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Here in The Cove, we have three emergency/disaster scenarios to prepare for:
2. Earthquakes and
Some of the “Preparedness” tips hold true regardless of the situation, so let’s look at them first!
Whether the situation requires “Sheltering in Place” or “Evacuation,” it is a good idea to have your Survival Kits (Go Bags) ready at all times and stored in a safe location, preferably near your front door. In urban areas, citizens are advised to be prepared to survive on their own for three days to one week. In remote areas like Shelter Cove, it is advisable to be prepared to survive for one to two weeks, depending on the situation.
What, you might ask, should I put in my Survival Kit? Here is a list based on information provided by the California Office of Emergency Services – remember City Folks need a three-day supply where we might be on our own for one to two weeks or longer! (www.ready.gov is also a great source of preparedness information)
Where, in Shelter Cove, would you go in the event of an evacuation order or natural disaster? We have four Red Cross Certified Shelters:
1. Fire Station -- This Shelter is well above the Tsunami Zone.
2. The Community Clubhouse/Runway -- This Shelter is in the Tsunami Zone but is a Fire Evacuation option.
3. Shelter Cove Chapel By the Sea (83 Lower Pacific Dr.) -- In the Tsunami Zone and serves as an alternate to the Community Clubhouse.
4. The Tea Room (1176 Lower Pacific Dr.) -- In Tsunami Zone and serves as second alternate to the Community Clubhouse.
Emergency Supplies Checklist
Can You Go It Alone for Three Days, Let Alone a Week or More in Our Remote Area? The first hours after a major emergency or disaster are critical. Electricity, gas, water, and telephones may not be working. In addition, public safety services such as police and fire departments will be busy handling serious crises. You should be prepared to be self-sufficient — able to live without running water, electricity and/or gas, and telephones — for at least a week or longer following a major emergency. To do so, keep on hand in a central location the following:
q Water — 1 gallon per person per day (a week’s supply of water is preferable)
q Water purification kit
q First aid kit, freshly stocked
q First aid book
q Can opener (non-electric)
q Blankets or sleeping bags
q Portable radio, flashlight and spare batteries
q Essential medications
q Extra pair of eyeglasses
q Extra pair of house and car keys
q Fire extinguisher — A-B-C type
q Food, water and restraint (leash or carrier) for pets
q Cash and change
q Baby supplies: formula, bottle, pacifier, soap and baby powder, clothing, blankets, baby wipes, disposable diapers, canned food and juices.
q Large plastic trash bags for waste; tarps and rain ponchos
q Large trash cans
q Bar soap and liquid detergent
q Toothpaste and toothbrushes
q Feminine hygiene supplies
q Toilet paper
q Household bleach
Safety and Comfort:
q Sturdy shoes
q Heavy gloves for clearing debris
q Candles and matches
q Light sticks
q Change of clothing
q Knife or razor blades
q Garden hose for siphoning and firefighting
q Communication kit: paper, pens, stamps
q Plastic knives, forks, spoons
q Paper plates and cups
q Paper towels
q Heavy-duty aluminum foil
q Camping stove for outdoor cooking (caution: before using fire to cook, make sure there are no gas leaks; never use charcoal indoors)
Tools and Supplies:
q Axe, shovel, broom
q Adjustable wrench for turning off gas
q Tool kit including a screwdriver, pliers and a hammer
q Coil of ˝ “ rope
q Plastic tape, staple gun and sheeting for window replacement
q Regional map
Useful Web Links -- Additional emergency preparedness information can be found at the following websites:
q The U.S. Department of Homeland Security: www.ready.gov
q American Red Cross: www.redcross.org/services/disaster/beprepared/
q Federal Emergency Management Agency www.fema.gov/pte/cfp.htm
Consider the following things when putting together your emergency food supplies:
· 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
Following a disaster, there may be power outages that could last for several days, and perhaps a week or more. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation.
