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• Back-To-School Planning • Earthquake Preparedness • The Seatbelt Saved My Life! • Who Turned Out The Lights? • Garlic - The Survival Multivitamin


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FEATURED CONTENT Back-To-School Planning.......................6 The Seatbelt Saved My Life!..................8 Garlic - The Survival Multivitamin.......10 Who Turned Out The Lights?......................11 Earthquake Preparedness..........................13 Spotlight featuring Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association...................................................15 Spotlight featuring Magdalene Hope.......16 A Father’s Story............................................19 Directory..................................................21


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Publisher / Editor Stacy Morse Assistant Editor Joel Helms Graphic Designer Jenny Malott Sales / Marketing Stacy Morse Contributing Writers Joe Alton, M.D. (aka Dr. Bones) George Ripsom, MS, DABFE Survivor Jane Corinne Ruiz Stacy Morse Contributing Photographers George Ripsom Corinne Ruiz

PLEASE NOTE: The articles contained in this publication are for GENERAL REFERNCE ONLY. They are not intended to be used in place of contacting the appropriate medical or emergency services in the event of an emergency. These articles are to serve as an educational reference and should only be used after calling 9-1-1 and exhausting all efforts to obtain professional emergency care first. The community emergency resource directory (CERD) does not recommend or suggest that you use any information provided in the contained articles unless absolutely necessary, as a last resort between life and death. 4

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I started this magazine because I have seen my fair share of disasters, both through the news and personally. I’ve seen first hand the damage that emergencies and disasters cause to not only individuals but their effected family and friends. I began to notice that much of our society is not only unprepared for any sort of disaster but many are also unaware of the resources available to them locally, or the basic knowledge they should have in case of a disaster where professional help is unable to render aid. Our goal is to provide this publication to as many people in the community as possible, so we can all have the knowledge and resources needed to survive any type of situation. Our magazine is designed to make you think about the areas of disaster you are unprepared for so you can better plan. We also discuss many health and safety topics for everyday security and well-being. We will always provide our publication free of charge to the community so that we all have a better chance to prepare, survive and thrive. Stacy Morse Publisher / Editor

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By Stacy Morse

s summer comes to an end, many of us are working on getting our kids ready to go back to school. For most parents, getting ready for school consists of buying new clothes, backpacks, folders and desk supplies. But shouldn’t your planning also cover emergencies? Let’s face it, emergencies don’t always happen at home, or when it’s convenient. The power can go out, roads can flood, fires break out, earthquakes happen, fog closes roads, and so on. Just like you prepare your kids for everyday schoolwork and testing, you should prepare them all the same for an emergency or disaster while at school. Preparing your kids for an emergency at school can help to keep them calm and better react to make safer decisions in a crisis. Whether your kids are just starting kindergarten, or are seniors in high school, here are 10 things you can pack for them in a small bag or backpack to keep in the school office or their locker. 1. Family Photo - Photo’s of family can help provide relief from anxiety in a stressful situation. For a child, having a picture of their family, even pets, can help them focus on something familiar and comforting. 2. Family Emergency Plan - Your family’s emergency plan should consist of where family members will meet in the event of an evacuation. It should include routes from different locations (such as work, school, after school activities, the babysitters house, etc) with a common meeting 6

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place and steps to take once there. 3. Non-Perishable Snacks/Bottle of Water Non perishable snacks and a bottle of water are good to include in case the school were locked down or inaccessible due to road closures. Snacks can tide over hungry bellies to help lessen discomfort while waiting for help to arrive. 4. Emergency Blanket - The little foil blankets you see in first aid kits work great. They are small but retain a lot of warmth. These come in handy if your child is trapped at school due to a snow storm or other severe weather disaster. 5. First Aid Kit - A pocket sized first aid kit works just fine. Include bandages, antibiotic ointment, alcohol wipes, etc. Depending on how old your kids are, they might not be the one in need of this. Having an extra first aid kit around in any type of crisis is beneficial regardless of where you are or who you may be with. 6. Whistle - Make sure your kids know this is not a toy but should be used to help other people locate them. 7. Cash - A few dollar bills and quarters are good to include for using pay phones.

8. Coloring Book & Crayons - This is a great way to keep kids of any age occupied while waiting for help to arrive. It helps them focus their attention away from the crisis at hand. 9. Medications - Be sure to include any medication your child takes, whether daily or just occasionally. Include specific directions for how the

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The Seatbelt SAVED My Life! By Stacy Morse

hen I was a kid, my dad started his own business in the field of Accident Reconstruction. In other words…figuring out how car accidents happen. He was always a stickler for making sure we wore our seatbelts and drove safely. When I got older, I spent a lot of time helping out in his office. Many times I’d go along to see the wrecked cars, some of which were pretty gruesome. I’ve seen countless photos and reports about accidents that caused severe injury or death, which could have caused only minor injuries, if the passengers would have just been wearing their seatbelts. While defensive driving can definitely lessen our chances of being in a car collision, it doesn’t completely eliminate them. There are more drivers on the road every day and you’re sure to cross paths with the tired, distracted or even intoxicated drivers. Wearing your seatbelt is one of the easiest ways to keep yourself safe while on the road. For many people, wearing your seatbelt is a chore; but start doing it every time you get in the car and it will become a habit in no time, much like brushing your teeth! 8

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Take it from me. Back a few years ago, I was living in the mountains between Bakersfield and Tehachapi. The road home was a long, windy, narrow road climbing into the hills; with a steep slope downward on one side of the road and a rock mountain face on the other. One night in the winter, I got off work late after working nearly thirty-six hours straight. I was exhausted but wanted nothing more than to get home to see my son. I did what most of us do and cranked up the music, rolled down the windows to feel the icy cold winter air, and chugged an energy drink. The drive home from work was only an hour; I’d be just fine. Or so I thought! As I turned off the highway to head up the dark mountainous pass, I started to feel the exhaustion really set in. “But I’m halfway there, so why stop now?” I thought. As I continued up the pass, it began to snow. I kept looking at the clock on the dashboard…2:30am…only 30 more minutes until I’m home. I began to zone out from being so tired and watching the mesmerizing snow. I’d nod off but snap awake just before each turn, probably out of habit for knowing the road so well. I did this nod off


