Emergency Earthquake Preparedness Information


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KTIE 590 Talk Radio Inland Empire Spotlight segment:
Earthquake preparedness - Auto Emergency Kit

The ShakeOut San Andreas Earthquake Scenario:
Preparing for a Catastrophe

SoCal faultline
by Larry Collins-28 yr veteran & Captain of LACoFD

Earthquakes and Fires
In the 1906 San Francisco 7.8 earthquake, the city burns to the ground - 
what will happen to SoCal when the "Big One" hits?
Earthquakes and the Pacific Ring of Fire
About 90% of the world's earthquakes and 80% of the world's
largest earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire
Click on map below for the "Ring of Fire" updates

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Earthquakes and Solar Phenomena
We are experiencing a record solar minimum -  what could be in store
for our planet when the present solar cycle reaches its
solar maximum in 2012 or 2013?

US Warned of Threat Worse than Katrina, Plague, WWII
And it's not a matter of if, but when.

Will you be ready when the lights go out?
Jim Flether's ... A Nation Forsaken

$2 trillion Sunstorm coming, NASA warns

Recovery time period estimated at 10 years


Will you be ready when the lights go out?
Jim Flether's ... A Nation Forsaken

Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions
30 Incredible Photographs

Radiation Crisis in Japan: What It Means to You
Kids Health

One Plausible "BIG ONE"
* In the most heavily damaged areas, electricity will remain out for weeks or longer.
* Water will stop flowing in many taps for weeks or months.
* Broken sewer pipes will contaminate broken water pipes, and in some places,
tap water will be unsafe to drink for as long as a year.
* Transportation by road and rail will be disrupted by fault rupture and landslides, and may take months to repair.
* Some hospital buildings will be closed by structural damage; many others will be unusable because of non-structural damage such as broken water pipes and unsecured equipment.
 * Two thirds of the region's internet lines will be ruptured by the fault.

Headline:  7/09 Mysterious tremors detected on San Andreas Fault

Scientists have detected a spike in underground rumblings on a section of California's San Andreas Fault that produced a magnitude-7.8 earthquake in 1857.....Read full story @ Foxnews.com>>

Headline:    Large Quakes Weaken Fault Zones Worldwide;
San Andreas affected by 2004 Sumatran Quake

ScienceDaily (Sep. 30, 2009) — U.S. seismologists have found evidence that the massive 2004 earthquake that triggered killer tsunamis throughout the Indian Ocean weakened at least a portion of California's famed San Andreas Fault....more Science Daily

Headline:  Beached fish spells earthquake disaster for Japan

This was the headline in 2010 after the Haiti Earthquakes...
1 year prior to the Japan Disaster !

Japan is bracing itself after dozens of rare giant oarfish - traditionally the harbinger of a powerful earthquake - have been washed ashore or caught in fishermen's nets. The appearance of the fish follows Saturday's destructive 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile and the January 12 tremors in Haiti, which claimed an estimated 200,000 lives. A quake with a magnitude of 6.4 has also struck southern Taiwan. Read more...

Headline:   SoCal Experiencing Surge in Earthquake Activity

There have been 70 quakes greater than a magnitude 4.0 so far this year. That's the most of any year in the last decade -- and, it's only April. There were 30 in 2009 and 29 in 2008.  Read more...

Water Storage & Earthquake Kit Information:

Emergency Water Storage Information

WATER: Storing- Conserving-Preserving-Purifying-Filtering

*Do I Really Need to Worry?

*What Do I Put in an Earthquake Kit ?

A Word About Kits

ShakeOut facts

Shakeout Scenario: When the Big One hits

Supplies; A Checklist

Emergency Earthquake Links:

Governor's Office of Emergency Services link
Governor's Office of Emergency Services
Array of Earthquake Preparedness Tip Sheets

Southern California Earthquake Center...link

Southern California Earthquake Center...
 is a community of over 600 scientists, students, and others at over 60 institutions worldwide, headquartered at the University of Southern California. SCEC is funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Geological Survey to develop a comprehensive understanding of earthquakes in Southern California and elsewhere, and to communicate useful knowledge for reducing earthquake risk.

Dare to Prepare link

Dare to Prepare
Earthquake professionals, business and community leaders, emergency managers, and others have joined together to organize Dare to Prepare, an earthquake readiness campaign to raise earthquake awareness and encourage earthquake readiness in Southern California. The campaign is supported with funding from federal, state, and local partners. 

California Shake Out main page
California Shake Out main page
All about the results of the 2008 shake Out
and information on the 2009 Shake Out.

The USGS link
The USGS and the Southern California Shakeout.
Everything you ever wanted to know about earthquakes and
the effects it would have on Southern California.

national geographic link
Earthquake Information

Earthquake Safety for the Elderly & Disabled

LAFD emergency booklet link

A good Emergency Handbook by
the LA Fire Department can be downloaded here...
The Earthquake Preparedness Handbook (pdf)

Earthquake Safety by County

Los Angeles Chapter Red Cross - Earthquake Safety

LAFD Earthquake Safety

Orange County Chapter Red Cross

Inland Empire Chapter Red Cross

SBCFD Earthquake Safety

Other Emergency Information Links:

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Be Prepared California

Information on emergency preparations for yourself and family. Information about terrorists threats, bioterrorism, wildfires, Pandemic flu, and natural disasters and how to protect yourself.
Tips for children, seniors, and those with disabilities.

