Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness

A major earthquake in California is not a matter of IF, it’s WHEN. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) says there is a 99.7% chance of a significant earthquake 6.7 magnitude or greater in California within the next 30 years. The probability of that quake rocking Southern California is estimated at 67%. A recent NASA/JPL study predicts a 99.9% chance of a 5.0 or greater magnitude earthquake rocking Southern California in the next 2 1/2 years.

When a major earthquake strikes, you and your neighbors will be your own First Responders. Fire, paramedics and police will be unable to provide any assistance for at least several days or longer. No power. No water. No phones. No computers. No ATMs. No grocery stores. You and your family must be prepared to go without water, electricity, food, toilet, and other basic services for at least one week or more!

The first thing you will need is fresh water and lots of it – FEMA recommends at least 1 gallon of fresh water per day for each person in your home for consumption and hygiene, and to use commercially bottled water. That’s 14 gallons of water minimum for two people and 28 gallons for four. If you do nothing else to prepare, get water today!!!

For helpful information about necessary supplies like food, shelter, first aid and sanitation (toilet), as well as other resources like how to make a family disaster plan, what to do with pets in a post-disaster environment, coping with an earthquake while pregnant, and answers to common questions, visit www.survivault.com.

In the coming months, Brookside will be developing a comprehensive neighborhood disaster plan with your input and participation to help everyone get prepared in advance of a major earthquake, and to assist with efficient response in its aftermath. If you have questions, you may direct them to CERT certified Brookside resident Roy Forbes.