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550 East 6th Street
Beaumont, CA 92223
Emergency Preparedness

Many natural disasters and other emergencies can strike without warning. In addition, after a major incident, there’s a good chance that public safety services will be busy handling emergencies. Your best defense is to be prepared at all times. 

Be Prepared Before an Emergency
  • Know where your gas meter is located and keep a 10-inch or 12-inch adjustable wrench with your emergency supplies, or next to your gas valve.
  • Even in the case of an earthquake or other emergencies, turn off your gas meter only if you smell gas or hear gas leaking.
  • To help prevent your water heater from moving or toppling in an earthquake, strap it firmly to the wall studs in two places - the upper and lower one-third of the tank - with heavy bolts and metal tape. Be sure to place the lower strap at least 4 inches above the thermostat controls. Kits are often available at your local hardware store.
  • Replace any semi-rigid aluminum or copper gas tubing with approved flexible metal appliance connector.
  • Check safety devices, such as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, to ensure that they are functioning properly.
  • Check your furnace and other gas appliances for safe operation. Have a qualified heating contractor make any needed repairs.

Developing an emergency plan and maintaining emergency supplies are also steps necessary for surviving any emergency.

Emergency Plan
Most of us have at one time or another thought about what we would do in the event of an emergency. Unfortunately, too many of us never go beyond just thinking about it. Even worse, some people believe having stored food supplies and a few thoughts about what they would do in an emergency is being prepared. This is not so.

Without formalizing your thoughts on how you want to approach various emergencies you are not prepared. Being prepared means not only having supplies but having a written plan that includes training and practice. Developing a written plan not only organizes your thoughts it also provides a systematic and repeatable approach to emergencies. It's also an excellent tool for training and practicing.

Be Specific!
Your plan should be tailored to meet your specific situation and the special actions required to meet specific types of emergencies. For example, what action should be taken in the event of a fire versus an earthquake or flood? Here are a few examples of emergencies for you to consider:

  • House or wildfire
  • Flooding
  • Earthquake
  • Intruder
  • School or work emergency
  • Large chemical spills near your neighborhood

Plan Components

  • Create an emergency plan for your family, identifying two places for the family to meet:
    1. A place outside your home
    2. A spot away from your neighborhood in case you can't return home
  • Practice the plan with your family, including your children.
  • Have a plan for your family on how to get out of the home in case of fire or earthquake.
  • Make sure your children are aware of the routes away from home.
  • Develop a plan for family pets and livestock. Evacuation shelters may not allow animals.
  • Plan safe routes away from your home and business to high, safe ground.
  • Designate a friend outside the area who family members can call if separated.
  • Review the emergency plans at your workplace, your children's school or daycare center and other places where members of your family regularly spend time away from home.
  • Review and update your plan, as needed, at least annually.
  • Keep current important documents in a safe-deposit box.
  • Know if your home is in an area at risk of flooding or landslide.
  • Check the condition of your roof.
  • Clean debris from drains around your home or yard.

Supply List
Now is the time to stock up on at least 72 hours worth of emergency supplies that add to your safety and comfort during and after an emergency. Below are some essential items to include in your emergency preparedness kit:
  • Food - Enough for 72 hours, preferably one week.
  • Water - Enough so each person has a gallon a day for 72 hours, preferably one week
    • Store water in airtight containers and replace it every six months. Store disinfectants such as iodine tablets or chlorine bleach (eight drops per gallon) to purify water if necessary.
  • First aid kit - Make sure it’s stocked well, especially with bandages and disinfectants
  • Fire extinguisher -Your fire extinguisher should be suitable for all types of fires (A, B, C type); all family members need to be taught how to use it
  • Flashlights with extra batteries - Keep flashlights besides your bed and in several of the locations
    • Do not use matches or candles after an earthquake until you are certain there are no gas leaks.
  • Portable radio with extra batteries - Most telephones will be out of order or limited to emergency use; radio will be your best source of information
  • Alternate cooking sources - Store a barbecue or camping stove for outdoor camping
    • Caution: Ensure there are no gas leaks before you use any kind of fire as a cooking source and do not use charcoal indoors.
  • Special items - Have at least a week’s supply of medications and food for infants and those with special needs
    • Don’t forget pet food, extra blankets, clothing, shoes, and money.
  • Tools - Have an adjustable or pipe wrench for turning off gas and water
Reprinted, with permission, from the California Seismic Safety Commission's Homeowner’s Guide To Earthquake Safety.