routine nearly the entire drive up the mountain. When I came over the last mountain and began to start down into the valley, I was relieved to know I was only 5 miles away from home. So relieved I turned a few more corners, blinked a long second, and before I could open my tired eyes, I could feel the tires hit unfamiliar turf…dirt! I opened my eyes to see a giant tree in the spotlight of my headlights. I threw my arms up over my head to protect it. SMASH! CRASH! CRUNCH! BANG! THWACK! I was thrown side-to-side, forward-and-back in my seat so much, I never even noticed the airbag deploy. When my car finally came to a stop, all I could see in the front windshield was dirt. My car had landed upside down, about 30 feet down the side of the mountain from the road. I pushed myself up into the seat and unbuckled my seatbelt (which had held me safely in place during the flip) and dropped to the ceiling. My emergency kit, including flashlight, had been lost in the rubble of contents that were thrown around the car. My cell phone was nowhere to be found. I was able to roll down a window and climb out of the overturned car to make my way back up to the road to find help. I walked away from the accident with only a minor concussion, a minor fracture in my arm, and some other very mild bumps and bruises from the seatbelt. But I walked away! If I wouldn’t have been wearing my seatbelt I could have been thrown through the windshield, and could have even been trapped under the car! But the seatbelt…it saved my life! Cars are built sturdy and endure numerous crash tests before being sold to the public. Most cars are completely safe and provide ample amounts of protection, if we sit in them like we are supposed to. Most injuries, even deaths, caused by car accidents are avoidable if you sit properly in your seat, adjust your headrest to the correct height, and most importantly…wear your seatbelt. I wouldn’t be here today, and I surely wouldn’t be

taking the time to tell you all of this, if I wouldn’t have followed these simple steps to vehicle safety. Now I don’t even start the car until everyone is safely buckled in. Whether it’s the law or not, wearing your seatbelt is for your own safety! The choice ultimately is yours, but I hope you can learn from my experience instead of having to learn the hard way. You might not be as lucky as someone who is wearing their seatbelt. And if you think being in a car accident yourself is traumatic, consider what your loved ones experience all the same. While they may not be physically injured, it doesn’t mean they aren’t affected. Since my dad is an expert on car accidents, as well as my father who was a loved one affected by my crash, I asked him to write his side of this same story from both perspectives, as a father and an expert. Here is what he had to say… Article continues on page 19…




The Survival Multi Vitamin By Survivor Jane

know, you hear the word garlic mentioned and you immediately take your index finger and thumb and pinch to your nose and eek out the sound …’peee-ewww’. Or cross your two index fingers in the sign of the cross (I guess to ward off evil vampires or something). But the truth of the matter is, that is before you get too caught up in the negative of garlic (i.e., the smell, your breath etc.), there are actually good things about this ... ummm ... often labeled ‘offending’ herb. First off, contrary to popular belief, garlic is very good for our health (therapeutically and nutritionally). And, not just for one reason, but

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for numerous reasons. It has been referred to as the ‘wonder drug’. For your information, garlic was used as far back as Egyptian time (1,500 BC); and for those of us who are historically challenged ...that is a very long, long, long time ago (history lesson over). Now I’ll admit, I used to just use garlic in spaghetti sauce along with my chopped onions and mushrooms, and for that dinner I just knew I would have the proverbial “garlic breath”. But since learning of all its benefits it has become, well…almost like a multi vitamin (I said ‘almost’). And get this, depending on how you use or prepare garlic makes the difference in its benefits. For instance, if you cut or crush garlic, an enzyme combines with an amino acid which in turn creates a new compound that has been shown to kill 23 types of bacteria (see where I’m going for survival?). If garlic is heated it can prevent arteries from clogging, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and may be helpful in preventing heart attacks and strokes. But wait there’s more! Garlic can also build up your immune system and has been shown to be an anti-carcinogenic. It also works against colds and cold sores (this last one alone should send you running to the nearest produce store) due to its antioxidants that help to protect the body against those nasty “free radicals”. This is all because of garlic’s sulphur content. Now for me, in a survival situation this is priceless. A fresh garlic clove can easily cure a yeast infection. Yepper … I said a yeast infection. If any of you have ever had one, listen up! When you first experience that “itchiness” insert a clove of fresh garlic (peel the white paper stuff off of it first) and insert it up into the…you know. Article continues on page 17…


OUT Who Turned The Lights?

By Stacy Morse

he various seasons of the year bring waves of issues with our electricity, such as brownouts to black-outs. During the summer, most of us crank up the A/C causing an overload and the power to fail. During autumn, as the rainy and windy season approaches, power can be interrupted for many reasons. Slicker roads cause people to lose control, sometimes downing power lines. Severe rain, wind and snow can also impact the power supply. Natural disasters like earthquakes, fires and floods can also cause our power to suddenly be forced off. Most of us can easily deal with the nuisance of having our power out for a few hours, but what if the power were to be off for longer than a few hours? Or even days? Some of us have the luxury of being able to escape to the homes of out-of-town friends or family. But with today’s economy in such a decline, many people can’t afford to flee very far on short notice. For most people, when the power fails, we have a standard routine of making sure all of our appliances are off and unplugged. Then we go about our business while we wait for Article Continues on Page 12…


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the electricity to magically come back on. But what if hours, or days, were to pass before power could be restored? What would you do to keep your perishable foods in the fridge and freezer good? How would you cook? What would you do for heat? Light? Entertainment? First things first…if your power is failing because of a disaster that may have caused damage to your gas lines, shut your gas off immediately. Then check with your neighbors to make sure they’ve done the same. Any gas or chemicals that may be leaking into the air can cause explosion danger from even the smallest spark. Just make sure you learn how to shut your gas off properly before there’s an emergency and keep the tools necessary to shut the gas off in an easily accessible location. Most of us have flashlights somewhere in our homes, but what about spare batteries and light bulbs? You should have enough flashlights


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in your home that at least every adult can have one of their own. Test them often to make sure they will actually work when you need them. Keep a supply of extra batteries set aside just for replenishing your flashlights, along with some extra light bulbs. Though candles are great for lighting large areas, be careful not to use them if gas or chemical leaks are a concern. If a gas leak or other chemical danger is not a concern, candles and hurricane lamps work great and they stay lit for hours! Just make sure to keep the flames away from pets, children and flammables. Keep a supply of non-perishable canned foods in your garage or pantry, along with bottled water and powdered milk. Your average refrigerator and freezer can keep cold for up to 4 hours without power, as long as you keep the door closed as much as possible. Any perishable foods that have been above 40 °F for more Article continues on page 20...




