Simplify Family Care FAQs: TRY emcaso!

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“There are four kinds of people in the world:
those who are currently caregivers,
those who have been caregivers,
those who will be caregivers,
and those who will need caregivers.”
– Rosalynn Carter

Details on our BETA app kick off

Our mission is create a new gold standard for family emergency preparation and response. Kid safety = #1. We are the first mobile-friendly, kid-centric EMS.

How can we streamline family care FAQs and produce better outcomes in case of family emergencies? Test emcaso and let us know what think!

Want to Make Better Decisions? Do This

inspired by:
Darius Foroux Blog on Productivity

“The earlier and more you decide, the more chance that you make better decisions.”

“You can never avoid making a mistake. However, you can do your best to avoid making dumb decisions.”

“When you make small decisions early, before they become big — it’s easy. When you put off decisions, they become big — and painful.”

Find out other easy strategies you can use to help manage your familycare successfully and more productively.

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Brava Theatre Presents: Fire Safety Workshop

Inspired by: Brava Theatre & Spike Kahn

Artists, want to learn how to make your studios safe from fire?

Free 1st Workshop of its Kind
Contact: Spike Kahn
Jan 3, 2017
6 pm @ Brava Theater Center
2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA  94110
Directions & Hours | 415-641-7657

Find out how to:

      • ID exits
      • install smoke detectors (trying to get some free to distribute from the Mayor’s office)
      • use a fire extinguisher
      • make your life/work space safe both from fire & from evictions
      • & more

In coordination with Stacey Carter at Hunters Point, Pacific Felt Factory, SFFD, and Stacie Anastacia Powers at Brava Theatre.

What are the particular facets of fire safety, in places with lots of equipment, and materials? What is electric power tool safety? How to stop overloading outlets, and use breaker power strips properly? Why are smoke/CO2 alarms an important new standard? Do you have illuminated exit signs? Clear paths of exit? Unlocked exits? Ventilation considerations?

Lets figure out other ways to keep the creative class be safe.


inspired by Federal Emergency Management Agency 

Get on it! FREE US Homeland Security Dept APP provides real time weather warning alerts & useful safety tips for  various types of disasters and more. Find out how to stay safe before, during, and after over 20 types of hazards. Learn techniques and tips such as these for Earth Quakes, ‘terremotto’:

Before an Earthquake
The following are things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your property, in the event of an earthquake.

  1. To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.Fasten shelves securely to walls.
  2. Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves.
  3. Store breakable items such as bottled foods, glass, and china in low, closed cabinets with latches.
  4. Fasten heavy items such as pictures and mirrors securely to walls and away from beds, couches and anywhere people sit.
  5. Brace overhead light fixtures and top heavy objects.
  6. Repair defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections. These are potential fire risks. Get appropriate professional help. Do not work with gas or electrical lines yourself.
  7. Install flexible pipe fittings to avoid gas or water leaks. Flexible fittings are more resistant to breakage.
  8. Secure your water heater, refrigerator, furnace and gas appliances by strapping them to the wall studs and bolting to the floor. If recommended by your gas company, have an automatic gas shut-off valve installed that is triggered by strong vibrations.
  9. Repair any deep cracks in ceilings or foundations. Get expert advice if there are signs of structural defects.
  10. Be sure the residence is firmly anchored to its foundation.
  11. Store weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products securely in closed cabinets with latches and on bottom shelves.
  12. Locate safe spots in each room under a sturdy table or against an inside wall.
  13. Reinforce this information by moving to these places during each drill.
  14. Hold earthquake drills with your family members: Drop, Cover and Hold On.

Know the Terms. Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify an earthquake hazard:

  • Aftershock– An earthquake of similar or lesser intensity that follows the main earthquake.
  • Earthquake– A sudden slipping or movement of a portion of the earth’s crust, accompanied and followed by a series of vibrations.
  • Epicenter– The place on the earth’s surface directly above the point on the fault where the earthquake rupture began. Once fault slippage begins, it expands along the fault during the earthquake and can extend hundreds of miles before stopping.
  • Fault– The fracture across which displacement has occurred during an earthquake. The slippage may range from less than an inch to more than 10 yards in a severe earthquake.
  • Magnitude– The amount of energy released during an earthquake, which is computed from the amplitude of the seismic waves. A magnitude of 7.0 on the Richter Scale indicates an extremely strong earthquake. Each whole number on the scale represents an increase of about 30 times more energy released than the previous whole number represents. Therefore, an earthquake measuring 6.0 is about 30 times more powerful than one measuring 5.0.
  • Seismic Waves– Vibrations that travel outward from the earthquake fault at speeds of several miles per second. Although fault slippage directly under a structure can cause considerable damage, the vibrations of seismic waves cause most of the destruction during earthquakes.

