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Emergency preparedness: Are you ready?

Twelve simple steps to be equipped for emergencies

Most emergencies are completely unpredictable. Local authorities are required by law to prepare an emergency plan so that resources and experienced people are on standby to respond quickly and in the best possible way when a major crisis -- of whatever kind -- occurs.

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Posted by Antone Braga
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 5, 2014 at 7:43 am

Disaster survivors in particular are in jeopardy, although the general public needs to have access to disaster insurance rights and rules of recovery from the start. No matter how fair insurance companies imagine themselves to be, they have a separate interest, self-interest. The more they pay, the less they keep. Disaster survivors need all the help they can get and fundamental consumer protection is the missing link. What if, What Awaits You on the Beaten Path were Now Just a Walk in the Park? "...educate yourself about the deceptive practices of insurers BEFORE you ever have to file a claim..."

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Posted by disaster survivor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Yes, usually the disaster after the disaster is the worst one, and poor preparation by cities can create a far worse disaster, e.g. New Orleans or Oakland.

Most people do not realize that your life will not be your own after a disaster. Everything you do to help prevent is an investment in your life as you know it and your time.

Even if you live in a typical neighborhood, have you cut back weeds and poorly watered plants and made defensible space? Gotten rid of out of control old ivy, or highly flammabe plants like juniper that explode from embers and will burn for days? Upgraded your foundation and installed automatic gas shutoffs?

An ounce of prevention could mean saving years of your life even for survivors!

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Posted by Most people's thinking
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2014 at 4:29 pm

A good reminder article, thanks. Most of us wait for the USGS to announce the prediction of the next big earthquake, then we raid the stores.

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Posted by Annette
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 5, 2014 at 5:47 pm

The correct contact for us

Supplies Sources can be found at Click on "Buy Supplies". Quakekare supplies some of the Red Cross kits. Emergency Essentials is another good source that often has sales.

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