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Taking The Steps To Be Prepared In An Earthquake


Earthquakes strike suddenly, without warning, and they can occur at any time of the year, day or night.

Sunday’s 6.0 earthquake in Napa, sent 208 people to Queen of the Valley Hospital for medical attention. The City of Napa reported that 17 of the 208 patients treated were admitted for ongoing treatment.

Napa’s quake was moderate in magnitude, but it created citywide damage and nearly 50 buildings in the City of Napa were red-tagged as uninhabitable.  This list includes the Napa Senior Center that remains closed until further notice.

So far, no deaths have been reported from Sunday’s quake.

The quake took most everyone by surprise with its’ 3:30a.m wake up call.  Many of the residents in the area found themselves unprepared for the earth’s shake and rumble.  Residents questioned if Napa’s earthquake was the dreaded “big one,” or if there is a bigger one lurking around the corner.  If the big quake were to hit, there are precautions residents can take to be prepared.

In the event of an earthquake, here are some tips that can help.

Check yourself for injuries and protect yourself from further danger by putting on long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes, and work gloves.

After you have taken care of yourself, help injured or trapped people.

Leave the gas on at the main valve, unless you smell gas or think it’s leaking. Do not light an open flame until you are absolutely certain it is safe to do so.

Help neighbors who may require special assistance

Listen to a portable, battery-operated radio (or television) for updated emergency information and instructions.

Expect aftershocks, including large ones, for several days after the initial quake.  Stay out of damaged buildings until it has been cleared by proper first responder personnel.

Use battery-powered lanterns or flashlights to inspect your home.

Contact your local emergency management office, local American Red Cross, state geological survey or department of natural resources for specific information about your community’s risk.

Create an emergency box that contains a headlamp, copies of your families medical insurance card, a clean cloth, snacks, band-aids, candles, emergency blanket, and a whistle.

And most important, make an evacuation plan for you and your family, as well as a remote safe place to meet too in case you are together when a disaster hits.

We invite you to share your thoughts on our KAHI Facebook page on how you and your family has created a disaster preparedness plan.


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