by Joe Alton, M.D. (aka Dr. Bones)

ecently, we talked with our friend James Smith, the Covert Prepper, about recent earthquakes near Lake Mead that weren’t reported in the media. Google “Lake Mead Earthquakes” for more info on this story. Of course, that raises the questions of why, but for our purposes today, let’s talk about how: How to protect yourself if significant tremors hit your area. Say what you will about FEMA, at least they have a “Are you prepared?” section to their website ( to give you guidance on various natural disasters. Here are some of FEMA’s recommendations for those worried about seismic disturbances… This is not a hurricane, so you probably won’t get much notice. Make sure each member of your family knows what to do no matter where they are when an earthquake occurs. Unless it happens in the dead of night, it’s unlikely you will all be in the house together. Planning ahead will give you the best chance of keeping you family together and make the best of a bad situation. In your home, you’ll need the following: food and water, a heat source to cook with, medical supplies, fire extinguishers, flashlights, a portable radio, extra batteries, blankets, clothes, shoes and money (don’t count on credit or debit cards being good if the power’s down), and an adjustable wrench to turn off gas or water. Figure out where you’ll meet when the tremors start. Find out the school system’s plan for earthquakes so you’ll know where to find your kids. This is the time to really get that bug-out bag put together. Some food, liquids, and a pair of sturdy, comfortable shoes are the very minimum. Especially important to know is where your gas, electric and water main shutoffs are. Make sure that everyone has an idea of how to turn them off if there is a leak or electrical short. Know where the nearest medical facility is, but also make sure you’ve taken the Red Cross

First Responder Course or a CERT Course; EMTs are going to have their hands full and may not get to you quickly. Look around your house for fixtures like chandeliers and bookcases that might not be stable enough to withstand an earthquake. Flat screen TVs, especially big ones, could easily topple. Especially be sure to check out kitchen and pantry shelves; it’s probably not a great idea to hang that big mirror over the headboard of your bed, either! What should you do when the tremors start? If you’re indoors, get under a table, desk, or something else solid or get into an inside hallway. You should stay clear of windows, Article continues on page 14…

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shelves, and kitchen areas. While the building is shaking, don’t try to run out; you could easily fall down stairs or get hit by falling debris. I always thought you should stand in the doorway because of the frame’s sturdiness, but it turns out that, in modern homes, doorways aren’t any more solid than any other part of the structure. Once the initial tremors are over, you can go outside. Once there, stay as far away from power lines, chimneys, and anything else that could fall over on top of you. Let’s say you’re in the car when the earthquake hits. Get out of traffic as quickly and safely as possible, other drivers are likely to be less levelheaded than you are. Whatever you do, don’t stop under bridges, trees, overpasses, power lines, or light posts. Don’t leave your vehicle while the tremors are active. One issue to be concerned about is gas leaks; make sure you don’t use your camp stoves,


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lighters, or even matches until you’re certain all is clear. Even a match could ignite a spark that could lead to an explosion. If you turned the gas off, you might consider letting the utility company turn it back on. Don’t count on telephone service after a natural disaster. Telephone companies only have enough lines to deal with 20% of total call volume at any one time. It’s likely all lines will be occupied. Interestingly, this doesn’t seem to include texts; you’ll have a better to chance to communicate with texts than verbally due to the wavelength used. After an earthquake or any natural disaster, those who are prepared will end up miles ahead of everyone else in terms of keeping their loved one out of harm’s way. Put a plan together, get your family on the same page, and your supplies stored up; If Nurse Amy and I can do it, so can you!


Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association By Corinne Ruiz

Olivia Corinne Hoff

y name is Corinne Ruiz and I am the President of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA), Bakersfield-Kern County Chapter. I started this chapter in memory of my 14 year old daughter, Olivia Corinne Hoff. Olivia died April 22, 2004 as a result of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, due to an undiagnosed heart condition known as Long QT Syndrome (LQTS). Following the tragic loss of my daughter, I started a grassroots campaign to raise awareness among schools and youth organizations about the importance of having Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). The mission of the SCAA Bakersfield Chapter is to save lives. We work to educate ourselves and others on the issues, obstacles, and benefits of Sudden Cardiac Arrest prevention, resuscitation, and treatment. We want to contribute meaningful service to our community. Having AEDs deployed at easily accessible locations can allow on-site trained individuals to deliver potentially life-saving defibrillation therapy quickly and effectively. On March 4, 2013, the Kern High School District board of trustees voted unanimously to place Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) on all its campuses. After four years, mission accomplished. We also provide Heart Screenings for students/athletes. Routine school physicals include your child’s weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, vision, hearing, scoliosis, diabetes and anemia. What about your child’s heart? The human heart is the most vital organ in the human body; yet a simple EKG is not considered

routine in your child’s physical. EKGs may detect many heart problems, arrhythmias and heart failure. The test’s results also can suggest other disorders that affect heart function. Heart Screenings do save lives. Here are some facts you may not have known. Almost 95% of all Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) victims die; 8 out of 1,000 births each year will have a heart defect; and 300,000 youths under age 21 have a congenital heart defect. Long QT syndrome is more common than Childhood Leukemia and it is estimated that 5,000 to 7,000 of our youth in the United States will die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest each year. Education of the public, parents, and children regarding the specific symptoms, or a positive family history of early SCA, help identify those at risk and prevent these tragedies. When a person experiences sudden cardiac arrest, every minute counts. For every minute that a victim goes without defibrillation, his/ her chance for survival decreases by 7-10%. On average, it takes 6 to 12 minutes before paramedics even arrive on the scene. Lives can be saved with early detection. Our chapter is working towards many goals, from education and training to implementation of defibrillators in public places, including schools. On January 1st, 2014, we will launch our work under a new name, Olivia’s Heart Project. For more information about Olivia’s Heart Project, our plans and goals, and ways you can get involved in our project, read the full article that will continue in the January ’14 Issue of CERD.



