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Are You Prepared and Ready?

Everybody hopes that no disasters happen, but just in case, being prepared and having a plan of action in case disasters hits is not only smart, but may keep everybody you love safe and alive.

** Here are a list of information, list of do’s and don’t, and resources that can help you be prepared and ready for yourself, your family, your friends, your co-workers, and your community in case disasters hits: **

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** Be Prepared and Ready: **

(Please Note: More information is being added and updated so this page is a work in progress. Please keep checking back for more information.)

**** Earthquakes: ****

** Before An Earthquake: **

– Secured items that can break and could cause injury or death if hits you in a disaster such as in an earthquake or windstorm.

– Map out where are all the gas, water, and electrical boxes are located in case you have to shut those items off after a disaster hits and causes damage to your home or business.

– Map out where are your safe exit routes in your home or business in case of damage to the home or business

– Know where are your evacuation routes a head of any disaster in case you need to leave your home or business. If you are new to the area, go around the community and map our where are your first responders and medical facilities are located in case you need to head to them.

(Remember, during a disaster, first responders will be very busy responding to life threatening emergency related to the disaster. Only call 911 if there is a life threatening emergencies)

– Have your Emergency Preparedness Kit ready and near by for quick access and grab in case you have to leave.

– Make sure to have your shoes near you in case you need to put them on quickly and head anywhere after a disaster.

– Make sure to have a working solar powered and/or wind up flashlight near by you in case you need to use after a disaster.

** During An Earthquake: **

– If You’re Indoors (Home, Office, School, Church, Office Building, and So On), “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”: Drop to the floor, Take cover under a sturdy desk or table, And Hold on to it firmly.

– If you’re not near a desk or table, drop to the floor against the interior wall and protect your head and neck with your arms. Do not take cover in a doorway.

– If you’re in bed at home and there’s nothing that can fall on top of you or nothing that can hurt you, stay there and hold on. Protecting your head with a pillow. Because of possible broken glass on the floor, make sure to get your shoes on as quick as possible before heading anywhere after an earthquake.

– If you’re at a stadium or movie theater, stay at your seat and protect your head and neck with your arms. Don’t try to leave until the shaking is over.

– Avoid exterior walls, windows, hanging objects, mirrors, tall furniture, large appliances, and kitchen cabinets with heavy objects or glass. During an earthquake, things can fall off of walls, shelves, or topple over and if you’re in the way of those falling and topple items, you can get hurt.

– Never run outside during an earthquake as possible building debris may fall on top of you.

– If you’re outdoors, move to a clear area if you can safely do so. Protect your head and neck with your arms.

If you’re driving along a road, highway, or interstate, pull over to the side of the road, stop, and set the parking brake. Avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, signs and other hazards. Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking is over.

– Avoid utility wires, trees, signs, buildings, vehicles, and other hazards.

– If live utility wires falls on top of your vehicle, stay inside your vehicle until a trained personnel removes the live utility wires.

** After An Earthquake: **

– Make sure that it’s safe to move around and the shaking has stopped.

– Remember that there will be aftershocks so be ready to move to safety and stay away from things that may fall on top of you.

– Grab your Emergency Preparedness Kit.

– Take the stairs; don’t use the elevators.

– If you have sprinkler systems or fire alarms in your building, don’t be surprised if sprinkler systems or fire alarms get activated.

– Watching for anything that could fall and hurt you if an aftershocks happened well you’re moving around.

– If the power is out, feel your way around slowly.

– Shut off all gas, water, and electrical lines to prevent leaks and/or fires.

– If you are able to call on a telephone, use it only if it’s an emergency as many will be trying to reach emergency services for help.

(Again Remember: 911 Should Only Be Used For Life Threatening Emergencies. (Fires, Gas Leaks, A Person Bleeding to Death, and Such)

– In many cases after a disaster, some lines of communication via the internet still were able to work and people used social media such as Twitter, Google Plus, and Facebook to contact family and/or friends as well as to receive and send information outside the area of the disaster.

