|THE BIG ONE NEWS
Are You Prepared?
LIVING IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA— home of earthquakes,
fires and mudslides —means you always have to be
prepared. That is especially true in Riverside County, where
mountain residents live along the edge of the wilderness, and
some desert dwellers enjoy the peace and quiet of remote
locations far from the nearest emergency services.
One of the best ways to stay prepared is to assemble a home
disaster kit that will ensure your family has what it needs to
survive in the event of a major disaster. One component of
such a kit should be a “grab and go bag,” which puts
essentials at your fingertips if you have to flee your home. A
home disaster kit ensures that you will be self-sufficient for 7–
10 days in the event you are without running water,
refrigeration and telephone service. Once you assemble the
kit, keep it in a watertight container in an accessible location.
The kit should include:
water—one gallon per person per day
food—ready to eat or requiring little water
hand-cranked can opener and other cooking supplies
plates, utensils and other items needed for eating
First Aid kit
copies of important documents and phone numbers
warm clothes and rain gear for each person
unscented liquid household bleach and an eyedropper to purify
personal hygiene items, such as toilet paper, feminine
supplies, hand sanitizer and soap
plastic sheeting, duct tape and a utility knife for covering
tools, such as a crowbar, hammer and nails, staple gun,
adjustable wrench and bungee cords
blanket or sleeping bag
large, heavy-duty plastic bags and a plastic bucket for waste
any special-needs items for children, seniors and people with
water and other supplies for pets
The grab-and-go bag is an important component of the home
disaster kit. Preparing one bag for each family member, using
a backpack or other easily-carried container, will ease your
mind if evacuation is looming.
The bag should include:
emergency cash in small bills and quarters for phone calls
sturdy shoes, extra clothes and a warm hat
water and food
permanent marker, paper and tape
photos of family members and pets for identification purposes
list of emergency phone numbers
list of any food or drug allergies
copies of health insurance and identification cards
extra pair of prescription eyeglasses, hearing aids or other
prescription medications and first aid supplies
toothbrush and toothpaste
extra house and car keys
any special-needs items for children, seniors or people with
any items your pets would need
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|Planning For The Worst, Hoping For The Best
Emergencies by definition seldom make appointments or work their
way into our daily planners. A true disaster can happen anywhere, at
any time in the world. This can include fires (or wildfires), floods,
earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, power outages, or terrorist
threats, to name just a few.
Accumulatively, these types of emergencies have taken billions of
lives. But still, by and large, over 75% of Americans live as if an
emergency will not happen to them. Recent studies show that
between 50-75% of U.S. citizens have no disaster plan or disaster
supplies at the ready. This may seem strange, since emergency
supplies are relatively inexpensive and readily available.
What should you do first to prepare for an emergency?
If a disaster occurs in your community, local agencies and disaster-
relief groups will likely be on hand to help. However, emergency
personnel and local agencies will be severely taxed and stretched
thin and may not be available immediately. We know this from past
experiences with Katrina, Haiti, and the most recent tsunamis in
Japan and Indonesia. Local help may take several critical hours or
days to reach you.
This is where your personal (or family, office or church)
preparedness can decide your chances of survival in such situations.
Your personal emergency preparedness will be the key to you and
your family’s (or office or congregation’s) safety and survival.
The first step in preparing yourself for an emergency is to have
essential survival plans and supplies like a group communication
plan and emergency kits to provide the necessary resources to help
you and your family get through at least 72-hours on your own.
Basic survival supplies and preparation
1. Establish a group communication plan: Does your family or group
know what to do if you can't contact one another by phone? Where
would you gather in an emergency? Take a little time to make a plan
that is easy enough that the youngest and oldest in your group can
remember and follow.
2. Emergency supplies for 72-hours: Both FEMA and the Red Cross
have a recommended list of emergency supplies to have on hand.
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|Pet and Animal Plan
When developing your pet emergency plan it is important to consider
Animals will require a constant source of water and food, shade and
safe place shelter
If you need to move your pets to a safer place, think about where and
how you will relocate them
Animals are not allowed in relocation centres, except guide dogs
Remember to act safe and not risk human life
Prepare a pet emergency kit
Check with your local council regarding animal welfare plans during
Update your animals’ microchip details
Ensure vaccinations are all up to date
Ensure your pets’ council registrations are current
Ensure your pets have adequate identification
Have current photos of your domestic animals to assist in easily
identifying you as the legal owner
Include the following phone numbers in your emergency plan:
Local animal welfare agency for example the RSPCA
Help number for injured and trapped wildlife, ranger and animal rescue
Tips for relocating pets
Use a secure pet carrier, cage or leash to move pets to safety
Leave early to avoid unnecessary risks
Tips for having to leave pets at home
Secure pets inside before an emergency so they don’t take flight or run
If you need to leave your pets behind, leave them indoors if possible
If animals are left outside do not tie them up
Make sure boundary gates are kept closed to a void animals running
on to roads
Place animals in separate rooms with small or preferably no windows
Provide plenty of food and water in large heavy bowls, a slow dripping
tap can supply a constant source of water
Ensure pets have adequate identification
Take a photograph of your pet and identification papers when you
Pet Emergency Kit
As a pet owner the best thing you can do is to be prepared.
This allows you to make informed decisions to protect your pets during
emergencies or natural disasters.
Having a pet emergency kit prepares your pets for relocation at short
Like your household emergency kit, it is important to keep your kit in a
handy place and make sure everyone knows where it is.
Pet emergency kit checklist:
Registration or licence papers
Pet medications, medical and vaccination records, and veterinarian
Sufficient food and water for each animal for up to two weeks period,
bring a canopener for tinned food
Plastic bowls for food and water
A familiar pet blanket or bedding, toys and grooming equipment
A secure pet carriercover, cage, leash and or harness to transport and
keep animals safe
If you are a bird owner place special food and water dispensers in bird
cages and have a cover for the cage
Consider your animal’s sanitation requirements and include rubbish
bags, kitty litter and dog litter disposal bags
Include recent photos of your pet for identification
Include gloves, disinfectant and paper towels for your own hygiene
An earthquake is the shaking of the surface of the Earth, resulting
from the sudden release of energy in the Earth's lithosphere that
creates seismic waves. Earthquakes can range in size from those
that are so weak that they cannot be felt to those violent enough to
toss people around and destroy whole cities. The seismicity, or
seismic activity, of an area is the frequency, type and size of
earthquakes experienced over a period of time. The word tremor is
also used for non-earthquake seismic rumbling.