Doug Bennett Founder of Magdalene Hope By Stacy Morse

his July we chose to spotlight an organization that focuses their efforts towards helping women trapped in the sex industry. Many people don’t realize how many women and children are affected by this industry, but the reality is the victim count is rising at an alarming rate. Many of the women in the sex industry made the choice to be there, for one reason or another. But there are also a great many who have been forced into this industry by way of human trafficking. Magdalene Hope is a faith based not-for-profit organization that is working to aid and help change the lives of women of the night. Their mission is to extend the unconditional love of Christ to people who are working in the sex industry, setting the captives free from seemingly hopeless circumstances. Doug Bennett, the founder of both Magdalene Hope and People for the Abolishment of Trafficking Humans (PATH), tells us that Magdalene Hope was started by simply telling prostitutes that Jesus loves them. They are now in their fifth year of helping these struggling women turn their lives around. Magdalene Hope works with women in the Bakersfield city limits and some of the outlying county areas surrounding Bakersfield. They minister to women of the night who are in the industry whether by choice or through human trafficking. They treat these women not as sex objects but as human beings. Don’t forget that these women are someone’s daughters, and some of them are mothers. Some of the girls Magdalene 16

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Hope has helped have been as young as 13 and 14 years old. Over half of the women and girls they have helped have been forced into the industry through sex exploitation or by being coerced. Several of the different shelters within Kern County work with Magdalene Hope to provide a temporary safe haven for victims, allowing them to escape from the life. Over the last year, Magdalene Hope has come together with many other faith based organizations, as well as People for the Abolishment of Trafficking Humans (PATH), Bakersfield Police Department, Kern County Sheriff ’s Department, Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault and the FBI to form what is known as the Kern Coalition Against Human Trafficking in an effort to fight human trafficking and help these women find a way out and onto a better future. On Saturday, June 29th 2013, Magdalene Hope partnered with the Kern County Health Department for the opportunity to educate women in the industry on HIV. They were able to talk to and help 29 individuals! They also offered free HIV testing. Magdalene Hope has a current goal to open a “safe house” by the end of the year. The plan for the “safe house” is to be a venue where they can rescue women who want the opportunity to get out of the industry. If you yourself or someone you know feel trapped in the sex industry, there is a way out! Magdalene Hope is here, they are real people, and


they want to help give you a chance at a brighter future. You deserve it! To get help, you can contact Magdalene Hope directly by calling (661) 808-4673 or you can call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 3737-888. You can also help these women by showing your support and compassion through volunteering, or by making a donation. Donations help them further their efforts within the community, like the preparing of the previously mentioned safe house project. To volunteer within the organization, Magdalene Hope asks that you are of the Christian beliefs and are over the age of 18 years old. They provide quarterly training sessions for those that wish to volunteer. The next training class will begin on August 2nd, 2013. For more information on Magdalene Hope help, volunteering or to donate, visit them on the web at You can also make donations directly through their website. They are also on Twitter and Facebook so be sure to look them up and show your support.

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(I know you’re probably horrified at what I’m saying!) It’s best to do this at nighttime before you go to bed. In the morning just remove the garlic and flush it down the toilet. If the infection persists, just continue the nightly regime for a few nights until it is all gone. Ladies, keep in mind, we are talking about a situation where we won’t have access to medicines and medical care and it will be up to us to take care of ourselves. And, since this little gem has been studied by the FDA, I’d suggest you buy yourself a clump (bushel or whatever the heck they call a bunch of garlic) and start being creative with it. This one herb alone may be the key to surviving healthy.

If you yourself or someone you know feel trapped in the sex industry, there is a way out! Magdalene Hope is here, they are real people, and they want to help give you a chance at a brighter future. Contact Magdalene Hope directly (661) 808-4673

or call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 3737-888



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FATHER’S Story By George Ripsom, MS, DABFE

lived in a rural mountainous area of Kern County and was blessed to have my two daughters living with me. My youngest was in her early twenties and worked nights in Bakersfield. It seemed a very short time ago; I was watching her lead cheers at ball games at the high school. Now I was waiting for her to get home in the very early hours of the morning, and getting more worried as the time passed. Just as I was getting ready to begin a search mission for her, a dirty, old, ratty looking van pulled into the driveway. The driver looked nearly as unsavory as the van, and my heart stopped beating. I am a retired law enforcement officer and know only to well what this can mean. Suddenly my daughter climbed slowly from the van and stood unsteadily next to it, thanking the driver repeatedly for their assistance. She appeared as if she had been dragged behind the tractor for several rows of the field. The driver explained that he had been driving over the mountain road several miles away, and saw my daughter climb up over the side of the embankment onto the road. He stopped and put her in the van and brought her home. At that point I was also thanking him profusely. An investigation on my part revealed the following. My daughter was very tired from working several jobs, and also from violating her Circadian Rhythms. These dictate that the normal human sleep eight hours a day, and do it during the night time hours. After all, we are not meant to be nocturnal. As she was driving over the mountain road at a speed of about 35 miles per hour, she closed her eyes for a second or two. Not realizing that in that time, she traveled 103 feet with her eyes closed. The road curved to the left, but since

her eyes were closed, my daughter continued driving straight ahead. Her vehicle drifted off the right side of the road, and over the edge, down the side of the mountain. The Saturn she was driving held up well, but ended up straight up and down on its nose, against a tree, until it twisted and landed on its roof. The On-Star system is nothing more than a cell phone with the antenna on the roof. With the roof in the dirt, and in a no contact area, it is useless. Trying to find items in your car after a ride like this, when upside down, at night, is impossible. My daughter was suspended from her seatbelt, hanging upside down, trying to figure out where she was. She finally freed herself from the belt, then from the car by crawling out a window. Now she faced having to try to climb up to the road, at night, in the dark, with a broken arm, wearing dress clothing. She was raised to be tough, and was able to make it to the road, but now what? Luckily, at this late hour, a Good Samaritan happened to be passing by, and stopped to render aid. People do not realize how much distance they cover while driving at “slow” speeds. Multiply your speed in miles per hour by 1.467 and that is how many feet you travel in just one second. Looking at your radio takes as much as 3 seconds. Looking at your cell phone to dial a number is 4-5 seconds. Looking in the back seat at your children is 2 seconds and up. At 25 mph that is 37 feet per second, that is 2.5 car lengths. At just 10 mph, like in a parking lot, is 15 feet per second, which is two parking space widths. 55 mph is 92 feet per second. That means in three seconds, you have traveled an entire football field. Keep your mind in the game and your eyes on the road.