(Remember: If those communication lines are damage in some way, you will not be able to use social media to contact family and/or friends as well as to receive and send information outside the area of the disaster. If you can, use your devices wisely as there may not be power in your area or power can go out if there is later damage from a disaster such as an aftershock.)

– Use your solar powered and/or wind up portable radio so to get news and information about the disaster.

 

**** Tsunamis: ****

– If you’re along the shoreline or beach and an earthquake hits, “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” until the shaking stops.

– Estimate how long the shaking from the earthquake lasts.

– If severe shaking from the earthquake lasts 20 seconds or more, immediately evacuate to high ground as a tsunami might have been generated by the earthquake.

– Move inland 3 kilometers (2 miles) or to land that is at least 30 meters (100 feet) above sea level immediately.

– Don’t wait for officials to issue a warning.

– Walk quickly, rather than drive, to avoid traffic, debris and other hazards.

– Don’t push or shove other people when heading to high ground.

 

**** Thunderstorms and Severe Weather: ****

– If your heading outside or staying home and see possible storms coming, check your local news and weather outlet for information.

– If flooding is possible, go to the nearest hardware store or local fire station and get sandbags. Check your local fire stations if they have sand available in case you need to fill up your sandbags.

– Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms.

– Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches.

– Have your Emergency Preparedness Kit ready and near by for quick access and grab in case you have to leave.

– Make sure to have your shoes near you in case you need to put them on quickly and head anywhere after a disaster.

– Make sure to have a working solar powered and/or wind up flashlight near by you in case you need to use after a disaster.

** During A Thunderstorms and Severe Weather: **

– In case of heavy rain fall and flooding happens, never drive into a flooded road, highway, or interstate; “Turn Around, Don’t Drown’.

– Never play is a flash flood channel, wash, or creek during severe storms as fast moving water can swift you away and possibly injure you or kill you.

– If you see anybody in danger swift away in a flash flood or witness any life threatening emergency, please call 911 immediately and please make sure to be detailed as possible on where the location of the emergency is located as well as what city and state the emergency is located.

– If you find down utility poles or lines, alert authorities and your power company about the down utility poles or lines and stay away from the down utility poles or lines.

– If lightning is near and you’re swimming in the pool or in the Colorado River, get out of the water and get indoors a building or inside your vehicle.

 

**** Ligthning: ****

– If in case of lightning, remember, “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!.”

– If thunder is thundering and lightning in flashing close by or overhead well you’re outside, get out of the water and get inside your home or building immediately.

– Stay off of your corded phones when lightning is happening well you’re inside your home or a building. You can use cellular or cordless phones.

– Do not touch electrical equipment or cords when lightning is happening well you’re inside your home or a building.

– Avoid plumbing and do not wash your hands, take a shower, or wash dishes when lightning is happening well you’re inside your home or a building.

– Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches when lightning is happening well you’re inside your home or a building.

– Do not lay on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls when lightning is happening well you’re inside your home or a building.

– If you’re unable to get into a home or building, get into a fully-enclosed and all-metal vehicle. Some people may think that the rubber tires on a vehicle help to protect a driver and occupants from a lightning strike, but this is a myth. In actuality, lightning flows around the outside of a vehicle, and the majority of the current flows from the vehicle’s metal cage into the ground below. In essence, a vehicle acts like a mobile Faraday cage. However, not all vehicles are created equal. Convertibles don’t have metal roofs, which compromises the Faraday cage affect. In addition, some vehicles are manufactured out of non-metal parts, which impedes electricity’s ability to flow through the car.

– Well inside the vehicle, do not touch interior metallic areas on a vehicle. It’s important to fold your hands in your lap and avoid touching anything metal within the car. Do not touch the radio or talk on the cell phone, especially if it is connected to your vehicle. The lightning charge goes around the outside of the vehicle, creating a Faraday effect and protecting the occupants inside.

– If you’re driving and lightning is happening, pull to the side of the roadway, turn on your hazard lights, turn off the engine, and wait out the storm.

