Limited access on Highway 38 due to power outage Motorists will have limited access at Valley of the Falls Drive on Highway 38 due to Southern California Edison’s work to restore power to San Bernardino Mountain communities.
Also, if you see downed power line or dangling wire – even if it appears not to be live – don’t touch or approach it and call 911 immediately.
County preparing for El Nino storms Clearing flood control channels, stockpiling sandbags and holding public outreach meetings in flood-prone areas are just a few things County departments are doing to prepare for El Nino storms this fall and winter.
The Board of Supervisors heard a special presentation today from County staff about what is being done throughout the county to prepare for El Nino.
The County Office of Emergency Services is working in conjunction with the Department of Public Works, the Sheriff’s Department, County Fire, and Special Districts – along with local, regional and state partners – to make sure all safety issues throughout the county are being addressed. Public outreach meetings have been held in Lake Arrowhead, Yucaipa and Victorville to update residents on the latest El Nino forecast and what County departments are doing to prepare.
For additional information, please contact the Office of Emergency Services at (909) 356-3998. Get ready to ShakeOut for earthquake safety on Thursday On Thursday, Oct. Make this the year you did something to encourage the survival of your family, friends and coworkers in a major earthquake.
Office of Emergency Services honored for mass care and shelter program Today the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors recognized the San Bernardino County Fire Department Office of Emergency Services for recently being awarded the California Emergency Services Association (CESA) Public Safety Gold Award for its Mass Care and Shelter, Shelter Operations Compound (SHOC) Program.  The CESA Public Safety Gold Award is the top award for public safety emergency management programs in the State of California. San Bernardino County’s SHOC Program is a collaborative effort between County Fire, multiple County departments, cities within the Operational Area, the American Red Cross and other partner agencies.
The October 17, 2013 Great ShakeOut was a success in San Bernardino County with 620,412 participants from all sectors including government, school districts, healthcare facilities, nonprofit organizations and local families.
The Great ShakeOut is a worldwide drill performed to increase awareness of earthquakes and help prepare in the event of a disaster. All San Bernardino County departments participated in the drop, cover and hold on exercise.
The County Museum held special events the day of the ShakeOut with hundreds of adults and children from nearby schools learning about the impact of earthquakes. Being prepared can help you during those critical hours or days after a catastrophic earthquake, hurricane, tsunamis, tornado, fire, car breakdown or terrorist attack. Having the right bug out bag, survival kit, earthquake kit, survival gear, emergency food and water can make the difference between life and death. Earthquakestore also guides you in creating your own emergency handbook that offer life-saving tips for surviving earthquakes, hurricanes, thunderstorms, power outages, snow storms, fires, tornadoes, floods, and even terrorist attacks. According to FEMA have two weeks supply of food and water, and other survival gear to survive a catastrophic event like a hurricane, earthquake or other natural or man-made disaster. If you want to be a survivor, of any emergency situation, you have to start with knowledge and training.
As I type this, I have a butane lighter in my pocket, a whistle, knife, fingernail clippers, LED flashlight, small knife and magnesium stick on my, and a Swiss Army knife in my belt pouch. This gear goes with me everywhere it’s legal, even though the 80 percenters tend to roll their eyes if they notice my stuff. Ladies can carry complete urban survival kits in their purses, and no one will ever be the wiser.
Blow your whistle loudly, (this immediately makes you the  perceived authority figure), and in a loud, matter-of-fact voice order everyone to remain calm, and follow you quietly.
A map, compass and possibly a GPS should be part of any survival kit, and may be very useful once you get out of the collapsing building. Gather everyone at the safe place mentioned in the safety briefing, and then assess the situation. But they are now responsible for their own safety, and you have accomplished your first goal: that of getting out of the danger zone.
If it is safe to do so, and there is no smell of gas or chemicals, building a campfire  in a safe open area might be the next order of  business. Now, you’ll use the rest of your survival kit and training to make it through the emergency.
While commercial survival kits are available, the quality of some items is sometimes reduced to cut costs.
If you have certain medical needs or conditions, make sure the kit includes the appropriate medications.
Start your survival training by contacting the people who work with emergencies every day: police, sheriff’s departments, search and rescue,  and the Red Cross and see if they have gear recommendations.
Leon Pantenburg is a wilderness enthusiast, and doesn't claim to be a survival expert or expertise as a survivalist. As a newspaperman and journalist for three decades, covering search and rescue, sheriff's departments, floods, forest fires and other natural disasters and outdoor emergencies, Leon learned many people died unnecessarily or escaped miraculously from outdoor emergency situations when simple, common sense might have changed the outcome.
