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Disaster Ready Guide 2022 - Engl

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2SAFETY STEPS FOR ANY DISASTERGet alerts to know what to do.1.CalAlerts.orgMake a plan to protect your people.2.Pack a Go Bag with things you need. 3.Build a Stay Box for when you can't leave.4.Help friends and neighbors get ready.5.

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1. GET ALERTS TO KNOW WHAT TO DOSign up to get your county alerts. Go to You can also sign up for the MyShake earthquake warning app.MY LOCAL COUNTY ALERT SYSTEM IS:LOCAL ALERT SYSTEMOTHER ALERT SYSTEMSFind a news source you can trust When a disaster strikes, you need to know what's happening and get updated information about what you should do and where you should go. There are many ways to get this information.Find your local radio station for emergency alerts at to prepare for any disaster.ListosCalifornia.orgGet more resources to get prepared.EMERGENCY RESOURCE WEBSITES 211CA.orgDial 211 for evacuation routes, State guides, alerts & wildfire & shelter news.RADIO STATIONS WHERE I LIVE/WORK:3TelevisionRadioDial 211Cell PhoneLandline PhoneEmailSmartphoneSocial MediaHam Radio

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MAKE A PLAN TO PROTECT YOUR PEOPLE: CONNECT & PROTECTTry texting if local phone calls can’t get through during a disaster.2. CELL PHONEHOME PHONEADDRESSWORK/SCHOOLOUT OF TOWN CONTACTOUT OF TOWN CONTACT NAMECELL PHONE HOME PHONEWORK/SCHOOL CONTACT NAMEADDRESSEMAILCELL PHONEHOME PHONEWORK/SCHOOL CONTACT NAMEADDRESSEMAILCELL PHONEHOME PHONEWORK/SCHOOL CONTACT NAMEADDRESSEMAILEMERGENCY CONTACTSThink about who you want to connect with during an emergency. These may be family, neighbors, friends or caregivers. Write down their names and contact information. Share copies with everyone on your list. Also pick one person outside the area where you live who won’t be affected by your local disaster. You and your contacts might be able to check in as safe with that faraway relative or friend, and share where you are.

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52. MAKE A PLAN TO PROTECT YOUR PEOPLE: EVACUATION ACTION1. Follow the guidance of local authorities. They will share the latest information with news stations and know the best ways to keep you safe. Instructions might come from your fire department, sheriff or police department, or from elected officials, like mayors or supervisors.2. Learn different ways to get out of your community fast. In a disaster, the road to safety may not be your usual route. Disasters may close roads and bus routes you usually take. Get familiar with more ways to escape during an emergency. Practice those trips with the people who would go with you. That way, you will know how to stick together in a real emergency.3. Be ready to go to your safe place. Have your Go Bag of supplies packed. Have your Connect & Protect plan in place and your Local Resource Directory completed. Reach out to the people you care about, and who care about you. Decide if it is safe, and possible, to get to the home of family or friends. If not, find a public shelter.Listen to the news and sign up for local alerts at CalAlerts.Org.Dial 211 on your phone to find a public shelter.2-1-1Be ready to go in the safest direction, to the nearest safe place, with little warning.If you are not safe at home, work or school due to a disaster, you will need to go to a safe place and meet up with people you care about. Before a disaster, print or get a paper map. Because you may not have cell phone service, it may be helpful getting you to safety from where you are.

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3. PACK A GO BAG WITH THINGS YOU NEED: PACK AHEADTO PACK NOWDocumentsCopies of identification and insurance.Deeds, titles, and other papers important to you.Photos of family and pets.MapMark different routes out of your neighborhood on a paper map.Medications List List all prescriptions.Other important medical information.This Guide Your completed Connect and Protect list and Local Resource Directory.Your completed Grab and Go list.CashSmall bills $1s & $5s.Save up a little at a time.7GO BAGMost disasters are unexpected and happen fast. You might not have time to shop, or even to pack. Pack up important items for each member of your household now, so you and your family will have what you need later.