– Once the electrical current has passed through the vehicle and entered into the ground, it is technically safe to exit the vehicle. However, it’s best to wait until the thunderstorm has passed before getting out of your vehicle.

 

**** Flash Flooding: ****

– In case of flooding onto roads, highways, or interstates from usually dry creeks, washes, or channels, remember, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

– Never drive through flooded roads, highways, or interstates, especially those roads or highways that creeks, washes, or channels that pass right over those roads, highways, and interstates when there is heavy rain fall and flood up making those roads, highways, and interstates impassible.

– Just turn around and use other routes around flooded roads, highways, or interstates.

– Please stay away from flash flooded and rushing washes, creeks, and channels when they are flooded, especially children and people who cannot swim.

– If you see somebody in trouble into a flash flooded and rushing washes, creeks, or channels, please call 911 immediately. Try to throw a rope for them to grab hold onto if safely could and possible.

 

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**** Have An Emergency Preparedness Kit: ****

Have an Emergency Preparedness Kit inside something that is easy to grab and go; such as a backpacks, and make an Emergency Preparedness Kit for home, work, and for your vehicle.

Make sure your Emergency Preparedness Kit is easy to access in case you have to grab and leave.

** Items to have inside your Emergency Preparedness Kit are as follows: **

– Medications

– Examination gloves

(Non-Latex)

– First Aid handbook or manual

– Antibiotic ointment

– Soap or hand sanitizer

– Safety Eye goggles

– Instant cold packs

– Lubricant or petroleum jelly

– Thermometer

– Save-A-Tooth storage device containing salt solution and a travel case

– Sterile gauze pads

– Disposable gloves

– Triangular bandages

– Adhesive bandages in assorted sizes

– Antiseptic wipes and solution

– Scissors, needle and tweezers

– Safety pins

– Disposable instant cold packs

– A few plastic bags to dispose off contaminated material

– Cotton balls

– Roller bandage

– Medicine spoon and syringe

– Aspirin or paracetamol

– Non aspirin pain relievers

– Calamine lotion

– Drugs for allergic attacks

(Prescribed by your family doctor)

– Over the counter oral antihistamines like Benadryl

– Over the counter hydrocortisone cream

(1%)

– Anti-diarrhea medicines

– Aloe vera gel

– Medicines for common ailments such as cold, fever, sore throat, cough, indigestion, or constipation

– Absorbent compress dressings

– Water proof plasters

– Sterile eye pads

– Cling film to apply over burns

– Alcohol free wipes or sterile saline to clean wounds

– Vitamins

– Personal hygiene supplies such as toothpaste, toothbrush, body soap, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, hairbrush, tampons, toilet paper, lotion, and others

– Towels

– Solar powered and/or wind up flashlight

– Extra light bulbs

– Light and glow sticks

– Extra batteries; including reusable batteries

– Solar powered and/or wind up battery charger

– Solar powered and/or wind up portable radio

– Sunscreen

– A cell phone and its charger that can fit into the accessory plug in your car

– Waterproof Matches

– Waterproof Lighter

– Candles

– Fire starter

– Compass

– Knives; pocket and/or military knives

– Dust mask

– Spare eyeglasses or contact lenses and cleaning solution

– Whistle

(To alert rescuers to your location)

– Extra pairs of clothes; both in case of hot or cold weather, such as jackets, sweaters, jeans, underwear, socks, and perhaps

– Sturdy shoes; work booths and walking shoes. No flip flops will not work in case you have to walk over broken glass.

(Where you’re not wearing your daily shoes, take off your shoes and put them near your bed or wear you are sleeping in case you need to reach for them in a disaster)

– Handkerchief

– Blankets

– Sleeping bag

– Tent

– Trap (Can be use to make a shelter)

– Military rope

– Tools; tools that can cut things, break through things, and do not need power to use.

– A can opener

– Detailed road maps (If can, get a map of evacuation routes in case of a disaster such as flooding. In larger cities such as Los Angeles, California, Thomas Guide map books is a good suggestion to have in case computer maps go down).