Leon now teaches common sense techniques to the average person in order to avert potential disasters. After graduating from Iowa State University, Leon completed a six-month, 2,552-mile solo Mississippi River canoe trip from the headwaters at Lake Itasca, Minn., to the Gulf of Mexico. His wilderness backpacking experience includes extended solos through Yellowstone’s backcountry; hiking the John Muir Trail in California, and numerous shorter trips along the Pacific Crest Trail. Some of Leon's canoe trips include sojourns through the Okefenokee Swamp and National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia, the Big Black River swamp in Mississippi and the Boundary Waters canoe area in northern Minnesota and numerous small river trips in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. Since 1991, Leon has been an assistant scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 18 in Bend, and is a scoutmaster wilderness skills trainer for the Boy Scouts’ Fremont District.
Leon earned a second degree black belt in Taekwondo, and competed in his last tournament (sparring and form) at age 49. Once you have the essentials covered, add personal hygiene and sanitation items to the kit — large trash bags and cans, toilet paper and household liquid chlorine laundry bleach. I have honestly never been more scared than when I was on the second floor of our house with two little children and I felt the house move.
Almost as important as being somewhere safe is knowing how to turn off the gas line at your home if you have one. Bug-out bags for earthquake locations have to be placed somewhere that can be easily accessed if a house collapses on it. I hope you never feel the earth move under your feet, but if you live in an area where it could happen, please take the time to be prepared. There may be links in the post above that are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission, which does not affect the price you pay for the product.
Sarah Anne Carter is a freelance writer, stay-at-home mother, military “brat” and military wife.
For those who want to be really prepared, have a grab-and-go backpack hanging near your bed with gloves, a jacket, dust masks, and a change of clothes.
Now we live in Oklahoma and my husband felt so relieved that we weren’t going to have to strap anything…until we started having earthquakes here too!
Hopefully, you have some shoes, socks, a headlamp, and gloves under your bed in case a quake happens at night.
There has been a tremendous number of earthquakes that began early during 14-Nov, and are ongoing at this moment. This earthquake swarm is occurring right now, and is happening right in the middle of major oil and freight transit sea lanes, the busiest in the world. The earthquake swarm location is at a tectonic plate boundary region where the Arabia plate meets the Somalia plate and the Nubia plate. What seems out of the ordinary, is how so many of the earthquakes have been at a 10 km depth. Update, 15-Nov, 1500 UTC, three additional earthquakes rumbled near magnitude 5 within 30 minutes of each other,  bringing the current total count up to 42.


The earthquake swarm just off the southeast coast of Yemen is actually located on the Aden Ridge. During 2005 in an area just 400 km from the current Aden Ridge earthquakes, a 35 mile stretch of land suddenly ripped open in Ethopia as two parts of the African continent pulled apart.
Not long after, a University of Rochester study, apparently published in an issue of Geophysical Research Letters, suggests that boundaries along the edges of tectonic ocean plates may suddenly break apart in large sections, instead of little by little as has been predominantly believed. Could the earthquake swarm that we are witnessing, be a precursor to an undersea tear in the Gulf of Aden Ridge?
Look at this image showing the tectonic plate boundary and see how a larger cluster of earthquakes occurred to the north on the Arabian Plate, while a smaller group occurred on the Somalian Plate. Here is a different view, showing more of a topographical map structure under the sea, and Gulf of Aden. Update, 24-Nov, although the swarm frequency of occurrence is negligible at this time,  after 2 quiet days, another earthquake at 10 km depth brings the total to 53. Here is a map of the Yemen – Gulf of Aden earthquakes which shows more specific location detail. There might be an answer, CERN has started in the last 2 days massive collisions of lead hadrons in bunches of 121 (billions of them).
Yes, this is very unusual for that region to encounter such a swarm, all of quite moderate magnitude, in such a short time. Having said that, the location is right at a major tectonic zone, so this seems to indicate something may be ready to rip right about there. In 2009 there was a rift formation in Ethiopia that is just inland from where the swarm is forming. I think the reason they all keep showing up as 10KM is because that’s the default preset depth shown when the depth is unknown. Also, we certainly are not looking for catastrophe here, but do enjoy observing the wonders of nature. Yesterday and today 14 and 15 November 2010 I feel my building shaking in Aden, Steamer Point, what is going on? The accuracy of determining the depth of the earthquake is proportionate to the number of seismographs in the area and their distance from the epicenter. In any case, the earthquakes could be caused by magma coming through the surface at the bottom of the sea…a reason speculated for the swarm off Oregon a couple years back. There will wars and rumours of wars, signs in the heavens, moon sun and stars, earthquakes in different places (and intensifying) and then the end will come.