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3. PACK A GO BAG WITH THINGS YOU NEED: GRAB AND GOPACK AS YOU LEAVEWallet or purse and keysPhone and charger MedicineMask Write down here what else you should bring for everyone in your household. Clothes? Toothbrush? Think about needs of babies, older adults, people with medical conditions or disabilities, and pets.GOOD TO GRAB IF YOU ALREADY OWNPortable radioFlashlightFirst aid suppliesPortable computer8GO BAGGO BAG

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TO PACK NOWWaterSave up to 3 gallons per person, for drinking and washing.FoodSet aside foods that won’t spoil and require no cooking. You know best what you and your family like to eat.Trash Bags Set aside extra plastic bags, with ties, to use in a bucket for a toilet.4. BUILD A STAY BOX FOR WHEN YOU CAN'T LEAVE: IMPORTANT ITEMS9STAY BOXIn some disasters, you may be safer staying at home. You might not have water to drink, to bathe or to flush the toilet. You might have no electricity to keep your food cold, turn on a light or charge your phone.Add items to a Stay Box, for when you can’t leave home. Prepare for at least 3 days without water or electricity. Save up a little at a time, until you have enough for everyone in your household to get by. Remember any pets. If you already own a flashlight or a portable radio, keep it someplace easy to find.

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4. BUILD A STAY BOX FOR WHEN YOU CAN'T LEAVE: IMPORTANT ITEMSWrite down here any important items you use every day that might run out if you are stuck at home for many days. Set aside a little extra in your Stay Box, in case you can’t get to a store. 10STAY BOX

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WHO IS HOME IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD DURING THE DAY?WHO IS AT HOME IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOODS THAT MIGHT BE AVAILABLE TO HELP YOU DURING THE DAY?WHAT ABOUT AT NIGHT? ON A WEEKEND?WHO IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD MIGHT NEED HELP?Think about who might be the first on the scene to help in your neighborhood during a disaster as you think about your answers to these questions:115. HELP FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS GET READYThinking through these things will help you to prepare and to start conversations with your neighbors. Discuss these same questions with your neighbors, talk with them about what help they might need, and be willing to help where you can.

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12Pack a Go Bag for each person in your household.Sign up for local emergency alerts at 1Create your Connect & Protect plan for family, neighbors, caregivers.Talk about your plans with people on your list.WEEK 2WEEK 3Learn different evacuation routes and mark them on a map.Practice your Evacuation Action plan.WEEK 4Start packing a Stay Box to be safe and comfortable at home. Do a little at a time, until you feel ready.STEP-BY-STEP SAFETY CALENDARCalAlerts.orgYou don’t need to follow this calendar exactly. Just take a few steps each week, at your own pace. You will enjoy peace of mind knowing you are ready if a disaster strikes.

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13BASIC TIPS FOR ANY DISASTERBuild a Support Network: Have a backup plan in case of emergency. Think about who you can rely on. Talk with your neighbors about their needs, and yours.Discuss disaster plans with caregivers.Ask schools about plans to reunite parents and children.Plan ahead for skilled helpers to assist with evacuations.Share keys with trusted friends to rescue your pets.Everyone you care for should carry identification. Put written identification in children’s school bags.Consider a medical alert tag or bracelet.Get pets updated tags and microchips.Photos of families and pets can help you reunite.Carry Identification: Families may be apart when disaster strikes. People and pets get separated.

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BASIC TIPS FOR ANY DISASTERHave Extra Medications and Power Supply: Many people can’t go three days without medications. Some need electricity to power equipment and devices.Carry extra medicine when you leave home. Photo (or carry) list of doctors and prescriptions.Ask pharmacy to renew 30-day prescription at 28 days. Save extra doses in your Go Bag.Plan to keep medicine cold and charge equipment/devices.Dial 211 to find shelters for specific needs.Label equipment before evacuation.Sign up for alerts from your power company about power shutoffs. Pack specialty medical and communication supplies.Plan to comfort those with Alzheimer’s or mental illness.Reduce Stress: Lessen physical and mental stress by planning ahead.14

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Disasters are challenging for everyone. Each of us has different needs in preparing for a disaster. You, or someone you care about, can benefit from planning ahead. Think now about ways to make the experience safe and comfortable for all.Talk with people you trust – at health clinics, schools, faith communities, health support groups, assisted living facilities, social service agencies, independent living centers. Here are some safety tips that might help.Pregnant Women Ask your doctor how to get care or deliver during a disaster. Plan ahead to avoid bad air, toxic water and unsafe food.Tell staff at a shelter that you are pregnant.Parents of InfantsIf you use formula, set aside plenty of clean water.Get or make a body sling to walk far with the baby.Know the safety plan of your child’s caregiver.Caregivers Create an emergency plan with your care recipient.Build a network of support beyond yourself. Help your care recipient pack needed supplies.GET READY15TIPS FOR A VARIETY OFCIRCUMSTANCES