Additionally, in an evacuation, you will want to have clothing items, cash, copies of important documents etc. ready to go. (Scan documents and save them to a Flash Drive to make them easy to transport) Favorite toys or games for the kids will be a big help as well. Don’t forget your pets! They should have their own Survival Kits with food, toys, medications, leashes, and/or carriers as needed.
You can find great resources for ready-made survival kits for humans and pets on line – Just add your personal items and you are ready to go. The following is a sample of what a “Google Search” for Survival Kits came up with:
www.essentialpacks.com www.essentialpacks.com www.quakekare.com
Food Insurance.com has two-week kits with a large, high-quality back pack included. The deluxe kit includes additional items such as a hand crank radio, first aid kit and “all in one tool.” Dollar Tree has lots of great stuff for your “Go Bag”, i.e., tooth brush travel kits, glow sticks, etc.
Note: The Resort Improvement District is not endorsing any commercial enterprise by offering up this information.
The following Preparedness Tips are from California Office of Emergency Services Web Site (www.calema.ca.gov/PlanningandPreparedness/Pages/Fires.apsx ).
The “Official” rule of thumb is to have 100 feet of Defensible Space. Here in The Cove most of our homes are built on 50 foot lots; so we must use common sense and do the best we can to keep the space around our homes as clear as possible.
Defensible Space: You Can Do It (from the Firesafe Council)
Remove all flammable vegetation around all structures. State law requires a minimum of 100 feet of clearance, but check with your insurance agent to see if your carrier requires more. For more information about state law, contact your local fire department.
Trim trees so branches are six feet from the ground and 10 feet from your chimney. Remove branches overhanging your roof. Thin trees to reduce fuel loads. Trees should be thinned out so branches are not touching each other.
Call your utility company for help with trees near power lines. Never trim these yourself.
Remove any dead trees.
Cut weeds and dead grasses six inches or shorter.
Always work early in the morning and make sure your power tools have spark arresters to prevent equipment-caused fires.
Ask your local nursery about landscaping with beautiful, fire-resistant plants.
Maintain defensible space by cleaning up plant litter and watering properly.
In the event of an Evacuation Order, residents of Shelter Cove will have approximately 30 minutes to leave the area. After that time, Shelter Cove Road will become a one-way road into The Cove for firefighters and equipment. The Resort Improvement District, Shelter Cove Volunteer Fire Department and the Shelter Cove C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) will be working with the community and outside agencies to keep citizens up-to-date on the status of wildfires in our area.
“Living on Shaky Ground” (see www.humboldt.edu/shakyground) is a wonderful publication on “How to Survive Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Northern California.” Here are four other websites with exceptionally good earthquake and tsunami disaster preparedness information:
· CalEMA My Hazards: myhazards.calema.ca.gov
· Great California ShakeOut: shakeout.org
· U.S. Geological Survey: earthquake.usgs.gov/learning/preparedness
· California Geological Survey: consrv.ca.gov/cgs/geologic_hazards
WHAT TO DO IMMEDIATELY WHEN SHAKING BEGINS
DROP down onto your hands and knees (before the earthquake knocks you down). This position protects you from falling but allows you to still move if necessary.
COVER your head and neck (and your entire body if possible) under a sturdy table or desk. If there is no shelter nearby, only then should you get down near an interior wall, and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands.
HOLD ON to your shelter (or to your head and neck) until the shaking stops. Be prepared to move with your shelter if the shaking shifts it around.
(Learn more about Drop, Cover, Hold On from http://earthquakecountry.info/dropcoverholdon/ )
Tsunami Tips: Feeling ground shaking that lasts a long time may be the only warning that a tsunami is on its way.
Do not wait for an official warning!!!
EVACUATE IF you are in a TSUNAMI HAZARD ZONE
Again, feeling ground shaking that lasts a long time may be the only warning that a tsunami is on its way. In Step 1 (from “Living on Shaky Ground”) you identified hazard areas and evacuation routes. Grab your “grab and go” kit and immediately head to a safe area.
Do not wait for an official warning
Once you are in a safe area, CHECK FOR INJURIES AND DAMAGE
EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS
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