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Hurricanes – Be Prepared

With the start of the Atlantic hurricane season beginning June 1, it is time to prepare and use emergency procedures and resources to stay safe.

According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, there is a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season. Forecasters predict there is a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which five to nine could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including two to four major hurricanes (Category 3, 4, or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).

Take these steps to prepare:

  1. Secure your home, including windows, roof, soffits, and other openings.
  2. Know your evacuation route.
  3. Don’t hesitate when it’s time to leave.

To be ready for any emergency, make a personal disaster plan that fits your needs and those of your family. Take a look at the Disaster Prepper’s book!

Consider how you will contact each other and where to meet if you can’t go home. Also think about creating a “go kit” that includes a battery-powered radio, medications, records you may need, food and water, and comfort items if you have to shelter or evacuate for a few hours or days.

Download the American Red Cross Hurricane App for iPhone and Android devices to monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm, prepare your family and home, and notify others you’re safe even if the power is out.

You can get free community training throughout the USA, look up CERT – Community Emergency Response.

Related Links: CERT Training Classes    Disasters Infographic  Disaster Prepper’s book

Storm tracking – Hurricanes

Download the American Red Cross Hurricane app for iPhone and Android devices to monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm, prepare your family and home, and notify others you’re safe even if the power is out.

Recommended Actions:

  • Review the Emergency guides particular to your area. There are some here Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Ready.gov site
  • Ensure that your contact numbers  are up to date for school & work and completed with emergency contacts.
  • More information on Disaster Planning here.
  • Program your phone with emergency numbers for your area.
  • Follow the advice of local emergency officials and (especially in hurricane-prone areas) monitor local conditions regularly.
  • Get free training from the CERT (Community Emergency Response Teaam) groups in your area.

Storm tracking

Check the National Hurricane Center and the American Red Cross websites for other storm-related news, and review resources such as the Red Cross Flood Safety Checklist (PDF).

Drop, Cover, Hold On – Earthquake Drill 10-16

Coming to a building near you, or perhaps the buidling YOU work in! 

On Thursday, October 16, at 10:16AM, millions of people worldwide will participate in the 2014 Great California ShakeOut where they will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”.  The intent of the ShakeOut is to give everyone a chance to practice earthquake response, how to immediately protect ourselves in the event of a major earthquake, and to become more prepared.

In our building in SF, we got this email:

Participating in this earthquake drill is voluntary, but we are hoping that this event and drill will encourage earthquake preparedness, awareness, and participation by our tenantsTenants who choose to participate, upon hearing the announcement, will then immediately “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” and should stay in this position for at least 60 seconds.  After several minutes, another announcement will be delivered stating that the earthquake drill is over.  Your office may even choose to take things one step further by exercising other aspects of your office’s emergency plan if you wish.

More than twenty years have passed since the devastating 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.  Major earthquakes can happen anywhere in California so the goal of this drill is to practice immediate response to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes.

For more information regarding the ShakeOut, please visit http://www.shakeout.org/california/

If you would like to learn MORE about Disaster Preparedness, checkthese links on Community Emergency Response Teams — CERT:

Disaster Planning for YOU!

Climate scientists are suggesting that extreme weather like severe hurricanes and droughts are now the new normal for the United States (Huffington Post). Nine out of 10 Americans expect a world disaster to occur in their lifetime, yet 56 percent say they aren’t prepared (National Geographic Channel).

 I find disaster statistics something to pay attention to – we can change this problem. This book is well laid out, with a spiral binding, easy to update, with guides and spaces to put all your important information in one place. Do this for your family. Disasters do happen – look at Oklahoma and Colorado and so much flooding and fires. Let’s take care of ourselves.

My Son is a Firefighter, My Daughter lives in FL. Even for me, living in California helps you understand what CAN happen, but we can survive if we are prepared. Sometimes its simple stuff, sometimes it is a Plan/practice. I feel strongly about preparedness. I have received CERT Community Emergency Response Training for San Mateo County. This is serious stuff, and it can save your life.  — the editor

The increase in earthquakes, terrible storms, and political unrest in recent years has forced everyone to reevaluate their preparedness and place urgency on being ready for future disasters. The Disaster Prepper’s Organizer: All the Grab-and-Go Survival Information You Need by Walter Jacob Mullin (F+W/Adams Media, October 2013) is the only organizer that safely secures critical personal information during disasters.

While having a bug-out bag and stocking up on the essentials is a great way to prepare, readers will also need an all-in-one place to store the information that will help them survive a crisis.
With The Disaster Prepper’s Organizer, you can ease your mind knowing that you’ve taken the necessary steps to prepare your family for any emergency that may come your way.