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Ready America

This is a an emergency preparation site from Fema. It contains information on emergency preparedness kits, and emergency preparation for military personnel, seniors, disabled, pet owners and more.

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Natural and Man-made emergency hazard information and domestic preparedness.

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Pandemic Flu.gov

What to do about the flu.
Update and information on US Government H1N1, Avian, and pandemic flu.

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Homeland Security

Broad coverage of emergency preparedness, response and recovery for families and businesses.
Also contains information on current terror alert levels, travel safety warnings at home and abroad, first responder and disaster relief.

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Center for Disease Control

For all your safety and health concerns. Includes information on Emergency preparedness and response, Diseases & conditions, Environmental health, Healthy living, Travel health, Injuries & safety, Workplace safety, and health for different life stages.

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American Red Cross
Emergency Preparation, kit building, and Disaster Response Information.

Drug Dangers is committed to providing information on a range of medications and medical devices that have serious complications.

Quick Emergency Earthquake Guidelines:

Preparing for an earthquake :
  • Choose an out-of-town family contact for all family members to call 
  • Eliminate hazards, including:
    • Bolting bookcases, china cabinets, and other tall furniture to wall studs.
    • Installing strong latches on cupboards.
    • Strapping the water heater to wall studs.
  • Take a first aid class from your local Red Cross chapter. Keep your earthquake training current.
  • Get training in how to use a fire extinguisher from your local fire department.
  • Inform baby sitters and care givers of your plan.

   Prepare an emergency disaster kit for home and autos :

  • Kits that include;
    • Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and plenty of extra batteries
    • At least three gallons of water per person, preferably more
    • Canned food and can opener
    • First aid kit
    • Essential medications
    • Tools and instructions to shut off utilities
    • Sturdy shoes and work gloves, blankets
    • Sanitation supplies
    • Fire extinguisher
  • Keep a pair of shoes and a flashlight by tour bedside


    During an earthquake if you are:

  • Indoors:
    • Take cover under a desk, table or bench; or against an inside wall or doorway.
    • Stay away windows, outside doors and walls and anything that could fall on you.
    • If you're sleeping, stay in bed and cover your head with a pillow. If your bed is under a heavy light fixture or you have a large mirror or painting over your headboard, move to the nearest safe place.
    • Stay inside until the shaking stops. Most injuries during an earthquake occur when people enter or exit a structure.
    • Be aware that the electricity may go out or sprinkler systems and alarms may go off.
    • Do not use elevators.

  • Outdoors:
    • Stay there and move away from buildings, streetlights, and overhead utility wires.

  • In a moving vehicle:
    • Keep earthquake survival kits in your car.
    • Stop quickly but safely and stay in the vehicle. Don't stop near or under buildings, trees, overpasses or overhead utility wires.
    • Proceed carefully once the shaking has stopped and keep an eye out for road damage and obstructions.

  • Trapped under debris:
    • Do not light a match for light.
    • Do not move about or kick up dust.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a handkerchief or clothing to keep dust out.
    • Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you. Use a whistle or shout for help. Use three taps or whistles followed by a pause until rescuers find you.

  What to do after the shaking stops:

  • Check yourself and others for injuries and protect yourself from further injuries, using shoes, gloves etc.
  • Be ready to give first aid for any injuries
  • Extinguish any small fires and try to eliminate any further hazards.
  • Shut off gas at meter if you smell gas - only a professional will be able to turn it back on.
  • Listen to an emergency radio for instructions
  • Prepare for aftershocks
  • Inspect for damage to home and get out if it seems unsafe
  • Use the telephone only for life threatening emergencies
More Tips: You should print out these preparation, safety and recovery tips in case you don't have access to a computer or power after an earthquake strikes.
  • Develop an earthquake safety action plan for your family identifying places that can provide the highest amount of protection during an earthquake as well as an escape route and off-premises meeting place.  
  • Become familiar with your community's disaster preparedness plan.    
  • Create a disaster plan for your pets so no family member will jeopardize his or her safety to protect animals.
  • Teach family members how to shut off water, gas and electricity to the house, or where possible, have an automatic gas shut-off device installed to reduce the risk of fire occurring after the earthquake.           
  • Purchase at least one multi-purpose dry chemical fire extinguisher.            
  • Install smoke detectors and change the batteries every six months.                  
  • Prepare an emergency supplies kit including a three-day supply of bottled water and non-perishable food, as well as a manual can opener, paper plates, cups, utensils, first-aid kit, flashlight and battery-operated radio with extra batteries.  
  • Retrofit your home's structure to better withstand the forces of an earthquake. This is a job for a professional architect, engineer or building contractor.  
  • Retrofit nonstructural areas of your home to protect your personal property.            
  • Attach cabinets and bookcases to the wall using brackets.  
  • Secure heavy objects (e.g. television, stereos, computers, armoires) with brackets or safety straps.   
  • Secure picture frames, bulletin boards and mirrors to walls using closed-eye screws anchored into wall studs.   
  • Secure ceiling lights to supports using safety cables.   
  • Apply safety film to windows and glass doors.  
  • Anchor large appliances (e.g. refrigerator, stove) to walls using safety cables or straps.   
  • Install flexible gas lines and automatic gas shutoff valves.  
  • Tack down glassware, heirlooms and figurines with putty.  
  • Install latches on kitchen cabinet doors to prevent items from falling.
  • Review your insurance policies to assure that you have adequate coverage.

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