LARKSPUR. DISASTER PREPAREDNESS GUIDE. 45 MINUTES AGO. The San Francisco Bay Area suffered a 6.7 Earthquake on the Hayward Fault. The entire Bay Area has sustained catastrophic damage to buildings, roads Bridges and Infrastructure Numerous deaths and injuries are being
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Bridges and Infrastructure
reported throughout the region
due to damage
Greenbrae/Hwy 101 Over Crossing.
You and your family need to:
Example of a home disaster kit
We have a 62% chance of a magnitude 6.7 or greater earthquake in the next 26 years.
Larkspur Fire Captain Jim Clark providing Earthquake relief, Indonesia 2005.
extremely difficult or impossible.
To purify your water, boil it vigorously for 10 minutes, or add liquid bleach with 5.25% sodium hypochlorite (chlorine bleach) as it’s sole ingredient in these amounts.
Chlorine Bleach if Chlorine Bleach if
WaterWater is cloudyWater is clear
1 Quart 4 drops 2 drops
1 Gallon 16 drops 8 drops
5 gallons 1 teaspoon 1/2 teaspoon
Wait 30 minutes. The water should have a slight chlorine smell; if it doesn’t repeat the dosage and wait an additional 15 minutes.
work due to power failures.
Recent disasters have shown us that we need to keep a 5-7 day supply of food and water on hand.
Tape of strap it to the meter, so it is available.
can turn it back on.
coverage due to cost.
are hit by falling objects.
couches or sitting areas.
furniture or in a strong doorway.
neighborhoods. Take a family walk.
Tip… 10 Minute Evacuation List
Create a list of personal items you would take with you if you only had 10 minutes to evacuate your home. Make duplicates of important papers and documents, store them in a safe deposit box or away from the home.
Keep this list with your “Emergency Contact List”.
Many communities have their own radio stations such as the examples listed bellow. Preset one of the radio stations on your car and home radio to your communities local emergency broadcast stations:
CORTE MADERA 1330 AM
BEARS 840 AM
KCBS 740 AM
KGO 810 AM
Note: Emergency broadcast stations vary from time to time, and those listed are subject to change.
-High Speed; up to 22,000 calls per hour.
-Uses include, evacuations, storms, missing persons, shelter in place etc.
-Controlled by Marin County Sheriff’s Office
Tip… Make sure the door is open
designated as needed.
Shelters are established as needed and the locations can change depending on the communities needs.
Churches, schools and places of assembly are all possible shelter locations.
The best place to take shelter is in your own home, provided it is safe to do so.
-Walls are cracked
-Doorways are crooked
-Windows are broken
-Roofs are compromised
-Attached structures like
chimneys and porches
Pictures depict construction problems such as unbraced cripple wall collapse, chimney collapse is a widespread problem, and houses that aren’t bolted down to their foundations shift off of them.
Larkspur Firefighter Steve Cunha with Engine 615 at the Kingsly Complex September 2006.
Larkspur Firefighters performing structure protection, 2003 Southern California Fire Storm.
Do not call 911 unless you have a life-threatening-emergency.
A face mask or dry handkerchief will filter smoke from the air you breath. Goggles will protect your eyes from smoke and wind-born-debris.
Angora Fire, South Lake Tahoe, June 2007.
What if you’ve waited too long to escape, or you become trapped by fast-moving flames on your way out?
Larkspur Firefighters and a CDF dozer on the Pigeon Fire, Redding Ca. 2006.
You may be strongly tempted to stay and fight the fire. DON’T DO IT. You will be endangering your life only to face the real possibility that there will be no way out when the fire arrives and is bigger than you can handle. The wiser choice is to evacuate quickly and calmly when requested to do so. Water systems may be effected by the fire. You may not have water when you need it.
What if you’ve waited too long to escape, or you become trapped by fast-moving flames on your way out? Continued.
If you are evacuating by car and become trapped by fire, park away from vegetation, close the windows and vents, cover yourself and lie on the floor. Do not leave the vehicle.
Larkspur Fire Department, Water Tender 16 supporting firefighting operations at the Dolcini Fire in West Marin, August 2005
Larkspur Fire Department Engine 615 at the Kingsly Complex 2006.
Fire Safe Marin has excellent information to help homeowners become fire safe in the Wildland Urban Interface. Contact Fire Safe Marin at (415)446-4420 or www.firesafemarin.org.
Clear your rain gutters of debris during the fire season as well as the rainy season. Many houses are lost in fires when embers ignite litter in the rain gutters, even when the roofs are fire retardant.
Mt Vision Fire, Inverness 1995
The Mt.Vision Fire burned for 7 days and consumed over 12000 acres.
Floods, Landslides and Power Outages
Larkspur Fire Captain Jim Clark, member of the Marin County USAR Swift Water Rescue Team at the 2006 San Anselmo flooding. Ross Valley Fire District, Station 19 in the background.
San Anselmo flooding January 2006.
Mill Valley mudslide, January 2006.
During an emergency or lengthy power outage, call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000 for information on progress being made to restore power in your area.
Resist the urge to keep checking in your refrigerator. Every time you do, you let in warm air, which reduces the unit’s effectiveness. You may want to keep a supply of canned foods handy just in case your power is off.
Hurricane Katrina Disaster Shelters, New Orleans 2005
Don’t flush toilets or dump water into sinks or bathroom drains until told sewer lines are intact.
Temporary toilets can be made by lining your toilet bowl with a large, extra-strength water-proof trash bag.
When possible, dispose of feces by burial.
Using Emergency Food
First, use perishables from the refrigerator.
Second, use food from the freezer, but minimize the number of times you open the freezer.
Third, Use non-perishable food and staples from your pantry or emergency supplies.Living in a Disaster Areapage 44
A safe, familiar place for a frightened pet might be your car.
Make sure it has enough water and adequate ventilation.
Be aware that animals might not be allowed in public shelters.
Following a disaster, the Marin Humane Society will pick up lost animals, as well as put out food for them.
Document damage with photos or signed statements from neighbors.
Keep records of all repairs or demolitions.
Losses can be tax deductible.
If your home requires repair, be sure to get a written contract and references from a licensed contractor.Living in a Disaster Area
Larkspur Firefighters conduct community training, March 2007.
listed on the back of the form.
This program is presented to the citizens of Larkspur and Greenbrae by the
Larkspur Fire Department.
Special Thanks to Larkspur Firefighters
Steve Walton, Tom Timmer
Tiburon Fire District