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than 2 hours should be thrown away, especially meats, eggs and boxed up leftovers. This is why you want to keep a supply of canned goods. Many companies nowadays make solar stoves that are great for cooking while camping, and also come in handy in this type of a situation. If you don’t have a solar stove, you can always use your barbeque. If power fails during the winter, or a cooler time of year, you can keep warm by checking to make sure all the windows and doors are closed and seal tightly around the edges. You can fill gaps under the doors with towels or rugs to prevent cool air from sneaking in. Sheets work great for covering windows and they help cut down on the air that seeps in through the edges and center. Try to keep the family all in one room. Bodies produce heat so keeping everyone together will help heat the room and maintain temperature. With so much of our lives revolving around


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technology, having the power out can make us go stir crazy if we don’t have something else to occupy our time. Board games, coloring books and card games make for great entertainment when there’s no television or video games available. Puzzles also make for great fun and can help relieve stress. Plus, it’ll keep the family together in one room for added heat and puzzles can take what feels like forever to complete. And once the powers back on you can glue it together and hang it on the wall as a great family creation! While power outages are mostly just a minor inconvenience, most of the time only lasting a few minutes to a few hours, you never know when something could happen to interrupt it for days, weeks or even longer. Whatever steps you decide to take before and during a power outage, the best thing you can do for yourself and your family is be prepared before a disaster. And always make sure to stay calm and stick together.


Adult Protective Services Hotline Kern County (800) 277-7866 (661) 868-1006

Alliance Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault 24-Hr (661) 327-1091 (800) 273-7713

Bakersfield Rescue Mission Emergency Men’s Shelter

Al-Anon / Alateen Kern County (661) 322-1102 (888) 425-2666

Alcoholics Anonymous Kern County (661) 322-4025

California Dept of Alcohol & Drug Programs Resource Center

(661) 325-0863

(800) 879-2772 (916) 327-3728

Child Abuse Hotline / CPS

Ebony Counseling Center

24-Hr (661) 631-6011 (760) 375-6049 Collect Calls Accepted

Child Guidance Clinic Bakersfield (661) 322-1021 Delano (661) 725-1042

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline

(661) 324-4756

National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233 TDD (800) 787-3224

National Human Trafficking Hotline (888) 3737-888

Victim Witness Center Kern County (661) 868-4535

Also offering CPR, PALS, ACLS Training

Kern Ambulance Service Liberty Ambulance Service

(661) 325-8510 Alcohol & Drug Recovery Program

L Street Center Bakersfield (661) 868-6100

Teen Challenge

(661) 327-4700

Administration (661) 322-8741 Paramedic (661) 327-4111 Special Events Standby’s (661) 322-8741

Jason’s Retreat

Elder Abuse Hotline

Kern Child Abuse Prevention Council / Haven Counseling Center

Hall Ambulance

Non-Emergency (661) 758-3200 (661) 868-1006 (800) 677-1116

Delano Ambulance Service Non-Emergency (661) 725-3374

Substance Abuse Counseling

National Drugs & Alcohol Treatment Referral

(800) 422-4453

For Emergencies Dial 9-1-1

(800) 454-8966 (661) 399-2273

The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (661) 325-8626

Quick Tip

Avoid hanging heavy or breakable objects on the wall above or next to your bed. If there was an earthquake, they could fall off the wall and knock you out leaving you unable to escape from further danger.

Non-Emergency (760) 375-6565

Mercy Air Non-Emergency (909) 357-9006

Arvin (661) 854-5583 Bakersfield (661) 326-3436 California City (760) 373-8606 Kern County (661) 321-3000 Ridgecrest (760) 499-5190 Shafter (661) 746-8500 Taft (661) 763-3101 Wasco (661) 758-7240



Power and Performance Air Conditioning & Heating (661) 631-1743

Healing Word International Ministries (661) 444-7814

Kern Special Services (661) 588-7360 Please see display ad on page 14

Please see display ad on page 20

Better Business Bureau Law Offices of David A. Torres Bakersfield (888) 532-1212 (661) 326-0857 1318 K St.

Bad Boys Bail Bonds (661) 259-9099 • (559) 375-7995 (805) 581-1115 • (760) 344-3444

California Child Care Resource & Referral Network (415) 882-0234

Bakersfield (877) 364-5844 • (661) 323-4222 5901 Truxtun Ave. 11515 Bolthouse Dr.

(661) 336-5236

(800) 952-5210 TDD (800) 326-2297

Community Connection for Child Care Bakersfield (661) 861-5200 (877) 861-5200

(800) 421-9585

Warm Line (661) 323-3531 (888) 955-9099

Please see display ad on page 10


National Safety Council U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (800) 638-2772

Vehicle Safety Hotline (800) 424-9393

See Food & Water Supplies

Bakersfield (661) 410-9355 8501 Brimhall Rd. Bldg #300


Please see display ad on back cover

(800) 376-4636 Spanish (888) 442-2237

Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy (HICAP)

California Dept of Social Services background checks

Advanced Wellness Center

(661) 510-5205 8650 West Ave. D-12 Lancaster, CA 93536

(661) 324-9628

(661) 868-1000 (800) 434-0222

The Glass Guru

BEMCO Backpacker Oven

Consumer Credit Counseling Service

(800) 822-8490

Emotional support for parents of preschoolers


(800) 952-5225

California Department of Consumer Affairs

Please see display ad on page 5

24-Hr (661) 330-0997

California Attorney General’s Office Public Inquiry Unit

Community Action Partnership of Kern

Trustline Houchin Community Blood Bank

(661) 322-2074

Counseling for Women’s Reproductive/Sexual Health

Cole’s Cleaning Services 24-Hrs (661) 204-0338

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Magdalene Hope (661) 808-4673 Please see display ad on page 17


No Current Listings Available Contact Us To List Your Business Here

Center For The Blind & Visually Impaired Kern County (661) 322-5234

Voter Registration for Hearing Impaired TDD Only (800) 833-8683

Delano Association for the Developmentally Disabled

Kern Special Services

(661) 721-3220

(661) 588-7360

(800) 424-8666

Family Caregiver Alliance

Please see display ad on page 14

Assistive Technology (AT) Network

American Council of the Blind

(800) 445-8106

(800) 390-2699 TTY (800) 900-8706

National information, education, research & advocacy program

Bakersfield ARC

H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection Family Resource Center