It looks like a new DUMB (Deep Underground Military Base) constructed in a jiffy, with a ground access entrance in Yemen, and a high-speed subway leading to the main chambers beneath the sea floor.
All your thoughts and info are true and as some have said it may be just plain old reliable nature. While the depths may be default values, there may also be a layer of strata that is being torn apart. I’ve checked the IRIS database, around Borama, and the latest earthquakes appear to be around 2006. Survival blog topics for a life of preparedness and risk awareness; emergency and disaster or threats thereof. Earthquakes are among the most destructive natural disasters and can be some of the most terrorizing due to their unpredictable nature.
Earthquakes happen mainly near the edges of tectonic plates as people in California are well aware of, but they can happen just about anywhere. Earthquakes cannot be predicted, but your chances of survival are much better if you prepare in advance and you know what to do in case an earthquake strikes. Step 2: Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency. Step 4: Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance. Step 6: Improve safety after earthquakes by evacuating if necessary, helping the injured, and preventing further injuries or damage. Restore daily life by reconnecting with others, repairing damage, and rebuilding community.
Residents who need shelter are urged to contact the American Red Cross at 909-888-1481 extension 7231 or 909-380-7230. Risks of flooding and mudslides are higher in areas that have recently experienced wildfires.
Sheriff’s deputies and County firefighters are practicing procedures for swift water rescue training. Steps you take today and in the following days will affect your family’s ability to get back to normal sooner after the next major earthquake.
Some departments followed that exercise with a fire following an earthquake drill and evacuation.
Geological Survey is reporting that a strong magnitude-7.4 earthquake has struck off the coast of El Salvador and a tsunami warning has been issued. We offer individuals, communities, governments, and businesses with ready-to-use emergency supplies for surviving a catastrophic event like the recent earthquake in Chile or the disaster in Japan..
The experts at Earthquakestore have ready made survival supplies, disaster supplies, and emergency gear to help you survive.. Our disaster preparedeness survival guide will help you protect your family, pets, personal property and home when disaster strikes. On the keyring: LED flashlight, fingernail clippers, whistle, Boy Scout Hot Spark and Classic Swiss Army knife. Of that crowd in the emergency, 10 percent will do the wrong thing, and the other 10 percent will act rationally, based on the training they have acquired. I have carried this collection in the pocket of a suitcoat, or in my briefcase, but it’s always with me. After all, the earthquake could  happen when you’re in a meeting or away from your desk. I always have (from left) firestarter, charcloth (in a waterproof, plastic bag) and a signal mirror with me. Order everyone to stay out of the building, and if someone insists on going back, order them to stay put. The fire will serve as a rally point, and a gathering place, as you wait for emergency personnel to arrive.
Start with a realistic assessment of your skills and needs, then start researching. One size doesn’t fit all – a survival kit that works in the cold northwest will be different than one designed for Florida, and vice versa. Some things, such as fishing hooks, sinkers and line are included because people think they need them. In fact, be leery of any survival website – there are a lot of people out to make a fast buck.
He is an enthusiastic Bluegrass mandolin picker and fiddler and two-time finalist in the International Dutch Oven Society’s World Championships. See the full-page poster version that appeared in the Winter 2012-2013 print edition of the newspaper. The California Emergency Management Agency advises that the first 72 hours after a disaster are critical. Your kit should be easily accessible and have enough supplies for you, your family and pets to survive for at least three days. The American Red Cross advises using 16 drops of bleach per gallon to sterilize any water that’s not bottled. The American Red Cross distributes an iPhone app called Shelter View, for finding out when and where shelters have been opened in your area during disasters.


Earthquake drills are quick and easy to do and should be done often in all different locations so that your whole family can quickly evaluate where the closest safe spot is to them. Garages with no rooms on top of them or sheds may be the easiest places to dig into to find a bug-out bag. Earthquakes can also trigger landslides, avalanches and volcanic eruptions (or vice versa on that one). While she was often prepared for the little things that came up in life, she is learning how to prepare her family for new challenges so they can face an uncertain future with confidence. Keep a pair of sturdy shoes near the bed but not in a place where they might end up with glass shards inside – in other words, if there is a window near your bed don’t put the shoes under it!
Now he’s in the process of bolting that 2×4 again to the wall studs in back of our entertainment unit so that he can attach the webbing straps!
