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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
A quick earthquake preparedness checklist to include in your emergency preparedness plan. Print a copy of this list for quick access, and include this list with your emergency kits.
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation. Consider storing more water for extended periods of time if possible.
- Food - at least a three to nine day supply of non-perishable food and a portable stove.
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned foods)
- Local maps
- Cell phone and chargers
- Prescriptions medications and glasses
- Infant formula and diapers
- Pet food and water for your pet
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
- Cash or traveler's checks and change
- Emergency reference material, such as a first aid book
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person; consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate and rain gear.
- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper, When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Californians are aware of major earthquakes and the effect from temblors, but many have not taken necessary steps to make their homes safer and protect their personal finances, according to a just-released report
Residents are better about doing the obvious — such as collecting supplies and making backup documents — in the case of a major earthquake, but many have failed to increase the safety of their home or purchase earthquake insurance, according to the California Earthquake Preparedness Survey conducted by the University of California Los Angeles School of Public Health for the state Emergency Management Agency.
Read more: http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/stories/2010/03/08/daily8.html
Monday, March 8, 2010
LA County has issued a comprehensive FREE pdf guide
to emergency preparedness to help residents better prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters that affect the region. The goal is to provide tips that will assist residents become self-sufficient after a disaster. The guide has some specific LA County information, including a list of radio stations. But it includes tons of information that can be useful to people from any location. Information on CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams), emergency checklists for horses and large animals, info on disaster-related stress, and much more. Check it out!