– Bottled water

(One gallon of water per person per day, for at least 7 days, for drinking and sanitation)

– Keep a supply of water purification tablets in your emergency kit to rid any water source of potentially dangerous contaminant.

– Store at least a 7 days supply of non-perishable food, such as ready to eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener Protein or fruit bars,dry cereal or granola, peanut butter, dried fruit, nuts, crackers, canned juices, non-perishable pasteurized milk, high energy foods, and food for infants comfort/stress foods.

(Choose foods your family will eat. Remember any special dietary needs. Avoid foods that will make you thirsty. Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content.)

– Wrenches to turn off gas and water supplies

– Heavy duty plastic bags for waste, and to serve as tarps, rain ponchos, and other uses

– Charcoal or gas grill for outdoor cooking and matches if needed

– Cooking utensils, including a manual can opener

– Pet food and pet restraints

– Emergency cash (Automated Teller Machines or A.T.M.s may not be accessible during and after a disaster for a while; especially if the power will be out for days)

– Comfort items such as games, crayons, writing materials, teddy bears for the kids and for yourself

– Make copies of important documents in case they are damaged such as your medical cards, birth certificate, insurance papers, medical consent forms, driver’s license, work identification card, state identification card, passports, and etc.

– Have written down important medical information in case you forget such as list of prescriptions, doctor’s name and contact information, what foods or medications you’re allergic to, family member’s medical history sheets, and both list of contacts of family and friends; especially contacts that are out of the area of the disaster.

** All of these items may be a lot, but you can add to your Emergency Preparedness Kit little by little and as much as you can at a time and can afford. **

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**** Resource Information and Contacts: ****

** Earthquake and Tsunamis Preparedness and Information Resources: **

– Ready.Gov:

http://www.ready.gov/earthquakes

http://www.ready.gov/tsunamis

– ShakeOut:

http://www.shakeout.org/home.html

http://www.shakeout.org/dropcoverholdon/

– Great California ShakeOut:

http://www.shakeout.org/california/index.html

– San Bernardino County Fire Department:

http://www.sbcfire.org/oes/shakeout.aspx

– American Red Cross:

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/earthquake

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/tsunami

http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4440181_Food_and_Water-English.revised_7-09.pdf

– Earthquake Country:

http://earthquakecountry.info/downloads/ShakeOut_Recommended_Earthquake_Safety_Actions.pdf

 

** Storms and Weather Preparedness and Information Resources: **

– National Weather Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

http://www.weather.gov/safety

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/psr/general/safety/index.php

http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/indoors.htm

– Ready.Gov:

http://www.ready.gov/severe-weather

http://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning

http://www.ready.gov/floods

http://www.ready.gov/landslides-debris-flow

http://www.ready.gov/tornadoes

http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

– American Red Cross:

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/thunderstorm

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/hurricane

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/tornado

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/flood

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/power-outage

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/landslide

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm

– County of San Bernardino:

http://www.sbcounty.gov/main/elnino.asp

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** Fire and Wildfire Preparedness and Information Resources: **

– San Bernardino County Fire Department:

http://sbcfire.org/fire_marshal/safety.aspx

– Ready.Gov:

http://www.ready.gov/wildfires

– American Red Cross:

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/wildfire

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/home-fire

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** Terrorism Preparedness and Information Resources: **

– Ready.Gov:

http://www.ready.gov/terrorist-hazards

– American Red Cross:

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/terrorism

– United States Department of Homeland Security:

http://www.dhs.gov/preventing-terrorism

– Federal Emergency Management Agency:

http://m.fema.gov/terrorism

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** Emergency Preparedness Kit Information Resources: **

– American Red Cross:

http://www.redcross.org/prepare

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/get-kit

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/plan

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/informed

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/children

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/disabilities

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/seniors

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/pets

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/school

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/school/preparedness-education

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/workplace

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/workplace/train-employees

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/workplace/commuter-safety

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster-safety-library

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/map-weather-hazard-catalogs