(661) 834-2272

B-Glad Deaf Services

(661) 328-9055 (800) 210-7633

Voice/TDD (661) 831-2884

Kern County Independent Living Center

Braille & Talking Book Library

(661) 325-1063

(800) 952-5666

Kern County Adult Protective Services

California Council of the Blind (800) 221-6359

(661) 868-1006 (800) 277-7866

California Relay Services for the Hearing Impaired

Kern Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled

7-1-1 CRS/MCI TTY to Voice (866) 735-2929 Voice to TTY (866) 735-2922 CRS/Sprint TTY to Voice (877) 735-2929 Voice to TTY (888) 877-5379

(661) 327-8531 (800) 479-9899

Speech-to-Speech (800) 854-7784

(661) 395-1361

California Telephone Access Program Voice English (800) 806-1191 TTY English (800) 806-4474 Voice Spanish (800) 949-5650 TTY Spanish (800) 896-7670

National Rehabilitation Information Center

American Red Cross (661) 324-6427 (866) 438-4636 California State Warning Center (800) 852-7550 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (800) 621-3362 TTY (800) 462-7585

Kern County Department of Human Services (661) 631-6000

Office of Emergency Services Kern County (661) 873-2602

Salvation Army

(800) 346-2742

(661) 325-8626

New Advances for People with Disabilities

Also see Training

Social Security & Medicare Information (800) 772-1213 TTY (800) 325-0778

Society for Disabled Children of Kern County (661) 322-5595

B4 Disaster Management & Consulting Services (661) 589-1333 Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, Bakersfield Chapter (Olivia’s Heart Project) (661) 331-9157



La Leche League Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) Bakersfield City Fire Department (800) 527-2742 Greater Tehachapi Valley (661) 821-5205 Kern River Valley (760) 379-2797 Ridgecrest (760) 384-8859 South East Bakersfield (661) 326-3950 Please see display ad on page 2

Kern Special Services (661) 588-7360 Please see display ad on page 14

Office of Emergency Services Kern County (661) 873-2602

Salvation Army (661) 325-8626

ReadyKern Program Dial 2-1-1 2601 Panorama Dr. Bldg B Bakersfield, CA

Kern County Schools Alert Line

Kern County Fire Department Non-Emergency (661) 324-6551 Administration (661) 391-7000 24

ACCESS (800) 376-4636 Spanish (888) 442-2237 Counseling for Women’s Reproductive/Sexual Health

Adult In-Home Services (661) 868-1003

Bakersfield Crisis Pregnancy Center 24-Hr (661) 326-1907

California Department of Social Services (800) 952-5253

California Office of Family Planning (800) 942-1054

Community Action Partnership of Kern (661) 327-3074 Multi-service agency providing health, food, children & youth services

Community Health Centers

(800) 525-3243 Planned Parenthood (661) 634-1000 Senior Outreach / Assessment (661) 868-1009

Social Security & Medicare (800) 772-1213 TTY (800) 325-0778

Warm Line (661) 323-3531 Parenting Information Hotline

Women, Infants & Children Nutrition Program (WIC) (888) 942-9675 Bakersfield (661) 862-5422 Benton Park (661) 837-8404 East Bakersfield (661) 322-3908 Lamont (661) 862-5422

Bakersfield (661) 324-1455 Clinica Sierra Vista (661) 322-3905 Frazier Mt (661) 248-5250 Kern River (760) 376-2276 Lamont (661) 845-3731

California Department of Social Services

Elder Care Locator

Community Action Partnership of Kern

(800) 677-1116

Family to Family Mentoring (661) 633-9133

Helpline Information & Referral Dial 2-1-1 (661) 336-5200 (800) 273-2275

Kern County Health Department Family Planning Clinic (661) 321-3000

Kern County’s Emergency Information & Planning Guide

(800) 952-5253

Catholic Charities (661) 281-2130

(661) 336-5236

HEAP Program Kern County Home Energy Assistance (661) 336-5203

Kern County Human Services (661) 631-6000

Social Security & Medicare Information (800) 772-1213 TTY (800) 325-0778 Bakersfield (661) 476-1489 Delano (661) 725-3721


East Niles Senior Center Kern Special Services (661) 588-7360 Please see display ad on page 14

For Emergencies Dial 9-1-1 Bakersfield City Fire Department Non-Emergency (661) 326-3911 24-Hr “No Burn Day” Hotline (800) 766-4463 Report Fire Related Dangers (661) 326-FIRE Fire Prevention (661) 326-3979

Bakersfield (661) 363-8910

Feeding America (800) 771-2303 Food Stamp Applications Food Stamps Helpline

(661) 510-5205 8650 West Ave. D-12 Lancaster, CA 93536

(800) 870-3663

Golden Empire Gleaners Bakersfield (661) 324-2767

Non-Emergency (760) 373-4841

Flood Damage

Cole’s Cleaning Services 24-Hrs (661) 204-0338 Bakersfield Rescue Mission (661) 325-0863 Catholic Charities (661) 281-2130

County Food Programs Bakersfield (661) 872-6507 Boron (760) 762-5501 Delano (661) 721-3336 Lamont (661) 845-0938 Wasco (661) 758-2755 Weldon (760) 379-5831

BEMCO® Backpacker Oven

Healing Word International Ministries

Non-Emergency (661) 324-6551 Administration (661) 391-7000 Arson Unit (661) 391-3480 Arson Hotline (877) FIRE-TIP (877-347-3847) Fire Prevention (661) 391-7080

(661) 319-3379 4800 District Blvd, Suite C Bakersfield 93313

(661) 631-6000 California City Fire Department Kern County Fire Department

American Emergency Food & Supplies

(661) 444-7814

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Thrive Life Milo & Jan Osmun Independent Consultants (805) 323-5392 (623) 523-3782 cell

Helpline Information & Referral

Please see display ad on page 13

Dial 2-1-1 (661) 336-5200 (800) 273-2275

Helpline Information & Referral Kern County Aging & Adult Services Department (661) 868-1000

Kern County Food Bank (661) 398-4520

Kern River Valley Senior Citizens, Inc.

