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Get the Point, NOW!

Get the Point, NOW!
by Gary Woods

I like to know what’s going on around me. One of my favorite websites is If you go there you can sign up for free text/email notices about fires, police activity, medical emergencies and just stuff that’s going on in town. To go along with being prepared I’ve been CPR and 1st certified previously so if something happens I’m ready to help.

I was trying to figure out how to combine my CPR skills with the information generated by Nixle when along comes Pulse Point which has a free app for both the iPhone and Android Phones. PulsePoint gives you not only information about medical emergencies around you and throughout the county but if the person is close by and is in cardiac arrest you get an audible warning from your phone and can respond to that emergency.

Early response to a health emergency can make all the difference in the world. 57% of US adults say they’ve had CPR training yet only 11% say they’ve used CPR in an actual emergency.

There are lots of places you can get CPR certified. I did it a couple of times at the La Canada YMCA when I lived down there and then other times I re-certified at a couple of different hospitals. Certification is usually free or cheap and is definitely something you should have in your back pocket in case an emergency arises.

With the 90th anniversary of the Santa Barbara Earthquake and the 25th anniversary of the Painted Cave fire just passing it’s a good time to take stock and get your emergency skills in order.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors and he is a Broker/Associate at Sotheby’s International Realty.