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Gualala Arts Lecture Series presents:
Disaster Preparedness: How to Pack your Barrel

Ken Reynoldson

Monday, January 9, 7:30 pm
$5 donation

Ken Reynoldson Every time newscasters report another earthquake somewhere on the planet, here on the coast of Northern California, we all heave a sigh of thanks that we have been spared again. However, days later, when they are still reporting about the dire conditions in "areas not yet accessible," we know that when a big earthquake does occur on our fault line, those broadcasters will be saying the very same thing about us. Maybe, spurred on by this reality, you have gotten lists for a disaster packet off the web or from newspapers, but, do these lists include the items that we, who will be on our own much longer than others, will need?

To answer this, and your many other questions, will be our own local certified Train-The-Trainer instructor for the Community Emergency Response Team classes - Ken Reynoldson - with his talk titled, "Disaster Preparedness: How to pack your barrel."

Before moving to Gualala, Ken was a member of the Telegraph Ridge Volunteer Fire Department in Humboldt County, and received qualification as a Certified Firefighter from the State of California. He was an Emergency Medical Technician for several years, and during that time, was an instructor for First Responder medical training.

Ken has been an Ham Radio Operator for over 40 years. He is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission as an Extra Class licensee, the highest Amateur Radio license one can obtain. When the bridges collapse and phone lines are down and silent, Ken will be one of those who will be getting our information in and out of here. Ken is also a Volunteer Examiner, which means he is authorized to administer Amateur Radio Examinations, and he also teaches introductory classes for people wishing to obtain an Amateur Radio License. There is an active local Radio Club that cooperates with sponsors of parades and large events, as Ken is doing in the photo at the July 4th Patriot Days in Gualala. Maybe now is the time for you to fulfill that adolescent dream of having your own radio license? It could be the best thing you do for your family and neighbors.

In addition Ken, who is the retired postmaster of Gualala, has completed over 20 on-line classes in disaster preparation and response from FEMA. He is also a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and is available for instructing CERT procedures to any interested individuals. Persons who have taken his CERT classes have not had the benefit of Ken's expertise on assembling the disaster barrel, so they are encouraged to attend this lecture. A $5 donation will be accepted at the door. Ken Reynoldson comes well-prepared to help you be ready when the big quake, or any other disaster, comes home to you.

Don't be scared; be prepared.

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