Thousands of North Bay residents learned first-hand how important it is to have a go-bag packed and ready in the event of a fire in October. Pack an emergency supply kit ahead of time, and keep it accessible so you’re prepared if you have to evacuate. Backpacks work well for storing items (except food and water), and are quick to grab. Storing food and water in a tub or an ice chest on wheels will make it easier to transport, but keep it light enough so you can easily lift it into your car.
Here’s a list of items to pack for your emergency go-bag:
Items to take if time allows:
Finally, always keep a sturdy pair of shoes and flashlight handy in case you must evacuate in the middle of the night.
Earthquakes are natural disaster that are unpredictable and unforgiving. While all 50 states are at risk to some level for earthquakes, seismic zones including California’s San Andrea Fault are at higher risk for the sudden rapid shaking of the earth—caused by breaking and shifting of subterranean rock as it releases strain accumulated over time. Earthquakes can occur any time of the year and without warning, usually lasting for less than a minute. Here’s what to do before, during and after an earthquake.
Before an Earthquake
During an Earthquake
After an Earthquake
Nixle is a potentially life-saving alert system that keeps you up-to-date with relevant information from local public safety departments and schools. Want to receive alerts on your mobile device? Simply text your zip code to 888777 and receive alerts for severe weather, criminal activity, severe traffic and missing persons. Or visit their website at www.nixle.com.
The firestorm’s toll on Sonoma County tells a somber story. Here are the final stats from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO).
24 civilian deaths
11 homes burglarized (in SCSO jurisdiction)
23 people arrested for being in evacuation zones (SCSO jurisdiction)
73 cell towers burned (Sonoma County to the Oregon border)
300 peace officers on duty per shift for weeks, tapering off on the third week
2,269 missing persons reported (Good news: the vast majority were found.)
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