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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Putting Politics Aside -- We Need to Ask Is Long Beach Ready?

LONG BEACH RESIDENTS:

Since coming to City Council in 2006, I have spent considerable time on the issue of getting residents ready to survive a major earthquake or tsunami. My staff and I have gone through CERT -- Community Emergency Response Team training.( http://longbeach.gov/fire/cert/) I have held numerous community workshops with disaster preparedness experts to bring people together to get ready. http://www.presstelegram.com/technology/20121009/long-beach-councilwoman-gerrie-schipske-to-host-emergency-preparedness-rountable 

The recent (and continuing) swarm of earthquakeshttp://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-0339-socal-quake-20140329,0,2648814.story  and the workshop held last week at the Aquarium http://www.presstelegram.com/general-news/20140322/long-beach-aquarium-of-the-pacific-to-host-tsunami-preparedness-event  about preparing Long Beach for a tsunami, should make all of us stop and think -- is Long Beach ready? Do our residents know where to go in case of a major disaster? Do we know what streets to avoid if evacuating? Do we have tsunami warning signs posted? Do our public facilities have back up power and supplies, including drinkable water?

It is important that right now the current Mayor and the City Council move as quickly as possible to pull together resources and make sure every neighborhood in our City is prepared.

We all know that there is an election coming, but earthquakes and disasters have their own timetable as you will see in the video below prepared by the Great California Shakeout -- an effort to get California ready for an earthquake.

Please contact Mayor Foster and your member of the City Council and ask if Long Beach is ready and how can we get ready as a City.


Preparedness Now, The Great California Shakeout
Preparedness Now, The Great California Shakeout

 I am including a link for you to check the specific natural disaster hazard in your neighborhood: http://myhazards.calema.ca.gov/  

Please also check http://www.readyla.org/ and find out what you need to do to prepare. 

Together, we can do this!

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Worst Case Scenario in Long Beach

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Our neighbour's front yard fountain = result of La Habra 2014 earthquake. #NewBellehurst @BuenaParkCA @LaHabraCA #earthquake #5.1 #terremoto #temblor #magnitude #2014 (Photo credit: dj venus)
Take a moment and view this video which lays out what is expected when the "big one" (major earthquake in Southern California) comes to our area. The recent swarm of earthquakes in our area should be a wake up call.



Be prepared. Be ready. Check out www.readyla.org for tips.


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You Should Be Concerned --Swarm of Recent Earthquakes

This movie brings home the issue of the need to be prepared. Once the shaking is over, we need to be able to get on with our lives. Be prepared. Be ready. Get your earthquake kit put together.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Quake in LA Should Make Us Think About Getting Ready

The Great Los Angeles Earthquake
The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The 4.4 earthquake that hit Los Angeles yesterday should be a reminder that the big one is coming and it is important for Long Beach residents to get ready to survive.

Experts estimate that a 7.0 or large magnitude earthquake would bring widespread devastation in Southern California.

As you know, I have sponsored several community workshops on how to get ready. You need to get your home equipped with supplies and water that will last at least seven days.

Check out www.ready.gov to find out what what you need to get together to get prepared.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

An important message from Councilwoman Schipske and firefighters

This weekend when you move your clocks forward for daylight savings time...don't forget to 
check your smoke detectors.

The International Association of Fire Fighters is urging people to change more than just the batteries in their smoke detectors when Daylight Savings Time begins March 10. They should also upgrade their smoke detectors to make sure their homes are equipped with photoelectric smoke detectors, IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger said.

According to IAFF: "Research has demonstrated that photoelectric smoke detectors are more effective at warning people of smoke from smoldering fires than ionization smoke detectors. With earlier warning, people have more time to escape a burning structure and enable a quicker call to 911. Photoelectric smoke detectors are less susceptible to nuisance alarms. To prevent nuisance alarms, citizens often disable smoke detectors and place themselves, other residents in a home or building and fire fighters at greater risk.
Smoke Detector
Smoke Detector (Photo credit: http://www.homespothq.com)

Photoelectric smoke detectors contain a light source and a light-sensitive electric cell. Smoke entering the detector deflects light onto the light-sensitive electric cell, triggering the alarm. These detectors are more sensitive to large particles given off during smoldering fires - the kind of fires that occur at night when people are asleep.

