Preparedness is the cornerstone of community resilience. Are you ready?
Disaster can come in many forms. In this region we tend to focus on fire, earthquake and landslide events, however, it is important to take account for other risks when you are planning which could require you to shelter in place for some time. These should include the possibility of a pandemic, a hazmat or radiologic incident. It is also important to recognize that the types of major events that we are prone to are no-notice events. This means that the gap of time between event and arrival of outside resources can be much longer.
The two most important thing you can do is to take steps to minimize or eliminate the risks you can, and to prepare yourself, your family, and your neighborhood. If you are a business owner, you will want to make sure your business is prepared as well.
Luckily, there are simple, affordable steps you can take to prepare! Check out the links to the left for information and helpful resources and make sure you are planning to be ready to survive two weeks or more without outside help.
It can be difficult to grasp what it is like to live through a disaster if you have never experienced one. The video below describes one family's experience living through the recent wildfires in Santa Rosa, CA. It's worth watching and really makes their experience tangible. We have wildfire risk here. As you watch, don't think of this as something that happened to someone else. Put yourself in this family's shoes, and think about what you would do if this situation occurred in your neighborhood.
Please note that the video does contain profanity and may not be suitable for children.