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GET READYRural CommunitiesShare alerts through phone trees and ham radio networks.Meet with neighbors to discuss collaboration.Plan ahead for evacuating large animals.People with PetsGet your pet an ID tag and microchip if possible.Pack food, water, medicine and proof of immunization.Dial 211 to ask which public shelters accept animals. 16Older AdultsCarry family/caregiver contact information in your wallet.Post family and emergency numbers near your phones.Learn about your retirement community’s emergency plans.TIPS FOR A VARIETY OFCIRCUMSTANCES

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PLAN AHEADPeople with Developmental DisabilitiesIdentify trusted allies to rely on in a disaster.Make a plan together with this support network.Practice your plan to help you feel safe.People with Mobility and Other Physical Disabilities Plan ahead with trusted allies for transportation. Make a plan for damaged ramps/rails. Evacuate as soon as possible to give you extra time to get out safely.People with Speech/Communication DisabilitiesCarry an instruction card on how to communicate with you.Carry communication devices, phrase cards or picture boards.Know how to replace your assistive device if damaged/lost.17TIPS FOR A VARIETY OFCIRCUMSTANCES

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PLAN AHEADPeople with Limited EnglishFind trusted community sources to talk to about safety options.Ask bilingual youth to share safety steps with you.Research which media you follow provide emergency alerts.Transportation ChallengedArrange carpooling if you must evacuate. Ask if public transit may be free after a natural disaster. Learn if ride share services will offer free rides to shelter.New CaliforniansLearn emergency system basics, like dialing 211.Ask your community how disasters here are different.Find trusted sources in emergencies beyond the government.18TIPS FOR A VARIETY OFCIRCUMSTANCES

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SAFETY TIPS: WILDFIREGet bandana or maskto protect lungs. Plan for no electricity.Don’t use candles.Red Flag warning means prepare NOW. Check that your water hose is working.Clean gutters. Remove brush near home. Don’t “wait and see”.Leave when told!Leave smokyareas quickly.Open or remove curtains, shades or blinds.Prepare pets for evacuation. BEFOREDURINGClose all doors and windows.Turn off air conditioner.19

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SAFETY TIPS: FLOODNever drive intoflooded areas.Watch for mudslidesafter wildfire.Don’t “wait and see”.Leave when told!Never walk throughmoving water.Watch for tsunami oncoast after earthquake. BEFOREDURING2Get plastic tarps, sandbagsto keep out water.Keep car gas tankat least half full.Keep storm pipes anddrains clear.Move valuable itemsto higher floors.Learn best escape routesto higher ground.20

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SAFETY TIPS: EARTHQUAKE BEFOREDURING Secure tall furniture to walls.Hang nothing heavy above a bed, sofa or chair.Practice earthquakesafety drills.Learn how to turn offgas, electricity and water.Get free MyShake appfor earthquake warnings.Don’t rush outside.Get under a table or desk.Stay in bed and coverhead with a pillow.Pull over car and stop awayfrom buildings, trees. Be ready foraftershocks. Outside, move away fromanything that could fall.21

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SAFETY TIPS: POWER SHUTOFF BEFOREDURING Keep car gas tankat least half full. Buy food that won’t spoiland doesn’t need cooking.Prepare flashlights andlanterns – no candles.Keep phonebatteries fully charged.Buy ice to keep foodor medicines in coolers. Keep your refrigeratorand freezer closed.Use generators, campstoves and grills outdoors.Unplug appliances/electronicsto prevent damage.Leave onelight plugged in.Don’t use yourgas stove for heat. 22

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Ver. 3_EN_9/20/22LISTOSCALIFORNIA.ORGGet more resources to get prepared.LISTOSCALIFORNIA.ORG/GET-PREPARED/#ONLINECOURSE20 minute interactive online experience teaches 5 disaster preparedness steps.