Are You Prepared?

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Source: Montecito Fire Protection District

On July 4, 2019 a 6.4 foreshock struck Ridgecrest, California. It was followed by the mainshock, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in the same region on July 5, 2019. Here in Montecito, several members of our community felt both earthquakes; fortunately, we received no reports of injuries or damage.
 
These two large events serve as important reminders that we live in an earthquake-prone area and need to be prepared. Please take a moment to navigate over to https://www.fema.gov/earthquake where you can find important information about earthquake preparation and safety before, during, and after an event.
 
If you are interested in hands-on training, please join us for community preparedness presentations from the Montecito Emergency Response and Recovery Action Group (MERRAG). These occur every second Thursday of each month at Montecito Fire Station 1, 595 San Ysidro Road. This month’s training is on July 11, 2019 from 10:00 am to noon and the topic is Light Search and Rescue.
 
For more information on emergency preparedness please contact Joyce Reed at 805-969-7762.

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a-1571049969 Jul 11, 2019 12:30 PM
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Fire Extinguisher, Heavy Duty, on sale at Costco, $10 off, is $29.99. I just scored one, and storing in my car. It just might make a difference.

a-1571049969 Jul 10, 2019 07:57 AM
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Mormon food storage, Google it.

Flicka Jul 09, 2019 09:06 AM
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If you are home, turn off the gas to your house. Our last big one here was in 1925, early in the morning. A worker at the gas plant was just arriving for work and turned off the gas to the whole city, saving the town from possible fires.

TWOSCOOPS Jul 09, 2019 08:41 AM
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Helpful. Thank you. Am learning from all of you.

EastBeach Jul 09, 2019 08:13 AM
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The *BEST* advice I've heard is to go buy a plastic cap to thread onto the output valve of your water heater. Your water heater may become an important source of potable water for you after a quake. You'll need to turn on that valve to access your water. But some valves will be leaky and not close all the way, especially on old water heaters. So use the cap to prevent your precious water from leaking away. The plastic cap can be purchased at a hardware store (it will have hose thread). Thanks to Andy Dimizio (former SB Fire Chief) for passing that one along to me.

EastBeach Jul 09, 2019 08:17 AM
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Forgot to say on some water heaters, there is no handle to open that water drain (like on a garden faucet). So leave a screwdriver or a coin next to your water heater to turn the slotted valve that's common on newer water heaters.

a-1571049969 Jul 09, 2019 08:11 AM
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"The heat of the fire cook of the round in the chamber with a fireman's head about a foot away from the blast. With all the excitement at the time he couldn't figure out what the noise was until the investigation when I saw the severely deformed teapot. What do you know, there was a gun inside and a hole in the wall across the room. Sheesh. A gun in the teapot? You just never know." Ammunition, especially inside a gun, can "cook off" during house fires or wild fires. Think about that in your own neighborhood.

Channelfog Jul 09, 2019 07:59 AM
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Having barter items such as liquor, cigarettes, lighters, etc is very useful too. Whatever you do, do not barter weapons or ammunition as you never know on whom they will be used.

a-1571049969 Jul 09, 2019 06:09 AM
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Squirrel away some comfort foods: potato chips, popcorn, caramels, Butterfinger, Juicy Fruit chewing gum, Pepsi, Chef Boyardee anything, Campbell's tomato soup, Arcor Strawberry filled Bon Bons hard candy, container of cake frosting and Saltine Crackers, a seasonal frosted sugar cookie, Dunkin Donuts Shot in the Dark coffee espresso can, instant coffee, sugar cubes. Store in your empty suitcases, or boxes under your bed. Now...looking forward to next disaster...

a-1571049969 Jul 08, 2019 09:58 PM
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Geez. I was feeling pretty good about life until I read this thread. Two tips I can add: whatever you do, don't put cans of tuna in a cooler. I did that, last time I packed our emergency kit. Probably during Y2K days. Even though the cooler was stored in a not-subjected to heat area, after a year in storage the cans blew open. I had to trash that nice big cooler. Also: my recommendation for the best can opener around: Zyliss lock and lift. Costs $10 + tax on Amazon. Super easy to use.

Shasta Guy Jul 08, 2019 09:20 PM
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Here’s about 2000 calories of pretty non perishable food that won’t make you suffer and give enough vitamins to keep you alive. Multiply by the number of people you need to keep going. Store in a cool rodent free place and substitute according to your allergy and food preference situation: Dinty Moore Beef Stew 8 oz 240 cal, Cliff Bar 250 cal, raisins 1.5 oz 130 cal, Peanut butter ~2tbls ~200 cal, two Nature Valley Granola bars ~350cal, canned Black Beans 1 cup 260 cal, Joe’s Os + Honey 1tbls + condensed milk 1/4 cup ~450cal, Trader Joe’s milk chocolate bar 100 cal, mixed nuts 1/4 cup ~250 cal, canned mixed veggies for nutrients, and a multivitamin for dessert. After 24 hrs without refrigeration you’ll only be able to canned or dried foods.

winter Jul 08, 2019 08:29 PM
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I posted on a neighborhood site...went through the Northridge quake.. Make sure you have gas, cash...water .. also, by your bed..sturdy shoes, keys, cell phone, flashlights. Feel for the people of Ridgecrest...have been there...

