ABOUT PREPARE NORCALThe San Francisco Bay Area is a region that is highly vulnerable to natural hazards like earthquakes, wildfires, and severe weather. California residents in the Napa area got a rude awakening early this morning when an earthquake of roughly magnitude 6.0 shook the valley. Welcome to the Scientific American Blog Network, a forum for a diverse and independent set of voices to share news and opinions and discuss issues related to science. An earthquake is a very destructive natural disaster; particularly in the Pacific Rim region.
After an earthquake, your home may be a mess and you might be left without a water supply and energy. If your house has a chimney, this can be a source of injury if it topples during an earthquake.
If at all possible, avoid living near fault lines and large mountains in an earthquake-prone region. When looking online for items to help you quake proof your home, a good search term is "earthquake safety products". However sure you are of the construction of your house, it is but necessary to draft an evacuation plan well in advance than be sorry later. In case there are no open grounds in close vicinity, one should make sure that they recognize a safe shelter where they remain uninjured in the occasion of an earthquake. Any special qualification, degree or skills is not necessary for this, just keyboard typing and a good working and reliable internet connection …. ABC7 has gathered resources and tips to make it easier for you to access preparedness information all in one place.
There are several things you can do to prepare for an earthquake before it happens, to minimize the damage and potential for injury in and around your home. There are a number of specific hazards in your home that you can deal with before an earthquake occurs. Conventional picture hooks will not hold pictures during an earthquake but they are easy to fix - simply push the hook closed, or use a filler material to fill the gap between the hook and its backing.
There are resources in your community to educate you and your family on how to deal with first aid emergencies. Since there is no precise time of day when an earthquake might strike, you may be at work, at school, on a bus, or in a train when one strikes. Be sure to include wrenches for gas lines, a heavy duty hammer, work gloves, and a crowbar. If there aren't civic groups present in your area focused on earthquake preparedness, work on putting one together. Ask your neighbors to lend a hand, other family members, or dial a handyman company that is good at fixing things for a reasonable price. Though not advisable if the earthquake is of high intensity, you must recognize a table or a top that keeps you safe from injuries caused by flying objects if an earthquake happens.
It is better to be informed about the situation and deal with it wisely than to be taken by shock and thereby face panic attacks which may reflect on how you handle the moment.

It is highly likely that you will need to know several ways to get home since roads and bridges will likely be obstructed for long periods of time. Earthquakes tend to cause great damages to staircases, so if you live on a higher floor, make sure there is more than one case of stairs which you can take in case you have to flee in emergency.
Make sure however that the desk is strong and the top won’t crash on your head in low intensity earthquakes.
You must be well aware of the earthquake drill and also make sure that you do a head count of the family before rushing outside in the occasion of an earthquake. What you must pack in your emergency bag is a first aid kit , enough water to survive your family and you for a couple of day, a thin fleece blanket or shawls, some snacks and protein bar to last you a day, a few daily essentials you might need, an emergency phone with a spare battery and a pair of clothes and diapers in case you have a small baby. For example: There is a vase on the desk, when a rock hits it, the glass would shatter everywhere which may cause injuries.
Also all heavy items should not be placed too high or the injury and damage caused can be manifold in event of an earthquake. Make sure there is either a one main to avoid all gas and water leakages or a method that makes it easier for you to flee without risking your house. There's plenty of damage to buildings, and a lot of wine cellars will be lighter, considering how many bottles fell and broke in the shaking, and there will be a lot of repair work to be done.
In case you do not have any open area in close vicinity and would drive to the nearest park, keep the bag in the trunk of your car to avoid all circumstances of forgetting to carry it along.
Also, check for alternative routes which do not have too many highrise building which might be a huge risk you might take on the way. There's no way to predict them, and even in an area as earthquake-prone and heavily monitored as California, there are at best a few seconds' warning before the shaking starts.
Here is how you must remain prepared for any natural calamity and earthquake in particular. SAFE WATER SOURCES IN THE HOMEIf you do not have enough water stored, there are sources in your home that may provide safe, clean water for drinking purposes: the water drained from the water heater faucet (if the water heater has not been damaged), water dipped from the tank of the toilet (not the bowl - the water in the bowl can be used for pets) or melted ice cubes.
If you are in a mountainous area or near unstable slopes or cliffs, be alert for falling rocks and other debris. Call to report life-threatening emergencies, but otherwise, try to keep the lines clear for those who need them most.
The overall probability of a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake striking the Greater Bay Area in the next 30 years is 63 percent.
Unfortunately, most residents are not prepared to protect their families, homes and finances. 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! Watch for damaged infrastructure that could hurt you: downed power lines, broken gas lines, etc.
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.
Write your plan on an emergency contact card and store in your phone along with important numbers for emergency resources in your area.

Use the tips in this guide to start making your plan!BE INFORMEDDiscuss how to prepare and safely respond to the emergencies most likely to happen where you live, work and play.
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.
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. 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.
I should have that up for you a bit later today.Stay safe, my friends in seismically-exciting locations! 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.
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.
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. 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.
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. Find out about the threats and hazards in your area.California Earthquake AuthorityGet peace of mind. It is unlikely that emergency response services will be able to immediately respond to everyone's needs after a major disaster, so it is important to be prepared to take care of yourself and your family. For chemical spills, airborne illnesses or biological hazards, be prepared to Shelter-in-Place if needed. Alternatively, the American Red Cross and other companies sell pre-made supply kits of various sizes to make preparedness simple. First check yourself for injuries then assist others based on your level of first aid training. Do not use a gas stove for heating or operate generators indoors (including the garage.) Both could cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Prepare a list of family members, friends, boarding facilities, veterinarians and pet-friendly hotels to shelter your pets in an emergency. You can also learn what to do in response to a specific disaster.AlertSFAlertSF is a text-based notification system for San Francisco's residents and visitors.

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