Friday, October 18, 2013

Emergency Preparedness Month

The First 72 Hours 
October 17, 2013 marked the 24th anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake.  Therefore, this October we would like focus on emergency preparedness. The first 72 hours after an emergency are often the times when community members come together to help each other out. If we prepare beforehand, we’ll be better off when an emergency occurs. 

What can you do?
Meet with your family, neighbors and community organizers to get connected, develop a plan and share resources. One of the best ways to be prepared is to get involved with the Alameda County Fire Department's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program that serves the cities of San Leandro, Dublin, Union City, Newark and the Unincorporated Areas of Alameda County. 

Alameda County CERT
The purpose of CERT is to train people living in Alameda County to take care of themselves, their families and their neighbors in the event of a disaster. After several large-scale disasters such as 9/11, the Oakland Hills Fire and Loma Prieta Earthquake, there was a realization that not all emergency services personnel will be able to reach everyone right away. Therefore, communities may have to tend to their own minor emergencies before help arrives. Check out the Alameda County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)'s Blog for more information about training opportunities and tips. 

Other Resources include the following: Alameda County Fire Department and Alameda County Office of Emergency Services.   

SFPUC is Preparing Too
Our community members are not the only ones getting prepared. We at the SFPUC has been improving and renovating our regional water system to ensure that our customers receive a safe and reliable water supply when they need it the most – after an earthquake. Recent upgrades to the water transmission system in the Sunol Valley have increased our ability and operational flexibility in case of a disaster. The promise of the multi-billion dollar Water System Improvement Program is to provide minimum day demand to our customers within 24 hours of a major earthquake within our system. 

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