My youthful Boy Scout experience reinforced the "Be Prepared" mindset. I also remind Voice readers about disaster preparedness, particularly earthquakes, like the checklist here. I noted the high chance of the Big One here and remind you again
The U.S. Geological Survey says there is a 63% chance of one or more magnitude 6.7 or larger quakes striking the Bay Area in the next 30 years.
Some great effort is coming from the Burlingame Neighborhood Network (BNN) and my main contact at BNN, David Harris, sent this message along
BNN is hosting its fourth annual citywide emergency exercise on Saturday, October 22, and they held a practice walkthrough Thursday night in Lane Room at the Burlingame Public Library. Residents from various neighborhoods across the city who have volunteered to lead or participate in the exercise on their blocks watched as members of the BNN board conducted a demonstration of how the exercise will work. Their experience really shows.
They shared how neighbors can quickly organize following an earthquake or other disaster to assess injuries to people, structural damage to homes, downed power lines, broken gas lines and other impacts, then communicate with Area Command Posts (often located at Burlingame schools), who would radio critical information to Central County Fire Department. The Burlingame Police Department, Burlingame CERTs (Community Emergency Response Team Members) and local HAM radio operators are also supporting the exercise.
A key assumption is that residents would be on their own for 24-72 hours after a major quake as authorities prioritize and respond to the most urgent needs first. Why participate in these exercises when we’ve all got such busy lives?
Studies of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and other catastrophes have found that personal connections among neighbors dramatically improve chances of survival during a disaster and in recovery efforts afterward. One of the best things to do in order to protect yourself and your family is to get to know your neighbors.
For more information how you can participate in the Oct. 22 emergency exercise, check out their web site:
Update: I attended my neighborhood's meeting this morning and found it very helpful. Not only was it a good reminder of some basic ideas, but we learned about the communication flow during an emergency and had a visit from Central County Fire to remind us of how important it is to be somewhat self-sufficient. All 50 odd CCFD trucks went 72 hours straight after the '89 Series Quake so there is no way they get to everyone right away! Here's a photo from this morning