Most people in earthquakes are not injured by structural collapses; they are injured by things falling on them, especially when running outside during a quake.
Subsequent earthquakes have been shaking the ocean floor, some only minutes apart, and some just seconds apart. This ridge separates the Arabian Plate and the Somalia Plate (Somalia Plate is a subplate of the African Plate). There were no earthquakes during the 17th, however 2 additional quakes so far during the 18th has brought the total number to 49. Let us remember that CERN seats in the border of the African plaque where those swarms are happening and this is the strongest swarm on the African plate recorded on modern times. A quick check of the IRIS database shows that there have been some EQ’s there before, however it looks like many or most of them have just occurred today!
My next curiosity is to discover where the oil fields are there, and their depths, while wondering if an undersea volcanic eruption could present an extra hazard. In fact, they were able to determine other seemingly accurate depths throughout the same swarm with similar magnitude earthquakes. There have been some increased earthquake action and Krakatau itself has shown some increased activity lately.
The corporatista propaganda press would inform the people about such an unusual natural occurrence — unless their masters instructed them to disregard the event, as they have. Certainly a better explanation than the sharks having been trained by the Mossad and sent by Israel. The first 50 attendees will receive a personal disaster preparedness kit from California Volunteers. Take this opportunity to evaluate your own personal level of preparedness and determine the steps necessary to better prepare yourself and your family to survive and recover. Don’t pay attention to the members of the 10 percent who want to do something stupid. Don’t take any recommendations at face value, unless the source has been proven to be reliable. Every technique, piece of equipment or skill recommended on this website has been thoroughly tested and researched. Electricity, gas and water may be unavailable and first responders will be busy focusing emergency services on the most serious crises.
The California Emergency Management Agency breaks down kits into: essentials, sanitation, safety and comfort, cooking and tools and supplies.
If you just moved to an area that is in an earthquake zone, you need to know how to prepare for an earthquake. Know where the gas shutoff valve is and have the right tool somewhere outside to use to turn it off. If your home is severely damaged, there is a good chance your vehicle may be, too, along with local roads. NEVER hang anything over the bed – no matter how pretty you think it looks to have a candelabra there. Actually, my parents did not implement many of these until after they were affected by a moderate quake (I was not living at home then) and had more losses than they should have, such as china and glass. I wonder exactly where, and how deep the oil and gas fields are in the region, and what affect or hazard that an undersea volcanic eruption would present to that region. The more recent earthquakes have varied a bit deeper, while there is one shallow 2.4 km event.
No doubt though, there is and has historically been lots of activity to the north at the plate boundary running through the Gulf of Aden. Now, you will need to rely on the rest of your survival training and follow the plan you made.
We were living in Alaska and I knew we lived in an earthquake prone area, so I knew what to do, but I will never forget that feeling in the pit of my stomach when the house shook. Young children can be taught the importance of running to their parents in emergency situations. It’s good to know how to turn off your electricity and water, too, until after you inspect all the damage in the area.
Know where the stairs are in case of electrical failure, in which case the elevators will not work. Think of emergency food as well, and a week’s worth of any prescription medications as well as a spare pair of glasses or contact lenses. Then add in the disruption of shipping in that area, the outcome would be horrendous, at best. Use a certain phrase that catches their attention to have them come to you so you can get them to safety. If you live near a volcano, consider having air masks for people and air filters for your car – a vehicle can only drive so far if it’s sucking up ash.
As with any emergency plan, have a contact person for the family who lives in a different place, such as out-of-state. Use childproof latches inside cabinet or cupboard doors, they will help keep china or glass from flying out and smashing on the floor.
I went to work every day with a box in my car containing water, granola bars, a jacket, set of clothes such as jeans and shirt which I could change into if necessary, and a pair of sturdy shoes in case something happened and I had to walk home. 12 at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, 12505 Cultural Center Drive in Rancho Cucamonga.
There are webbing straps available many places, including Home Depot and Lowe’s, which will anchor your television and computer equipment. Any tall item should be bolted to a wall stud with an L bracket, this includes bookcases, grandfather clocks, entertainment centers, tall bureaus and china cabinets. Water heaters should also be strapped to wall studs if they are inside the house – strap kits are available at home improvement centers.
A safer place for a water heater in earthquake country is outside the house in its own cabinet.
If you live in a home with a crawlspace underneath, be sure that your house is bolted to the foundation. You might have an old sliding glass door which is not safety glass; there is a film which can be attached to older doors which will stabilize the glass in case it breaks.




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