ParvoPup Jul 08, 2019 08:24 PM
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Great ideas if you at home - but what about being at work or on the road? Your car is your survival tool - stock it as well. In the trunk should be boots or tough sneakers for when you have to walk or run to escape - hard to do in flip flops or clogs. A pair of jeans, hoodie and leather gloves - you will be crawling over debris on your way home - not the time for the pool party skirt or work suit. Small backpack with energy bars, water, first aid supplies, flashlight, batteries, spare cell charger, etc - same as at home. The number one thing people forget when they run for cover or evacuate - prescription drugs. Not a big deal if we are talking cholesterol or some other long term ailment, but diabetic, heart issues - something where missing meds for a day or two will screw you up - keep a supply in your bugout bag too.

LocalMatt Jul 08, 2019 07:53 PM
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Preparing can only do so much. Water, gas generator and canned food. I have these . This universe is so big and so powerful beyond our comprehension. When work gets hard or people complain about stuff, I'm just thankful to be alive. We could be dead tomorrow, so I keep life simple. Enjoy it!

mattyboy Jul 08, 2019 07:50 PM
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I'm just going to "share" from anyone with a Bernie or Hillary sticker. No need to stock up myself, right?

therealbebe Jul 08, 2019 08:44 PM
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So what you're saying, Mattyboy, is always rely on those who are smarter than you? Got it!

macpuzl Jul 08, 2019 07:54 PM
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That would be the typical red state action.

yacht rocked Jul 08, 2019 07:40 PM
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I'm not allowed to put in a URL, but if you go to something like: resilience(dot)abag(dot)ca(dot)gov/residents/planset/ You'll find a large two-page set of instructions for making an existing light-construction single family house earthquake-resistant. You can hand this to any intelligent contractor and tell him/her to go at it.

a-1571049970 Jul 08, 2019 04:18 PM
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From Ridgecrest earthquake survivor: "The incoming flex water lines to water heaters were a major failure point (even on strapped down heaters) and caused lots of flooding-keep a spare because the hardware stores sold out. The flexible gas line is another weak (and potentially dangerous) link; be sure to check after earthquake. (Applies to all gas appliances)."

CoastWatch Jul 08, 2019 03:58 PM
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With PG&E potentially shutting down power during Red Flag /Wind events/Low humidity, I would suggest a generator and 5 gal gas container... I would also buy a cheap BIG 5 Mossberg 12 gauge - You may hopefully never need it, but it's nice to have at the ready... Don't be a victim.

a-1571049970 Jul 08, 2019 03:53 PM
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Water, advanced first aid kit, backpacker's water filter, gas, generator, cash, chainsaw, baby wipes, canned foods. And lots, and lots, of lead.

a-1571049970 Jul 08, 2019 02:45 PM
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I got my dogs some CBD oil so they don't freak out and run away when the big one hits.

Roger Jul 08, 2019 02:43 PM
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I already have alot of crap in my tiny place so I guess I'm always prepared in a way.

PitMix Jul 08, 2019 02:14 PM
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I have my emergency kit ready, plenty of food, water, medical supplies, and camping equipment. But it is all in my garage so hopefully accessible there after EQ.

Shasta Guy Jul 08, 2019 09:28 PM
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Have it near the front of the garage if possible. If your garage door is electric then it may be difficult to open. A couple people died in the Camp Fire in Paradise because they became stuck in their garages when the power cut out and their garage doors couldn’t be opened. I’ve got great cool temperature storage under my house, but it may become inaccessible in a severe EQ.

a-1571049970 Jul 08, 2019 02:05 PM
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Another thing the experts say to have is between $500 - $1000 in CASH - 1's, 5's, 10's & and 20's due to power outages everywhere. Cash will be king!

Z Jul 08, 2019 01:52 PM
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Don't forget feeds for Fido and the cat, medications and recreational drugs/liquors.

Yeti Jul 08, 2019 01:26 PM
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Thank you Shasta Guy. Great outline.. People need to realize that WHEN we get a real big one, most of the utilities will be out for days or weeks and transportation of food into our area may be down for a while as well. The government will not be able to take care of you, so you better plan on self reliance and implement a simple plan to make it happen. Go to Costco, get several flats of canned chili, stew..etc. Things that you can eat out of the can with out cooking if you need to, and lots of water. Move your camping gear outside to a shed or storage bins.. Now is the time for action.

Shasta Guy Jul 08, 2019 01:16 PM
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I started my planning today. 1 gal water per person per day, and 2000cal per person per day. You also need to plan for no running water, and perhaps no habitation of your dwelling. Have tents and sleeping bags accessible. In addition to the non-perishable food to have in hand, I’ll probably stash a generous amount of energy bars in ziplocks in my freezer to extend their shelf life. They tend to be vitamin packed. It’s not fun to think about, but it’s a lot better than waiting for helicopters to air drop MREs because 101 north and south and 154 are cut off. It will end up being like the Hunger Games for those not prepared.

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