ABOUT PREPARE NORCALThe San Francisco Bay Area is a region that is highly vulnerable to natural hazards like earthquakes, wildfires, and severe weather. ABC7 has gathered resources and tips to make it easier for you to access preparedness information all in one place. The California Emergency Management Agency breaks down kits into: essentials, sanitation, safety and comfort, cooking and tools and supplies.
Make sure know how the notification systems in your area work.EARTHQUAKE INSURANCEMost residential insurance policies do not cover earthquake damage - a separate earthquake policy is required. Five reasons to buy:If your home suffers catastrophic earthquake damage, the CEA can provide you with the strength to rebuild.
With nearly $10 billion in claim-paying power, supported by the service expertise of its participating insurance companies, the CEA could cover all of its claims if the 1906 San Francisco, 1989 Loma Prieta, or 1994 Northridge earthquake reoccurred today.Excellent financial ratings. If your CEA policy claim exceeds your deductible, you don't actually have to pay the deductible before claim-payment eligibility is triggered.Read more about CEA earthquake insurance policies and premiums and to see a list of insurance companies that sell CEA earthquake insurance. A few months ago, I wrote about getting a Disaster Preparedness bag or Evacuation Kit together and have finally finished the project. For more information regarding local public health emergency preparedness, please contact Pete Baril, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, at (906) 482-7382 x 155. I am going to show this to my family and hope that we can create a great emergency kit to keep at home in case of any emergency. You may also want to update your emergency kit seasonally, the emergency supplies you need in your car may be different in the winter compared to the summer. Having an emergency kit in your home or car will not be of use during an emergency if your kit is out of date or missing adequate supplies.
Very helpful advice, having previously lived in Japan and now living in California (I must really like earthquakes) I know that having a preparedness kit is essential when disasters hit. Probably also appealing to a subset of the population that had never before thought of making an emergency kit. Below are a few items you should include in your kit, for a full list visit the CDC Emergency page. I think that many people overlook emergency kits for their homes and how important they can be.

Your kit should be easily accessible and have enough supplies for you, your family and pets to survive for at least three days. The overall probability of a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake striking the Greater Bay Area in the next 30 years is 63 percent. Without earthquake insurance to help cover the costs of repairs and other expenses that come with catastrophic damage, you will pay out-of-pocket to fix your home, to replace your personal property, and to live and eat elsewhere.
CEA rates are based on the best available science for assessing earthquake risk and do not include any amount for profit.Not tied to government budgets.
PRACTICE HOW TO DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON During an earthquake, know how to drop to the ground, take cover under sturdy furniture, and hold on to that furniture until after the shaking stops. I like the idea of having an emergency kit in the car, I have always heard of having them in the house but never thought to put one in my car but I am going to do this now. MRC are community-based units and function as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year.Homeland Security promotes emergency preparedness all year round via the Ready America campaign.
Talk to older adults in your life about their emergency preparedness plans, and ask them how you can help.
My family has a small emergency kit in case of a disaster, however I never thought of adding our dogs food also (thanks for the tip!) and will definitely be adding after reading this blog. Include food and water for your furry friends in your emergency kit, and identify pet friendly evacuation shelters in your area.
I do have a question though: Do you think some sort of weapon should be apart of my emergency kit. Preparing now will help you survive and recover and get back to normal after the next damaging earthquake.CEA's new alliance with the American Red Cross can help you take simple steps to be ready when the time comes-- We're in this together, Northern California, so get prepared! California's budget issues have no impact on the CEA's ability to pay its claims, because the CEA is a privately financed entity and receives no money through the state budget.Without earthquake insurance, the cost of any damage is your cost. Learn about Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, annual opportunities to practice what to do during an earthquake.SECURE YOUR HOME'S STRUCTURE AND CONTENTSMake sure your home is securely anchored to its foundation. One important point that is left out of many survival kit discussions is medicine expiration. I know for me that making an emergency kit is a big one for me since my home does not have one and also getting to know my neighbors a little more would be helpful if there was actually an emergency and I might need their help.

CDC continually updates information on recent outbreaks and incidents, and lists emergency resources for the general public as well as for clinicians and public health professionals.Get an Emergency KitIf disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water, or electricity for some time. Start building your kit with this detailed list of supplies and make sure you have the Red Cross Earthquake Safety Checklist.MAKE A PLANIdentify out-of-area emergency contacts. Find out about the threats and hazards in your area.California Earthquake AuthorityGet peace of mind.
This has been a hot topic of conversation today, so I thought I’d share this disaster preparedness checklist with you (again). You might interested in a group called Zombie Squad that is centered around exactly this idea -using the coming zombie apocalypse to get people interested in general emergency preparedness. If you have small children you may need to include diapers or baby formula in your emergency kit, or if someone in your family has specific medical needs you may need to include medication or other medical equipment. Alternatively, the American Red Cross and other companies sell pre-made supply kits of various sizes to make preparedness simple. Gather water, food, flashlights, batteries, and a first aid kit into a container or bag and store it in an easy-to-access area of your house or car. If we all just start with the new preparedness resolutions, we would be all better off because we may never get a warning of when the next big natural disaster might hit. Great blog, especially to give people an idea of where to start and what to have for your emergency kits.
When revamping our own emergency kit, I realized that I had forgotten to do it the previous year. While researching the latest diet trend and signing up for the newest exercise class or in between swearing off your guilty pleasures, vowing to set your alarm earlier, and promising to be better at staying in touch, do yourself a favor and add these five simple preparedness resolutions to your list.
Going through my emergency kit will be much easier, now that I know what to look for and put in it.

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