Lake Isabella (760) 379-1428 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd Lake Isabella 93240 Women, Infants & Children Nutrition Program (WIC) (888) 942-9675 Bakersfield (661) 862-5422 Benton Park (661) 837-8404 East Bakersfield (661) 322-3908 Lamont (661) 862-5422

Dial 2-1-1 (661) 336-5200 (800) 273-2275 Kern County Food Bank (661) 398-4520

Bakersfield Funeral Home Bakersfield (661) 324-4446 3121 19th St. Bakersfield 93301

Holland & Lyons Mortuary Ridgecrest (760) 371-1376 216 S. Norma St. Ridgecrest 93555



Kern Medical Center

Lake Isabella Valley Mortuary Lake Isabella (760) 379-5829

Lane Family Funeral Home Delano (661) 725-1234 1303 Glenwood St. Delano 93215 Wood Family Funeral Service Tehachapi (661) 822-6897 321 West F St. Tehachapi 93561

Bakersfield (661) 326-2000 1700 Mount Vernon Ave Bakersfield, 93306

Bakersfield Homeless Center

Kern Valley Healthcare District

Bakersfield Rescue Mission Lifeline Center Mt. Mesa (760) 379-2681 6412 Laurel Avenue

Mercy Hospital

Bakersfield (661) 632-5000 2215 Truxtun Ave Bakersfield 93301

Mercy Southwest The Glass Guru 24-Hr (661) 330-0997

Bakersfield Heart Hospital Bakersfield (661) 316-6000 3001 Sillect Ave Bakersfield 93308 Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Bakersfield (661) 327-4647 420 34th St. Bakersfield 93301

(661) 325-0863 California Dept of Consumer Affairs Tenant/Landlord Issues (800) 952-5210 California Dept of Fair Employment & Housing Discrimination (800) 884-1684

California Franchise Tax Board Homeowners & Renters Assistance (800) 852-5711 TDD/TTY (800) 822-6268

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital

Fair Housing Information

Ridgecrest (760) 446-3551 1081 N. China Lake Blvd. Ridgecrest 93555

Bakersfield Area (661) 634-9245 County Areas (661) 862-5299

Habitat for Humanity

(661) 861-8449

San Joaquin Community Hospital

Kern County Human Services

Bakersfield (661) 395-3000 2615 Chester Ave. Bakersfield 93301

Delano Regional Medical Center

Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District

Delano (661) 725-4800 1401 Garces Highway Delano 93215 26

Bakersfield (661) 663-6000 400 Old River Rd. Bakersfield 93311

(661) 322-9199

Tehachapi (661) 823-3000 115 West E Street Tehachapi 93581

Kern County’s Emergency Information & Planning Guide

(661) 631-6000 U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Office of Fair Housing (800) 347-3739 Discrimination Hotline (800) 669-9777


Delano Police Department Non-Emergency (661) 721-3377 My Policy #: _______________ My Agent: ________________ My Agent’s #: ______________

California Correctional Institution (CCI)


(661) 391-7500 Central Receiving Facility (661) 868-6850 Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility (661) 391-7900 Lerdo Minimum Security Facility (661) 391-7800 Lerdo Max/Med Security Facility (661) 391-7856 Mojave Jail (661) 824-7147 Ridgecrest Jail (760) 384-5855

Claims (800) 255-7828

Farmers Insurance Group HelpPoint Claim Service (800) 435-7764 Geico

Claims (800) 861-8380

Liberty Mutual Insurance Claims (800) 225-2467 Nationwide Claims (800) 421-3535 Progressive

(661) 822-4402

Kern County Sheriff’s Office Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) (661) 721-6300

North Kern State Prison (NKSP) (661) 721-2345


Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP)

State Farm

(661) 758-8400

Claims (800) 782-8332

Kern County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch (661) 861-3110 Toll-Free Within Kern (800) 861-3110 TDD (661) 327-8068 Report Desk (661) 391-7577 Coroner’s Office (661) 868-0100 Crime Prevention (661) 391-7559 Crime Reports (661) 391-7623 Ridgecrest Police Department Non-Emergency (760) 499-5100

Shafter Police Department 24-Hr Non-Emergency (661) 746-8500

Taft Police Department Non-Emergency (661) 763-3101

Tumblers Locksmith Service 24-Hr (661) 203-3788 For Emergencies Dial 9-1-1

George Ripsom & Associates (800) 527-2742 Please see display ad on page 9

MHI Professional Services (661) 51-EDUC8

Accident Kits, Training Services, Driver Safety Please see display ad on page 18

Arvin Police Department Non-Emergency (661) 854-3128

Bakersfield Police Department Non-Emergency (661) 327-7111 California Highway Patrol

Non-Emergency (800) 835-5247

Going to be out late?

Leave the light on. Attackers can hide in the bushes and trees by your front door and in darkness they could catch you off guard, empty your pockets and easily gain access to your house without even technically “breaking in.”



California Department of Mental Health Ombudsman (800) 896-4042 TTY (800) 896-2512

Child Guidance Clinic (661) 322-1021

Exploited Children’s Organizations

(877) 263-2620

Clinica Sierra Vista (661) 322-3905 Frazier Mtn (661) 248-5250 Kern River (760) 376-2276 Lamont (661) 845-3731

24-Hr (800) 843-5200

Child Quest International

Ebony Counseling Center

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

24-Hr (888) 818-4673


(800) 843-5678 TDD (800) 826-7653

(866) 439-4253 After abortion counseling National Runaway Switchboard

Kern County Mental Health Dept

(800) 786-2929

(661) 868-8080 Crisis Stabilization (661) 868-8000 (800) 991-5272

Kern Linkage

Nationwide crisis/suicide hotline Short term phone counseling

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24-Hr (800) 273-8255 Spanish (888) 628-9454 Nine Line Crisis Counseling 24-Hr (800) 999-9999 Nationwide crisis/suicide hotline Short term phone counseling

Patient’s Rights Advocacy Program (661) 868-6640

Teen Line (800) 852-8336 Teens talk to teens about problems

24-Hr (800) 222-3463

California Youth Crisis Line

(661) 868-1840 Access to community services for the mentally ill

(661) 387-6000 3400 Calloway Drive #400 Bakersfield, CA 93312

California Missing Children

Community Health Centers

(661) 324-4756 Substance Abuse Counseling


AMECO - Association of Missing &

Bakersfield Family Medical Center - Northwest

Nine Line Crisis Counseling 24-Hr (800) 999-9999

Polly Klaas Foundation 24-Hr (800) 587-4357

Bakersfield Family Medical Center (661) 327-4411 4580 California Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93309

