inspired by Kids Road ID
The Wrist Road ID Slim or Foot ID is a simple perfectly low-tech Kids ID Bracelet ($30USD). If your child is ever lost or in an accident, your emergency contact information is immediately available to teachers or first responders. Road ID has been in business since 1999, and is made in the USA. Parents feel better using Road ID during field trips, family vacations and especially at amusement parks.
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.
inspired by US Geological Survey’s San Francisco Bay Liquefaction Susceptibility Map
~25% of the San Francisco Bay region may be exposed to liquefaction with the shaking that has been forecasted. Some of the most hazardous areas are beneath our urban core. What is the grade of the land you and your loved tread?
New maps show the distribution of rock and sediment having different vulnerabilities to liquefaction when shaken by earthquakes, together with explanation of the process and examples of its effects.
inspired by LA Totally Unprepared
It’s a Family Affair.
What Do You Put in Your Kid’s Earthquake Go-bag?
Why, as much as they can carry comfortably for their size, including their favorite small toys, games, and snacks. A child old enough to carry a backpack like this is old enough to shoulder their own little earthquake go-bag. Here are things to include:
- A bag that your child can carry easily. Something big enough to hold everything, but small enough to slide under their bed. A child’s backpack would work well.
- A bungee cord to attach it to the bed – you don’t want it bouncing away before you ever get to use it!
- An easy-to-use, kid-friendly flashlight with batteries stored separately
- Shoes (that fit)
- Diapers (up-to-date size) & Wipes
- Bottled water
- High calorie/Protein snack items that you know your child will eat.
- A change of clothes, like sweats
- A toy, small game or book
- A copy of your family emergency wallet card
- Important! A recent photo of you with your child. If you are separated, this could be the best means of being reunited.
Optional items for your kid’s earthquake go-bag:
- Transistor radio, depending on the age of your child
- Playing cards or other small games
- Teddy Bear
- Pen and paper
- A favorite book
- Dust mask/bandanna
- Protective goggles
Also see Evacuate My Pet for ideas about protecting your four legged family members.
inspired by SF72
A basic rule of thumb is for San Francisco people to be able to take care of each other for 72 hours before emergency/first responder help arrives.
That’s 3 days, 9 meals.
Preparedness is all about people.
inspired by The SF Fire Department N.E.R.T. Training
The underlying premise is that a major disaster will overwhelm first responders leaving many San Francisco citizens on their own for the first 72 hours or longer after the emergency. The Neighborhood Emergency Response Team Training Program (NERT) goal is to teach as many San Franciscan’s as possible that, with basic training, they can make a difference in the lives of their families and others when, not if, they are affected by a disaster large or small.
NERT Curriculum includes:
Class Session #1
Earthquake Awareness, Preparedness, and Hazard Mitigation
Earthquake type, magnitude, history and probability
How to prepare before it happens
What to do when the earth starts to shake
Class Session #2
Basic Disaster Skills
Natural gas, water and electrical controls, why, when and how to shut them off
Types of fire, and using extinguishers to put it out
Hazardous Materials awareness in the home, on the road, and all around you
Class Session #3
Health considerations for the rescuer
Stopping bleeding and shock position
Minor injuries and burns
Class Session #4
Light Search and Rescue
Different types of construction and where to look for damage
How to classify damaged buildings
Building marking system
Interior search patterns
Lifting heavy objects and mechanical advantage
Class Session #5
Team Organization and Management
City Disaster Plan and where the NERTs fit
NERT Incident Command System, managing the disaster
Class Session #6
Skills Development and Application
Final Exam Review
Triaging and treating moulaged victims
Extricating a victim trapped by heavy timbers
Interior search for reported missing persons
Exterior building damage assessment
Award of Achievement and course evaluation
Sign up for a class.
Inspired by California Academy of Sciences’ exhibit, Earthquake .
Prepare to be moved! Take a kinetic journey through seismic phenomena and explore how they fit into Earth’s geologic history.
Free iTunes U Course:
What are earthquakes?
Earthquake Preparedness Card
6 steps to stay safe in earthquake country.
We know where, but not when.
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