic lately due to recent earthquakes in parts of the nation and Hurricane Irene on the East Coast. The 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks is also approaching.
“As we look back at the last 10 years, we have all improved our efforts in dealing not only with disaster preparation but the potential for other terrorist attacks,” PPH President and CEO Michael Covert says.
Covert was president of Washington Hospital Center during 9/11 when the hospital treated burn victims from the Pentagon. Disaster preparedness has been an area of emphasis since his arrival at PPH in 2003. PPH rose to the challenges posed by the region’s wildfires that year.
“At PPH we’ve taken our disaster preparedness extremely seriously and we plan to continue to do so in our new facilities,” Covert says. PPH’s new Hospital of the Future opens next summer in Escondido.
PPH experts and representatives from local fire departments, the Red Cross, Humane Society and Community Emergency Response Team will be on hand to discuss steps to prepare for emergencies at home, the workplace and other places. There will be door prizes and giveaways.
For more information contact Amber Carmichael at (760) 739-3316, or visit http://www.pph.org/events