Catalina Island News

Emergency Kits For Sale

Catalina Island Medical Center

In a "worst case scenario" such as a natural disaster or large scale emergency (earthquake, flood, fire, biological attack) Catalina with its geographical location could be cut off from the mainland for days. Emergency services from overtown may be unable to assist Catalina residents because of concentrating resources in their own population centers. Catalina and its residents could very well be “on their own.”

Through Catalina Island Medical Center's Disaster Preparathon last November over 100 households were provided with their own home kit of emergency supplies.

Now CIMC is offering a new chance for islanders to purchase these premium preparedness kits at a great discount. The backpacks available for sale have a 3-day supply of emergency provisions for a family of four. They are valued at over $100 and CIMC is offering them for only $40.

These "go bags" contain 16 lbs of items in a backpack easy to grab in case of evacuation. Contents include: emergency food rations, emergency water, a First Aid Kit, LED Flashlight, 12-hour glowsticks, Ponchos for severe weather,  24-hour Body Warmer blankets, a temporary shelter tent, an emergency whistle with compass, a 4 in 1 Dynamo Radio Flashlight, medical grade face masks for dust and more---Everything you need for 72 hour emergency survival is in this one complete, portable backpack.

FEMA, the Red Cross, and the State of California recommend you have these supplies on hand for personal needs, shelter, warmth and much more.  This survival kit has a 5 year shelf life and is packaged in a durable backpack that is easy to carry and store.  It is ideal for smaller living spaces.

A batch of Disaster Kits were sold at the April 28 Community Health Fair and now there are only 15 left. The purchase of these additional emergency bags was made possible by the generous support of CIMC’s community partners:  Southern California Edison who provided a $5000 grant. The CIMC Foundation donated $1500, the Catalina Island Women's Forum gave $1000, as did the Lions Club and Rotary.

Supplies won’t last, so those interested should leave a message with Judy Hibbs (310) 510-1264  or pick up their emergency kit at the hospital reception area soon.  Get a backpack and be safer and more prepared for an emergency or disaster.

Catalina Island Medical Center is committed to provide quality health care to each individual and improve the overall health of our community.  For more information about medical services or disaster preparedness please call (310) 510-0700.