Officials discuss preparedness in earthquake country

Is the San Ramon Valley prepared for a natural disaster or medical emergency? If a sampling of attendees at Friday's Mornings with the Mayor were any indication, only half of Danville residents would know what to do.

"Preparedness is something everybody should be doing and that nobody wants to do," said Emergency Services Director Greg Gilbert, who advertised an emergency preparedness fair to be held next month.

Danville and the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District offer free training in CPR, the use of automatic electronic defribulators (AED) and encouraged residents at the monthly meeting to get trained in order to better serve their neighborhoods, many of which do not have registered community emergency response team (CERT) members.

"The probability of having an over 9.0 earthquake in the next 10 years is about 50 percent," said Sen. Mark DeSauliner (D-Concord), who also attended the breakfast meeting. "We know that in these kind of emergencies, the professionals will be so overwhelmed that we'll have to take care of ourselves for a bit."

While it is important for residents to be prepared in the event of an earthquake or other natural disaster, officials stressed the importance of knowing first aide.

"Only 25 percent of the time when crews arrive on scene is CPR being done," said Fire Chief Richard Price, who presented the audience with posters of the district's iPhone application that alerts trained good Samaritans to a nearby heart attack victim.

Although the application only works on iPhones, Price said the department expects to unveil an Android version of the application later this month.

"It's a whole bunch of small steps that…give us a high survival rate," he said.

Valley residents interested in learning more about emergency preparedness are encouraged to attend the preparedness fair on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the LDS Chapel (655 Old Orchard Road). Demonstrations, examples of disaster plans and pet micro chipping will be featured at the event.

"We live in a tremendous community," Gilbert said. "All these projects play a critical part in helping out community in a disaster. If all of you can take just a few minutes and prepare yourself, we can survive any disaster that befalls us."


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Posted by bstanley
a resident of another community
on Aug 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Preparedness, not panic or fear, are the operative words.

I lost my house to careless people (a campfire on a windy day) in the Malibu Corral Fire in 2007. People need to prepare for the financial and insurance-related impacts of calamitous events including fires, hurricanes, explosions, earthquakes, floods, thefts, and other unpredictable emergencies.

In hind sight, I wish I had done a home inventory!

Putting together a home inventory may not sound like the most exciting way to spend a few hours, but in the event of a major loss, like a fire, flood, or theft, it may be one of the best things you could have done to save yourself time, money and headaches during the claims process.

Here’s a link to a DocuHome home inventory and it’s free if you use this code...
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