– Ready.Gov:

http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

http://www.ready.gov/kit

http://www.ready.gov/maintaining-your-kit

http://www.ready.gov/food

http://www.ready.gov/water

http://www.ready.gov/managing-water

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**** Other Important Information Resources: ****

** San Bernardino County, California: **

– San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station: (Needles, California):

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/PatrolStations/Needles.aspx

http://www.cityofneedles.com/Pages/Departments-Services/Safety/Sheriff.html

– San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Station 31: (Needles, California):

http://www.cityofneedles.com/Pages/Departments-Services/Safety/Fire.html

– Baker Emergency Medical Services: (Needles, California):

http://www.ehealthscores.com/providers/izd-lxxwtxflpf/BAKER-EMERGENCY-MEDICAL-SERVICES.html

– Colorado River Medical Center: (Needles, California):

http://www.crmccares.com/

– San Bernardino County Fire Department:

http://www.sbcfire.org/default.aspx

http://sbcfire.org/phone_directory.aspx

http://sbcfire.org/fire_rescue/stations/default.htm

– San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department:

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/Home.aspx

– American Red Cross:

http://www.redcross.org/ca/san-bernardino

– California Highway Patrol:

https://www.chp.ca.gov/

– California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services:

http://www.caloes.ca.gov/home

 

** Mohave County, Arizona: **

– Bullhead City Police Department: (Bullhead City, Arizona):

http://www.bullheadcity.com/departments/police

– Bullhead City Fire Department: (Bullhead City, Arizona):

http://bullheadfire.org/

– Mohave Valley Fire Department: (Mohave Valley, Arizona):

http://mohavevalleyfire.org/

– Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department: (Fort Mohave, Arizona):

http://www.fmmfd.org/

– Valley View Medical Center: (Fort Mohave, Arizona):

http://www.valleyviewmedicalcenter.net/

– Lake Havasu City Police Department: (Lake Havasu City, Arizona):

http://lhcpd.com/

– Lake Havasu City Fire Department: (Lake Havasu City, Arizona):

http://www.lhcaz.gov/fire/fireDepartment.html

– Havasu Regional Medical Center: (Lake Havasu City, Arizona):

http://www.havasuregional.com/

– Kingman Police Department: (Kingman, Arizona):

http://www.cityofkingman.gov/Departments/PoliceDepartment.aspx

– Kingman Fire Department: (Kingman, Arizona):

http://www.cityofkingman.gov/Departments/FireDepartment.aspx

– Kingman Regional Medical Center: (Kingman, Arizona):

http://azkrmc.com/

– Mohave County Sheriff’s Office:

http://mohavecounty.us/ContentPage.aspx?id=131

– Arizona Department of Public Safety:

http://www.azdps.gov/

– American Red Cross:

http://www.redcross.org/local/az-nm-el-paso

– Arizona Division of Emergency Management:

http://www.dem.azdema.gov/

 

** Clark County, Nevada: **

– Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department:

http://www.lvmpd.com/

– Clark County Fire Department

http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/depts/fire/Pages/default.aspx

– Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center: (Las Vegas, Nevada):

http://sunrisehospital.com/

– Nevada Highway Patrol:

http://nhp.nv.gov/

– American Red Cross:

http://www.redcross.org/local/nv/las-vegas

– Nevada Division of Emergency Management:

http://dem.nv.gov/

 

 

** County Weather and Traffic Information Resources: **

– National Weather Service: (Weather Information and Local Area Weather Radar):

http://www.weather.gov/

http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=ESX&product=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=yes

– California Highway Patrol: (Traffic Incidents):

https://cad.chp.ca.gov/Traffic.aspx

– County of San Bernardino: (Traffic Map With Closure Locations):

http://www.sbcounty.gov/dpw/transportation/road_closures.asp

– California Department of Transportation (Caltrans): (Traffic Map):

http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist8/tmc/

– Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) AZ511: (Traffic Map):

http://az511.com/adot/files/traffic/

– Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) 511: (Traffic Map):

http://www.nvroads.com/

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**** Stay Safe and Always Be Prepared and Ready!! ****

 

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