From financial accounts and insurance policies to their family’s blood types and medical history, The Disaster Prepper’s Organizer will give readers plenty of space to record the details that matter most in their day-to-day lives.

Disaster Preppers book

Complete with a pocket for important documents, and tips for living off the grid, this book will reassure them that they truly have all the information they need:

  • First aid
  • Evacuation Plans
  • Supply lists
  • Emergency contacts

Walter Jacob Mullin (West Linn, OR) lives in the Pacific Northwest with his family. He never leaves home without an LED flashlight. Which is a good idea, along with putting an old pair of tennis shoes in your car trunk!! Be Prepared. Just like the Boy Scouts of America!

P.S.  If you are interested in CERT and live in San Mateo County: contact San Mateo City CERT at sanmateocacert.samariteam.com

And if you are inspired to work on planning in your community, look at TEAM RUBICON.

GET READY, Take Classes on Disasters and More

This Tsunami is not the first nor will it be the last. Get prepared to help in YOUR COMMUNITY!

There are several resources:

  • Adult Education
  • CERT – Community Emergency Response, called PANDA in Palo Alto
  • Red Cross

Here are some classes:

***YOUR FIRST step should be to get CERT trained.

The American Red Cross is offering free CPR training in several Northern
California locations on Saturday, March 12, 2011. Register today and learn
lifesaving skills that will better prepare you and your family for
emergencies. CPR classes will be offered in English, Spanish and Cantonese
at various locations.

To register go to  <http://www.redcrosscprsaturday.org/>

These classes fill up so to ensure a spot register as soon as you can.

Wilderness First Aid

We are scheduling a Wilderness First Aid Class for San Mateo CERT Graduates.
The instructor has offered this class at a much lower price than what is
normally charged. It is a 16 hour class that is being offered for CERT
members in the City of San Mateo .  This class is incredibly relevant to
Disaster first aid and I encourage anyone interested in learning more about
either Disaster or Wilderness first aid to sign-up for it.  The cost of the
class will be $85.00, and will be scheduled for a weekend sometime in May or
June. To deliver this class we need to have a minimum of 8 people that will
attend. In this class, students will learn about Patient Assessment,
managing wounds and injuries in an outdoor or extended care environment, and
dealing with environmental hazards such as heat and cold emergencies which
may be faced during a disaster.  Students will have many hands-on
opportunities to practice what they have learned, so even if you feel
comfortable with First Aid skills, the practice you gain from attending will
be time well spent.  Students completing this course will be eligible for
the American Safety and Health Institute Wilderness First Aid Certification.

If you are interested in this class, please contact Herb Patten,
hpatten@pacbell.net and let him know you are interested.  If we get the
required minimum participants we will establish a firm schedule.

Thinking of New Orleans

My daughter just moved to New Orleans. As an avid fly-fisher, this is a great water filled world for her. It is also the 5th anniversary of Katrina, so watching the news coverage from a few years ago, makes me think of the Boy Scout motto: Be Prepared.

Hurricane readiness

Hurricanes can cause physical destruction and distress to those whose lives and homes lie in the storm’s path. People living near coastlines, in particular, can feel overwhelmed by worry and uncertainty when hearing news about large storms that may develop into hurricanes. Taking practical steps to prepare physically can also help manage some of those anxieties and fears.

Chris Terzich, is an expert in preparation, management and recovery from events such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, severe weather, power outages, and wildfires. He has this to say:

“The key to preparedness is awareness. Know the risk in your community and know where you will get information you trust during an emergency,” Terzich said. “Social and news media are very quick with information, but often lack accuracy or context. When you know and trust your source of information, don’t hesitate or delay when it’s time to take emergency action.”

Physical preparation

Write a personal disaster plan and review it regularly. Gather basic medical supplies, light sticks, flashlights, safety tools, and powered radios and additional standard supplies to have on hand. There are many companies that stock supplies and make easy to grab backpacks with basic disaster supplies.  CERT teams (Community Emergency Response) have lists of supplies and offer free training around the United States.

Stay up-to-date on storm information from local news and other reliable sources to help determine if you’re in danger. Try to anticipate where the storm is predicted to hit, where the storm surge is expected, and how far reaching the storm is. If possible, check updates and information on the National Hurricane Center and the Red Cross websites.

Make sure you have emergency phone numbers, links to resources in YOUR AREA, including neighbors and evacuation routes mapped out, as well as additional information on company emergency and security procedures.

Emotional help & Getting involved

Pay attention to the emotional side of approaching storms by both extending support to others and being willing to reach out for help yourself.

Helping others can soothe your own uncertainties. Assist loved ones, coworkers and neighbors by exchanging emergency contact information, helping to “flood-proof” their homes, or simply by listening and offering kind words of support during uncertain times. Be especially aware of how an impending storm can affect children and seniors.