Shake Out Thursday – October 16, 2014 at 10:16am!

shakeout2014What we do now will determine our quality of life after our next big earthquake. Are you prepared to survive and recover quickly?

The International Shake Out Day of Action is Thursday, October 16! More than 10 million Californians have registered so far (24.3 million worldwide).

This is the day to practice what you will do in the event of an earthquake.  Be prepared at 10:16 am on 10/16/14 with your plan of action.  When you register on the Great California Shakeout website, you become part of the entire community of people who are ready and prepared.

Register today at The Great California Shakeout

Visit our resource page for more information on Earthquake Preparedness

Disaster Recovery – Removing The Mask of Mystery

CERT_ConferenceOn July 25, I was fortunate to be the Keynote/Plenary speaker at the 2014 CERT Community Preparedness Conference held in Cerritos, California.  My one-hour presentation was titled “Disaster Recovery – Removing The Mask of Mystery” and was extremely well received!

This event was hosted by the local Disaster Management Area Coordinator for Area E in Los Angeles County and the event attracted over 260 attendees from all over Southern California.  There were people from the County Office of Emergency Management, fire departments, businesses, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT’s), and others.

The conference attendees enjoyed the presentation and were amazed to hear the details of what actually takes place after the first responders leave the scene.

I am pleased to be presenting again on August 19, 2014 in San Diego for the Association of Contingency Planners.

Register for the August 2014 ACP meeting today!

Designing for Disaster

There are lots of articles written, TV and movies about natural disasters and disaster recovery, and now we can add a Museum Exhibition! It’s at The National Building Museum in Washington D.C. and the new exhibit called “Designing for Disaster” is on display now until August 2, 2015.

One goal of the exhibit is to help reduce the impact of natural disasters before they occur.  They describe the exhibit as “hopeful”, and focus on how simple design elements can made big changes.They have many interactive stations and examples of new research and engineering ideas.  It sounds like an exciting opportunity to encourage new innovations!

Visit the National Building Museum website for more about the new Designing for Disaster exhibit!

Visit our Free Recovery Tools page to download our disaster recovery and preparedness tools and resources.

The Red Guide Helping San Diego Fire Recovery

Fire-FEMAWith what is being called FireStorm 2014, San Diego County residents have faced an unusually early and destructive start to the fire season.  While temperatures and wind are finally supporting the progress to stop the fires, some homeowners are returning to their homes to start the progress of recovery.

See my interview on Wake Up San Diego Channel 6 and hear what questions our San Diego neighbors may be facing and how the Red Guide can help.

For more information, visit our page on how to purchase a copy of The Red Guide.

How to Prepare for a Tornado

Tornado-Photo by Anita Westervelt/FEMAFEMA offers a wide variety of preparedness and recovery resources, and one of their latest publications is a very helpful guide on How to Prepare for a Tornado.

This 11-page PDF offers gives a comprehensive view on the What, When, Where and how to prepare BEFORE and what to do DURING a Tornado.   There is also a list of interesting resources to help with protecting yourself.

Download FEMA’s guide:  How to Prepare for a Tornado

See more resources on our website to help with Tornado Preparedness

New Free Disaster Recovery Tool!

The Red Guide ToolboxVisit our Free Preparedness & Recovery Tools page and download our latest free addition to help with “Restoring Utilities After a Disaster“.

In severe cases, utility crews may “lock off” service, or remove meters for safety reasons after a disaster. Our helpful guide provides tips to help homeowners restore their utilities, and provides information about the process of obtaining the required permits for restoring utilities, and other tips to help restore services.

We are pleased to offer these free tools as a companion to The Red Guide to Recovery Resource Handbook for Disaster Survivors.

 

 

This helpful 2-page PDF provides tips to help homeowners restore their utilities after a disaster. Our guide provides information about the process of obtaining the required permits for restoring utilities, and other tips to help restore services. – See more at: https://www.theredguidetorecovery.com/free-preparedness-recovery-tools/#sthash.IFdXLS8P.dpuf

This helpful 2-page PDF provides tips to help homeowners restore their utilities after a disaster. Our guide provides information about the process of obtaining the required permits for restoring utilities, and other tips to help restore services. – See more at: https://www.theredguidetorecovery.com/free-preparedness-recovery-tools/#sthash.IFdXLS8P.dpuf
This helpful 2-page PDF provides tips to help homeowners restore their utilities after a disaster. Our guide provides information about the process of obtaining the required permits for restoring utilities, and other tips to help restore services. – See more at: https://www.theredguidetorecovery.com/free-preparedness-recovery-tools/#sthash.IFdXLS8P.dpuf

PrepareAthon! is April 30th

PrepareAthon!Did you know April 30, 2014 is a National Day of Action?  America’s PrepareAthon! is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises conducted at the national level every fall and spring.  It’s sponsored by FEMA, and intended for individuals, groups, and communities.

Find out more about PrepareAthon! and How to Register.

The website also provides a great resource called “Know Your Hazards”.  It provides lots of interesting and helpful facts and resources about Wildfires, Tornadoes, Hurricanes & Floods.

 

Call for Applications to FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council

youth disaster preparednessThis is the second year of FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council, and if you know someone who might be interested, they will be following in some impressive footsteps!

FEMA is looking for youth leaders who are dedicated to public service, who are making a difference in their communities, and who want to expand their impact as national advocates for youth disaster preparedness.

Any individual between the ages of 12 and 17 who is engaged in individual and community preparedness, or who has experienced a disaster that has motivated him or her to make a positive difference in his or her community, may apply to serve on the Youth Preparedness Council.

Participants are expected to represent the youth perspective on emergency preparedness and share information with their communities, and in July 2014, the member will attend the Youth Preparedness Council Summit along with a chaperone – travel expenses reimbursed!

Applications must be received by February 24, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST

Visit the FEMA website for more information on the program and application:

Personal resiliency begins at home by planning for recovery

The Red Guide to Recovery LogoWe are pleased to share our article about planning for recovery published in the Continuity eGuide by Disaster Resource Guide.  Our article features one of the best ways to increase your resiliency by planning for recovery.

Read our article:   A New Tool to Create A Personal Property Inventory When Everything Is Gone

For more tools and resources see:

Free Preparedness Tools
Preparedness Resources & Tips