Monday, February 23, 2009

Help me help you...

The missing link in getting our city, county, state and country prepared, is you. Yes, the simple truth is I want to teach you. I am willing to teach you what I know. The greatest gift is when I also learn something from you.

If by chance, you are someone who is already a CERT team member, you can spread the word of preparedness. Maybe you can promote the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and/or DAC (Disaster Preparedness Course) by forwarding this blog sight to friends, family and co-workers. If you are aware of fairs or events that have booths for community groups, the Los Angeles Fire Department (On duty, we stay pretty close to the boarders of the city of Los Angeles. If your location is in other areas, contact me and I will try to connect you to either local CERT instructors, groups and/or first responders who can advise.) wants to send me to answer questions and give information to increase citizen survival during and after a disaster.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Sesame Street helps kids get ready

When the time comes and we are facing a true disaster, it may be a child that saves the family. Aside from information that can save you, this information may empower a child when you are not around. As the father of four, aside from taking care of my children when I am home, I also accept the duty to empower them when I am away at work. This website is great for the younger family members. Feel free to forward this to friends, family, teachers, church and any place else that our younger family member spend time.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

It's not just California

Small Earthquake Rattles New Jersey
This story is a reprint from The New York Times: Feb. 3, 2009

A small earthquake hit northern New Jersey late Monday night, according to seismologists. No one was reported to have been injured.
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Residents likened the earthquake, which struck just after 10:30 p.m., to everything from “a bomb” to an underground explosion to “a thump.”
The epicenter of the quake, which had a preliminary magnitude of 3.0, was reported at Victory Gardens, although it could be felt in Rockaway, Dover and Morris Plains, according to Won-Young Kim, a seismologist for the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, in Palisades, N.Y.
The communities near the earthquake’s epicenter are in Morris County, about 35 miles west of Midtown Manhattan.
While 3.0 is a rather large earthquake for the metropolitan New York region, a temblor of that magnitude is unlikely to cause any major damage, Mr. Kim said.
Workers at an Exxon Station in Rockaway, N.J., said that the night was going along normally when the earthquake struck.
“It was like a bomb, a strong one,” said Cafer Sahin, 40, an attendant.
Tom Smaga, 27, was working inside the station when, he said, he first heard and then felt the earthquake.
“It was a loud boom and after that it shook the whole building,” Mr. Smaga said. He said the vibrations lasted for about two or three seconds.
Toni Dellamonica, a dispatcher for the Rockaway Township Police Department, said that there had been no reports of injuries or major damage.
Ms. Dellamonica said the earthquake felt like “a rolling rumble,” as if someone was dragging something across the ground.
In Dover, N.J., near the quake’s epicenter, Francis Rodriguez was playing cards with a friend when, she said, “it felt like something exploded underground.”
The shaking did not damage her house, she said, but her friend, Cheryll Post, who was visiting Ms. Rodriguez, said “it was very scary.” Patricia Avila, was in her second-floor apartment in Rockaway, N.J., when she felt what she described as “a loud thump.”
“It was just a bang,” Walter Michalski, a police officer in Dover, N.J., said of Monday’s earthquake. “That’s it. A bang.”
Peter Johnson, a dispatcher for the Morris Plains Police department, said “I wasn’t sure what it was. It was just a shaking.”
Mr. Kim of Lamont-Doherty said that low-level earthquakes are not unusual near that area.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 2 hit Phillipsburg, N.J., on July 28. A 2.6 magnitude quake struck Sussex County, N.J., on Feb. 17, 2006, and another quake, with a magnitude of 2.1, hit Morris County on Dec. 10, 2005.
Nate Schweber contributed reporting.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Here for you...

If you know of any communities inside of the city of Los Angeles that is in need of disaster preparedness training, please forward this blog site to them so we can connect and fill in the gap. WE MUST PREPARE NOW OR PAY THE PRICE LATER.