Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Flood Safety Program

City, county give to flood safety program
- Published 12:00 am PST Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The city and county of Sacramento will donate $75,000 to a program designed to help residents get help in case of a flood or other disaster, officials will announce today.

The Safely Out program provides kits that include a door hanger telling emergency officials whether the home has been evacuated or if help is needed. There's also a magnet on which to write the names of people who have agreed to provide help leaving.

City and county officials will present checks to the program at 6:30 p.m. today at Regency Park Elementary School, 5901 Bridgecross Drive, in Natomas. Kits will be given out at the event; a $10 donation is suggested.

The Safely Out program is a joint effort of the local Red Cross chapter and the nonprofit Citizen Voice. Anybody can get the kits but they are specifically targeted toward the needy, elderly or disabled.