Half Price Plumbing Toll Free (877) 347-4737 Bakersfield (661) 376-0299 Lake Isabella (760) 379-4001 Ridgecrest (760) 428-2124

California Poison Control Systems (800) 222-1222 Magdalene Hope (661) 808-4673 Please see display ad on page 17

Power and Performance Air Conditioning & Heating (661) 631-1743 No Current Listings Available Contact Us To List Your Business Here

Bakersfield Family Medical Center - Northeast (661) 616-9700 5601 Auburn Street, Ste. A Bakersfield, CA 93306

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Caltrans Highway Information Services Dial 5-1-1 (800) 427-7623


Bakersfield Rescue Mission Lifeline Center Kern County Schools Alert Line

(661) 325-0863

Kern Security & Fire Systems

American Emergency Food & Supplies

(661) 588-4357

Tumblers Locksmith Service

(661) 319-3379 4800 District Blvd, Suite C Bakersfield 93313

24-Hr (661) 203-3788

B4 Disaster Management & Consulting Services Elder Abuse Hotline (661) 868-1006 (800) 677-1116

Elder Care Locator (800) 677-1116

Helpline Information & Referral Dial 2-1-1 (661) 336-5200 (800) 273-2275

Kern River Valley Senior Citizens, Inc. Lake Isabella (760) 379-1428 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd Lake Isabella 93240

(661) 589-1333 Mombies Bags (480) 299-1346 Please see display ad on page 7

Thrive Life Milo & Jan Osmun Independent Consultants (805) 323-5392 (623) 523-3782 cell Please see display ad on page 13

Bakersfield Homeless Center (661) 322-9199

(661) 325-7700

Also see Educational Programs

American Red Cross (661) 324-6427 (866) 438-4636 B4 Disaster Management & Consulting Services (661) 589-1333 Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)

Bakersfield City Fire Department (800) 527-2742 Greater Tehachapi Valley (661) 821-5205 Kern River Valley (760) 379-2797 Ridgecrest (760) 384-8859 South East Bakersfield (661) 326-3950 Please see display ad on page 2

Yellow Cab (661) 325-5555

Hall Ambulance (661) 322-8741

Senior Outreach / Assessment (661) 868-1009

Payless Towing

Offering CPR, PALS, ACLS Training

Hoffmann Hospice Hoffmann Hounds

Kern County Fire Department

Bakersfield (661) 410-1010 8501 Brimhall Rd. Bldg 100

Fire Training (661) 391-7110



Kern Regional Transit MHI Professional Services (661) 51-EDUC8

Bakersfield (661) 862-8850 (800) 560-1733 2700 M St. Ste 400

(661) 854-2127

Accident Kits, Training Services, Driver Safety Please see display ad on page 18

MHI Professional Services

(661) 326-3111

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, Bakersfield Chapter

(661) 51-EDUC8

California Water Services Co.

(Olivia’s Heart Project) (661) 331-9157 Accident Kits, Training Services, Driver Safety Please see display ad on page 18

Taft Area Transit / Dial-A-Ride Caltrans Highway Information Services Dial 5-1-1 (800) 427-7623 Golden Empire Transit (GET)

Bakersfield Schedule (661) 869-2438 Administration (661) 324-9874 1830 Golden State Ave. Greyhound

(800) 231-2222 Bakersfield Station (661) 327-2487 Accessibility Assistance (800) 752-4841 TDD/TTY (800) 345-3109 Espanol (800) 531-5332 1820 18th St. Hall Ambulance

Administration (661) 322-8741 Paramedic (661) 327-4111 Special Events Standby’s (661) 322-8741

Also offering CPR, PALS, ACLS Training 30

Arvin Community Water Services

Taft (661) 765-4136 333 Commerce Way

Tehachapi Dial-A-Ride (800) 323-2396

Bakersfield City Sewer Service

Bakersfield Customer Service (661) 837-7200 After Hours (661) 837-7260

California Water Services Co. Kern River Valley Customer Service (760) 379-5336 After Hours (760) 379-3838

Delano Water Department (661) 721-3315

Lamont Public Utilities (661) 845-1213

Accelerated Urgent Care Bakersfield (661) 829-6747 9710 Brimhall Road Bakersfield 93312

Bakersfield Family Medical Center (661) 327-4411 4580 California Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93309

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Urgent Care Ridgecrest (760) 499-3800 1111 N. China Lake Blvd. Ridgecrest 93555

Kern County’s Emergency Information & Planning Guide

Oildale Mutual Water (661) 399-5516 Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) 24-Hr Emergency / Customer Service (800) 743-5000 Electric Outage Information (800) 743-5002 Natural Gas System Information (888) 743-7431 TDD/TTY (800) 652-4712

Rosamond Community Services District (661) 256-3411


Shafter Water & Sewer (661) 746-5001

Shell Pipeline Company Emergency 24-hrs (800) 922-3459

Southern California Edison Customer Service (800) 655-4555 Report An Outage (800) 611-1911

Southern California Gas Company

ACCESS (800) 376-4636 Spanish (888) 442-2237 Counseling for Women’s Reproductive/Sexual Health

Bakersfield Crisis Pregnancy Center 24-Hr (661) 326-1907

Customer Service (800) 427-2200 TDD/TTY (800) 252-0259

Kern County Health Department Family Planning Clinic

(661) 321-3000

Tehachapi Water & Sewer

Magdalene Hope

(661) 822-9066

Underground Utility Locator Call Before You Dig! Dial 8-1-1 (800) 227-2600

Animal Emergency & Urgent Care Bakersfield (661) 322-6019

Twin Oaks Veterinary Service

(661) 808-4673 Please see display ad on page 17

Planned Parenthood (661) 634-1000 Women, Infants & Children Nutrition Program (WIC) (888) 942-9675 Bakersfield (661) 862-5422 Benton Park (661) 837-8404 East Bakersfield (661) 322-3908 Lamont (661) 862-5422

(661) 867-2554 24-Hour Services to Twin Oaks & Eastern Kern County

Cole’s Cleaning Services 24-Hrs (661) 204-0338 Kern Special Services (661) 588-7360

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Kern County’s Emergency Information & Planning Guide

CERD - July '13 Issue  
CERD - July '13 Issue  

Community Emergency Resource Directory - Kern County's Emergency Information & Planning Guide