Ionization smoke detectors have a small amount of radioactive material and establish a small electric current between two metal plates, which sound an alarm when disrupted by smoke entering the chamber. But the technology leads to a delayed warning. That can lead to greater loss of life among people in a burning structure and fire fighters, who are faced with a more developed fire. A delayed warning during a smoldering fire, especially at night, can incapacitate people who are sleeping and lead to death as fire spreads. No home should be without a smoke detector, and ionization detectors should continue to be used until a home can be equipped with photoelectric detectors."
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

4.4 Shake in Fontana

Fault types
Fault types (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There was a 4.4 shake in Fontana which should remind us to make sure we are ready for when the big one hits.

For information and resources click on to www.readyla.gov.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Good Ideas for Seniors -- Get Ready

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We all know the value of preparation, whether for an important meeting, a big game, hosting a party, insurance needs – and especially for emergency situations. By evaluating the state of your health, your current needs and what you might require in the event of a disaster, you can be ready for almost anything. Here are some things to consider:
  • Identify the resources you use daily and what you might do if they become limited or unavailable.
  • Make sure that you have an adequate supply of all your medications, to last you for a short period when refills may not be available.
  • Prepare an emergency supply kit (review our section “Stocking Your Supply Kit”)
  • Know the safest places in your home for each type of emergency and learn the best escape routes as well.
  • Plan in advance for a temporary place to stay, in case you are forced to evacuate.
  • If you own a pet, consider where that pet may stay if it is not allowed to accompany you to a shelter or to someone’s home where you will be a guest.
  • Know where all of your medical, insurance and other important documents are located, and make sure they can be accessed quickly.
  • If you have a communication disability, be sure that your emergency information explains the best way to communicate with you.
Creating a support network
Our lives are enriched by good and loyal friends. This is especially clear during an emergency crisis. So create a support network of friends who can provide assistance for you, should you need it.
  • Share every element of your disaster plan with your support network.
  • Arrange for members of your support network to immediately check on you, should a disaster occur.
  • Provide an extra house key to a member of your network.
  • Provide copies of your important emergency documents, as well as a health insurance card.
  • Let your support network members know where any emergency supplies are stored.
  • Agree to a specific communication system for contacting one another.
  • Let your support network members know when you are going out of town, and they should do the same for you.
  • Practice your emergency plan together in a show of mutual support.
Surviving at home
Hopefully, you will not have to leave your home in the event of a disaster. But even if you are instructed to stay at home, there are certain items you should have and precautions you should take.
  • Keep an adequate water supply of at least one gallon per day. Water should be stored in unbreakable containers.
  • Store non-perishable foods that are nutritious, easy to carry and ready to eat.
  • Keep a manual can opener in one of your drawers.
  • Have non-perishable food available for any pets that live with you.
  • Make sure that you have a working flashlight, with backup batteries.
  • Keep your cell phone charged so that you can use it if your land line becomes temporarily disconnected.
  • Store a first aid kit in your home.
In the fire's path
One of the most terrifying experiences is to be trapped by a fire. No matter which way you turn, you sense that there is no way out. But don’t panic…all is not lost, especially if you remember these few words of advice.
  • Drop down to the floor and crawl because the air there is cleaner and less toxic. Most fatalities in a fire occur from smoke inhalation.
  • Feel all doors before you open them; if a door is hot to your touch, look for an alternate way out.
  • If your clothes catch on fire, drop to the floor and roll over and over to suffocate the flames.
  • Do not stay around to “fight” the fire; call the fire department instead from a neighbor’s house or from your outdoor patio.
  • If you are trapped in your house, move next to a window; try to signal for help.
  • Never return to a burning building.
Know when to evacuate
We all love the familiarity of home, where we can enjoy our certain routines and little pleasures. But there are times when it makes sense to leave home, at least for a little while. In fact, it could be a matter of life or death. Some of the more common indicators for evacuation are these:
  • Your area is without electrical power for a prolonged period.
  • Flood waters are rising.
  • A chemical emergency is affecting your area.
  • Your home has been seriously damaged.
  • Emergency personnel instruct you to evacuate.
Assisting senior in a crisis
Many seniors are strong, healthy and capable of taking care of themselves. Others, however, may be ill or disabled, in need of assistance when an emergency situation occurs. If you are helping a senior during a disaster situation, keep these points in mind:
  • Be calm and soothing, especially in situations where the elderly person may have become confused or disoriented by the disaster.
  • Offer a comforting tone, as many elderly individuals are very hesitant to leave their homes, even when “riding out” the disaster is dangerous.
  • Remember to ask the person you are helping whether they have any pets that need assistance too.
  • Make sure that the senior you are assisting has all of his/her medications so those can be moved to safety as well.
  • Be patient; keep in mind that elderly people move more slowly and stop occasionally.
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