Mira, available en espanol tambien!

SF Seismic Safety Outreach Program

The Seismic Safety Outreach Program (SSOP) FREE outreach workshops cover  the following topics (classes are available in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin & Vietnamese):

1. Personal Preparedness – This general class covers the 3 steps to personal preparedness focusing on a multi-hazard approach. This allows individuals to get hands – on training in a workplace environment. Tailored classes will be available to meet the specific needs of targeted audiences including workplace groups, youth, seniors, people with disabilities, underserved populations, non-English speakers and more.

2. Basic First Aid and Citizen CPR– The purpose of this training is to teach untrained bystanders how to perform hands-only CPR, control external bleeding and manage shock in an emergency. Having more citizen bystanders trained in these simple skills can help save lives in unexpected emergencies.


3. Earthquake Mitigation – Although we cannot predict when an earthquake will occur, much of the damage caused by earthquakes is predictable and preventable. Securing your home and taking special considerations for potential hazards can protect you and your loved ones from injury and harm.


4. Response and Recovery – The quick response and recovery during and after a catastrophic disaster can allow the community to rebound quicker. Learning the basic techniques and building useful resources to support your personal and neighborhood recovery is immensely important.

5. Fire Safety – Lectures will center on preparing and preventing a home fire, steps to take in response to a home fire and the recovery actions to be taken immediately after a home fire. Instructors will go through home safety checklists, family disaster plans and teach participants how to use a fire extinguisher and install smoke alarms.

SSOP is made possible by San Francisco Department of Building Inspection .

Want more info? or to sign up for a free class? Check with Michael Wong , 415-636-1311 . or Lily Madjus

Sept is National Emergency Preparedness Month

get on over to the spectacular
San Ramon’s 9th Emergency Preparedness Fair
Saturday, Sept 24
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
San Ramon Central Park & Community Center

This great event is all about families & personal preparedness!  Give-aways! Food Trucks! Learn how to use a AED and fire-extinguisher! Plus:

  • see demo of a Jaws of Life, from the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District,
  • see Bomb Squad demo
  • witness Camp Parks 352nd Military Medical Brigade display,
  • check out San Ramon and Danville Police K-9 Dog Demos
  • tour the Kids Fire Safety House – to learn all about fire safety in the home
  • gather ideas for your own home emergency kit
  • fingerprint your child
  • test your child’s car seat (10 a.m. and noon)

and more. For more information on the Fair or on how you can BeReady, visit

Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters

inspired by CARD Can Help

Based on Alameda island, Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters is an award winning nonprofit dedicated to helping nonprofits, businesses, and service agencies. CARD can help:

  • Move beyond fear, threat, and dis-empowering messages (such as Potty Posters)
  • Become prepared and ready to respond at little cost
  • Understand—in simple terms—the sometimes complex issues related to disaster response, terrorism, and government operations
  • Feel secure in the knowledge that your community can carry on even after a disaster
  • Meet public and private funder requirements of having a disaster plan in place
  • Network and build stronger relations with other agencies and the emergency response community
  • Empower your staff and volunteers to walk the world feeling safe and more prepared. Such as
    • Community service providers: by offering empowering, cost-effective training that allows them to keep their consumers and staff safe, and understand how to keep their businesses open and operating after a disaster
    • Special needs communities: by creating a safety net of their trained and trusted services agencies
    • Government: by connecting all parts of our community for a united response
    • Traditional emergency responders: by training the community to work in partnership with police, fire, Office of Emergency Services (OES), and other disaster service agencies
    • Businesses: by strengthening the resilience of service providers such as childcare, eldercare, or other critical components of a strong, thriving business community
    • Faith-based organizations: by helping them provide support, information and guidance to their congregants in times of disaster
    • Foundations and corporate sponsors: by helping secure their investments in agencies and the vulnerable communities they support
    • The general public: by creating an easy way for all people to fully participate in preparedness and response, in their own way

Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country

inspired by Putting Down Roots in San Francisco Bay

This handbook provides scientific info about the threat posed by earthquakes in the San Francisco Bay region and explains how you can prepare for, survive, and recover from these inevitable events.

If you live or work in the region, you need to know why you should be concerned with earthquakes, what you can expect during and after a quake, and what you need to do beforehand to be safe and reduce damage.