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Being Prepared in Glendora

Being Prepared in Glendora

The goal of this information is to encourage you to prepare for a natural or major disaster. Although most of us don’t want to think about it, we live in an area where earthquakes, wild fires, and floods are a reality. In the event of a major disaster the 210/57 freeways which pass through Glendora may be impassible either structurally or due to evacuation closures. Everyone must know how to provide for their own needs.

In addition to the information below, the Red Cross provides a printable checklist to help you gather important information in the event of an emergency.  Click to download the PDF checklist.

Family Planning at Home:

• Create a family plan to include your pets.
• Practice drills are important.
• Know all the ways to get out of your house (work) in an emergency
• Learn how to shut off the gas, water, and electricity
• Secure your water heater
• Maintain emergency food, water, first aid, tools, medicine and clothing
• Learn basic first aid and CPR
• Choose an out-of-state friend or relative whom family members can call in the event of earthquake

Planning at Work:

The following items can fit in a daypack. It should be portable enough that you can easily carry it with you. Keep in mind; you could be stranded for up to 72 hours.

• Dry food such as trail mix, beef jerky, etc.
• Water
• Walking shoes or comfortable boots
• First aid kit
• Prescription medications
• Matches

Mobile Survival Kit:

If you are at work and evacuation is in process due to wildfires, you may not be allowed back to your house. If you are at home you may not have much notice prior to evacuation. Consider a mobile survival kit to be kept in your vehicle.

• Day pack or small backpack
• Bottled water
• Battery operated radio and extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Pre-moistened towelettes
• Small tool kit
• Matches and or lighter
• Change of clothes
• Jacket
• Cash
• Keep your fuel no lower than half tank at all times

During an Earthquake:

Stay away from windows, bookcases, file cabinets, and other heavy objects. It is best that when you feel an earthquake to duck under a desk or sturdy table. Stay under cover until the shaking stops.

• Outside: 
    Get away from trees, buildings, and power poles. Move to a clear area.

• Driving: 
    Pull over and stop. Stay away from bridges and overpasses. Stay inside your car until the shaking stops. With minor earthquakes you may not even feel it as you might think it is just a bumpy road.

After an Earthquake:
• Aftershocks will occur. Be prepared to take cover
• Check for injuries.
• Check for gas leaks. If you smell gas open windows and shut off the gas from the main supply. Call the gas company immediately.
• Stay out of damaged buildings.

• Sturdy work gloves
• Basic tools 
    Hammer, screwdriver, crowbar, etc.
• Plastic garbage bags
• Rope
• Tent
• Sleeping bags
• Dry food
• Water 
    Rule of thumb is 5 gallons per person
• Clothing
• Compass
• Flashlight and batteries
• Matches
• Battery powered radio and extra batteries

Emergency Food Supply

You should stock at least 7 days worth of supplies per person (including pets). These items should be non perishable with the capacity of extended shelf life. These items should be stored in an accessible, cool, and dry environment. Keep in mind that the items should consist of foods used in your daily home life.

Rotating your supplies is often overlooked. This should be done at least every six months. The rotation should include: food, water, batteries, and medications. A good way to remember to rotate your supplies is: “Rotate your clocks/rotate your supplies.”

Food Storage Items

• Beverages 
    Dehydrated milk 
    Coffee, tea, cocoa 
    Sports drinks
• Grain Products 
    Breakfast cereal 
    Pancake mix (the ones that require water only) 
    Corn meal 
• Protein Sources 
    Canned meat 
    Canned poultry 
    Canned fish 
    Dried eggs

• Fruit and Vegetables 
    Canned berries 
    Canned fruit 
    Canned vegetables 
    Instant mash potatoes 
    Dry packaged beans

• Staples 
    Cooking oil 
    Baking soda 

• Snacks and Other Foods 
    Peanut butter 
    Hard candy 
    Dried fruit 
    Dry soup mix 
    Canned soup