Emergency Survival Guide Minimize

The County of Santa Cruz HSA released this informative guide to surviving a major emergency (flood, drought, earthquake, wildfire, etc.).  For downloadable PDF or Word versions of this guide, visit their website at http://www.santacruzhealth.org/emergencyguide/, or click on the graphic below.

A/LSFD Public Education Minimize

The Aptos/La Selva Fire Department has an active Public Education program.  Activities include presentations in the schools, our Annual Open House at Station 1, informational booths at community events, publishing educational articles in local newspapers, and participating in the annual “Worlds Shortest Parade” on the 4th of July.  Topics range from how to protect your home from wildfire, avoiding SCI (Spinal Cord Injuries), demonstrations of firefighting equipment, and much more.

For information on specific Public Education programs such as CERT Training, Car Seat Safety Inspections, and a List of Current CPR Providers, just click on the highlighted sections, or you can use the scroll-down menu above.  For further information, you can call our administration office at 831-685-6690.

California Helmet Law Minimize

California Helmet Law

Persons under 18 years of age are required to wear an ASTM or CPSC approved, properly fitted and fastened helmet as an operator or passenger when bicycling, skateboarding, roller-blading, skating or using a scooter.

Wearing a helmet can reduce the chance of head injuries by 85%!

The helmet should fit snug and cover the top of the forehead.  Front and rear straps should meet in a "V" below the ear.  The chinstrap should be adjusted so that only two fingers can fit between the strap and chin.

Watsonville Helmet Fit Sites (by appointment only)
Healthy Start:
Starlight Elementary, Room 31
225 Hammer Drive
Watsonville, CA  95076
Contact: Monica Rocha, 728-6979 x5631
Rolling Hills Middle School
130 Herman Avenue
Watsonville, CA  95076
Contact: Maria Carmen Hernandez, 728-6341 x4811
Cesar Chavez Middle School
440 Arthur Road
Watsonville, CA  95076
Contact: Doris Downs, 761-6125
Watsonville High School
250 E. Beach Street, Room D7
Watsonville, CA  95076
Contact: Ruth Leon, 761-6131
Santa Cruz Head Start
225 Westridge Drive
Watsonville, CA  95076
Contacts: Maricela Fernandez, 724-3885 x109
                   Herendira Garcia, 724-3885 x113


County Program Contacts:
County of Santa Cruz
Health Services Agency
Contacts: Theresia Rogerson, 454-4312
                   Kithy Chavez, 454-4317


Bike Shack:
555 Main Street
Watsonville, CA  95076
Contacts:  Lizette Bedolla Cruz, 498-0569
                   Carlos Magana, 707-3785


Kids & Cars Special Report Minimize

Special Report - 2010 Worst Year for Heat-Related Infant Car Deaths

KidsAndCars.org has reported the heart-breaking news that 2010 has been the worst year ever for children dying in hot vehicles.  As of October 2010, there had already been forty-eight (48) deaths. 

KidsAndCars.org has led this issue from the very start.  They have produced excellent education materials to raise awareness that children should not be left in vehicles and Public Service Announcements (PSAs) that air on TV at least 50 times per day.  They've worked closely with media who have produced excellent TV segments, written superb magazine articles and informative news articles have been published with prevention tips.  They've worked in states to get laws passed that make it illegal to leave children alone in vehicles.  But all of that simply does not appear to be enough.

Why has 2010 been the worst year in recorded history for vehicular heat stroke deaths?  Is it because we are fatally distracted?  Is it the widespread mindset that "I would never forget my child in my vehicle?"  It’s very difficult to pinpoint just one reason.  But, “something” is happening when otherwise wonderful parent’s memory fail them at the worse possible time.  The vast majority of these tragedies do NOT occur as a result of bad parenting, but instead as a result of a brain malfunction.

KidsandCars.org is moving as quickly as possible toward requiring an engineering/re-design solution, AND calling upon all of you to get involved and help raise additional awareness about these dangers.  As they work to eliminate these unthinkable deaths, they continue to subscribe 100% to the Injury Prevention model. 

KidsAndCars.org now has new parent cards that are appropriate for hospitals to go home with parents in their new baby packets and should be used by anyone involved with children from the very beginning. (OBGYN’s, “Mommy and Me classes,” etc.)  Parents aren't being educated about the effects fatigue, lack of sleep, and stress can have on them as new parents.  The “Look Before You Lock” campaign helps parents to understand these dangers and provides safety tips to employ as soon as their baby is born.  Visit, www.KidsAndCars.org and go to the ‘education’ tab to find what you need.

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