Beyond the Headlines

Show topic: Haiti Preparedness
February 7, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
ABC7's Emmy award-winning public affairs show, "Beyond the Headlines," provides in-depth coverage of the topics and issues facing the people of the Bay Area. Throughout the year, "Beyond the Headlines" airs half-hour specials on issues, ranging from Bay Area housing to same-sex marriage.

February 7, 2010
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings

This week's episode of "Beyond the Headlines" looks at some stories of survival coming out of the devastating Haiti earthquake. We'll also learn about different steps "you" can take, not "if," but "when" a similar earthquake strikes here in the Bay Area.

Let's get started. A Marin County mother was reunited with her family earlier this month. They survived the earthquake in Haiti together. But then Myriam Kaplan-Pasternak said goodbye to her husband and daughters and stayed behind.

The Pasternaks returned to the Bay Area with photos and videos of their experience. One particular sermon by Father Tristan has been inspiring for the locals, and the Pasternaks believe it may help Haitians living in the U.S. More photos and videos are viewable on the Pasternak's website, as well as upcoming fundraisers to provide relief to the survivors of the earthquake.

The danger of a similar-sized earthquake striking the Bay Area is very high. The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter has some tips on how to prepare for a disaster.

  • Make a Plan: Have an out-of area emergency contact for the entire family. Designate 2 meeting locations.
  • Build a Kit: Make sure you have enough food and water for a minimum of 72 hours (3 days). A disaster kit could also include basic first aid supplies, lifesaving medication, flashlight, radio, sturdy shoes, warm clothing, and cash in small denominations.
  • Get Involved: Learn to "duck, cover, and hold on." Take basic first aid training and CPR. We offer an expanded free, hour-long course.

    In the event of a disaster, the number to dial is 2-1-1 to learn about evacuation routes, road closures, shelter, medical assistance, and where to get clean water and food. Dialing 2-1-1 helps you find community resources every day, as well as in times of crisis. Dialing 2-1-1 for all non-life-threatening situations frees up 9-1-1 operators to handle more life-and-death situations.

    Studio Guests:
    Myriam Kaplan-Pasternak
    Haiti Earthquake Survivor & Volunteer

    Mark Pasternak
    Haiti Earthquake Survivor & Volunteer

    Emily White
    Disaster Preparedness and Youth Services, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter

    Helen Rosen
    VP of Operations, United Way of the Bay Area's "2-1-1 Call Center"

    Additional Resources
    Dial 2-1-1 for local social service resources