Tag: Earthquake preparedness

Great ShakeOut Reminds Us To Prepare

Big Bear, CA, October, 17, 2014 – Yesterday at 10:16 a.m., over 665,000 people in San Bernardino County participated in the Great California ShakeOut by practicing DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON. The old advice of getting in a doorway during an earthquake is no longer valid. Doorways are no stronger than any other part of the structure, so it’s best to get under a sturdy piece of furniture and hold on. Experts agree that the greatest risk of injury comes from those items around you that may fall or be thrown during an earthquake. San Bernardino County is home to the San Andreas Fault, which has the potential to produce a ‘Great Earthquake’ measuring 8.0 or larger, so being prepared is key. Pick safe places in each room of your home, workplace and/or school. A safe place could be under a piece of furniture or against an interior wall away from windows or tall furniture that could fall on you. Keep a flashlight and sturdy shoes by each persons bed. Bolt or brace water heaters, gas appliances, bookcases, TVs, and other large furniture directly to wall studs. Hang heavy items, such as pictures and mirrors away from beds, couches, and anywhere people sleep or sit. Install strong latches on cabinets and learn how to shut off the gas valves in your home. Finally, keep and maintain an emergency supplies kit,...

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The Time to Get Ready is NOW

Big Bear City, CA, August 27, 2014 – On August 24, the northern San Francisco Bay area suffered a magnitude 6 earthquake that caused significant damage in south Napa County. KBHR is using this as an opportunity to review basic earthquake preparedness guidelines. Take time now to mitigate any hazards in your home. Fasten shelves securely to walls, placing large or heavy objects on lower shelves; brace overhead light fixtures, and hang heavy items such as pictures and mirrors away from anywhere people sit or lie down. Also, identify safe spots in every room, such as under sturdy desks and tables, against an inside wall, and away from glass that could shatter or heavy furniture that could fall over. Standing inside a doorway is no longer recommended. Experts also caution against running indoors or outdoors while the shaking is going on. Plan for the aftermath. Certain disaster supplies should be kept next to each bed, including sturdy shoes, a flashlight with extra batteries, a whistle and a first aid kit. The head of household should also keep copies of essential documents in a secure, waterproof container with the disaster supplies kit. And finally, in case family members are separated during an earthquake, agree on a meeting place, and designate one out-of-area person who can be called by everyone in the household to relay...

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