BEING PREPARED MAKES SENSE!
Do you know what to do if there is an electrical outage, earthquake or a home fire? Here in San Pedro any of these emergency situations could happen. We should always be prepared by having an emergency plan in place.
PREPARE, PLAN, STAY INFORMED – COPE Preparedness (local emgergency preparedness blog)
Short-Term Power Failures
Don’t panic! Calmly check to see if your neighbors still have electricity. If they do, the problem could be inside your home. Check your main fuses or circuit breakers to see if they have blown or tripped. Replacing a fuse or resetting a circuit breaker may restore your electricity.
To make an outage easier to cope with, keep an adequate supply of the following on hand at all times. These should be kept in a cool, dry place and all members of the family should know where to find them.
- Battery-operated radio
- Candles and matches
- Extra supply of batteries for flashlights and radio
- Basic first-aid supplies
- A small supply of drinking water and food
- Baby supplies if an infant is in the home
Before – There are things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your property in the event of an earthquake
During – Drop, cover and Hold On. Minimize your movements to a few steps to a nearby safe place and if you are indoors,
stay there until the shaking has stopped and you are sure exiting is safe.
After – When the shaking stops, look around to make sure it is safe to move.
Here are a few places to learn more about what to do before, during and after an earthquake
Earthquake Kits – You can either purchase a prepackaged kit or make your own.
Prepackaged Earthquake Kits
List of items to make your own kit
Additional resources to help you be prepared
Most home fires occur in the kitchen while cooking and are the leading cause of injuries from fire.
Home fires are preventable! The following are simple steps that each of us can take to help prevent fires.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
- Do not cook if you are sleepy, have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy.
- Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a “kid-free zone” of 3 feet around the stove.
- Position barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from siding and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.