Disaster Preparedness Program
The disaster preparedness program
ensures that City forces can provide appropriate relief and rescue services following
major disasters like earthquakes, floods, nuclear power accidents, hazardous material
spills, and wildland fires. Program goals are well-trained disaster response employees,
citizens who can be self-sufficient within 72 hours following a
disaster, and up-to-date disaster response plans
One of the program's
primary focus is having our citizens prepared for natural disasters.
Based on this we offer the following preparedness tips.
and Equipment Storage
You and your family should also be
prepared. In the event of a disaster, normal supplies that you use daily may be
unavailable or inaccessible. It is suggested that
kits that will allow you to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours, be prepared and
stored in the most probable locations you and your family may be when the disaster occurs.
You should have an emergency supply kit in your home, workplace, and vehicle. The
composition of the survival kits will vary in size and contents depending on your
individual needs and preferences. To be considered complete, these kits should contain
food and water, clothing and supplies, and medical and hygiene items to fit your
individual needs. To help putting this kit together, please
click here to review the
is a 24-week
Disaster Supplies Calendar. Use this to help your family
assemble a disaster kit in small steps over a six month period.
Check off each week as you gather the contents. Supplies may be
stored in a large plastic garbage can.
Following a Disaster
devastating Southern California fires, Bob Hamilton wrote an article for
the California Fire Service Magazine published February, 2008 in which
the California Casualty
Insurance company provided the following checklist of important
items to consider following a catastrophic loss.
First contact your insurance company
as soon as possible to report your loss and provide general
description of damages.
Prepare a list of
damaged or lost items
Keep damaged items or
portions of those items until the claims adjuster has visited your
home. DO NOT throw anything away that you plan to claim
without discussing it with your adjuster.
Keep receipts for all
additional expenses such as lodging, kenneling, supplies, food and
Keep copies of other documents; i.e. taxes. If
you have lost important documents, find your appropriate agency or
vendor by clicking here.
Another great source of
reference is the
Business Continuity Plan that can be found on the Chamber of
Commerce website. This plan is a guide to help businesses
prepare to quickly recover from a disaster.
Disaster Preparedness Links
National Organization on Disabilities - Emergency Preparedness