This blog is for sharing general, educational information. It is not a source of real time disaster updates or reporting. However, there are links to other sites, conveniently located in the Incident Tracker box to the right of your screen (scroll down).

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Neighborhood Cafe website about saving our fire and EMS service

This is another website that gives more information about the issue and makes it easy to contact your supervisor.

Change.org petition to save 95033 fire and EMS service.

Please sign this petition. The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors will vote on December 13th on a set of proposals, one of which is the elimination of the Santa Cruz County Fire Program.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

LPFR Annual BBQ Fundraiser - Sunday June 5th 11am - 4 pm

Ya'll come on out, see your neighbors, enjoy food, fun, and win great raffle prizes!

Logan Utah Block Captain Manual

Seems like kind of a blend of CERT and MYN (Map Your Neighborhood)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Talking to Kids About Disasters

These are tips from experts on how to talk to kids about the devastating reports and images of disasters they see or hear in the media.

Tsunami definitions

In case you want to study up on the difference between Tsunami Warning, Advisory, Watch, and Information.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Snow Accumulation, Power Outages expected

Click on the index label "preparedness" (to the right and scroll down a bit) to find links to FEMA and Red Cross suggestions for winter storm preparedness.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Free Community Emergecy Response Team Training

Free Community Emergency Response Team classes are coming soon to our local mountain area thanks to the great firefighters at Loma Prieta Fire and Rescue.

These classes are open to all local residents. Don't let the word "Team" deter you. You are encouraged to take the classes even if you do not wish to join the team. It's part of our goal of creating a Culture of Preparedness here in our local mountain community.

You must attend all 3 full days of classes in order to graduate:
9 am - 5 pm each day
September 26, 2010
October 3, 2010
October 10, 2010

To sign up, email:

Class size is limited to 20 participants, so hurry!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

FEMA preparedness site, includes info on floods, storms

After you click on the type of disaster (e.g. flood), you will see on the left a panel on what to do before, during, and after.

Storm Preparedness from the Red Cross

This page offers some tips about how to stay safe during storms...floods, power outages.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

6.5 magnitude earthquake hits the Eureka area, up north

No time like the present to update your disaster supplies and plan.

After a week of earthquake activity on our local East Bay Calaveras Fault, a much larger quake hit the Eureka area up north.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

SJMN Special Section on the Loma Prieta Earthquake

Especially sobering is the pulitzer prize winning slideshow. One caption, from the disaster relief efforts in SF, said "volunteers outnumbered firefighters 10 to 1". It is great to know we have so many local citizens, potential volunteers (CERTs), who have had some training so that we can be safe while helping others.

Also, near the bottom, is a section about Los Gatos and mountains...there is an article about Jim Yoke (Saratoga CERT and Santa Clara County Fire) inspecting the mayor's house for earthquake readiness where Jim is quoted with THE major take-away message from all these anniversary remembrances:

"Loma Prieta was a big quake, but it wasn't the big quake," says Yoke, Santa Clara Fire Department's burly quake marshal, peeking behind one of the paintings attached to the living room wall with brackets. "I can't tell you how many times I've heard people say, 'I'll be all right. My house survived Loma Prieta just fine.' That's the top of the measuring stick in their minds."

Red Cross emergency specific readiness advice

Many sources indicate that we may be in for an El Nino, very wet, storm season. This page at the National Red Cross website offers specific preparedness advice, including landslides, severe thunderstorms, etc. Be sure to see the pdf documents...they offer much more information than the "fast facts" on the left side of the page.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Reverse 911 for Santa Cruz County

If you live in Santa Cruz County, go to this website to register your cell phone so you can get timely emergency information.

Reverse 911 for Santa Clara County residents

Go to this website now to register your phones, email, pda's etc. so you can be contacted with vital emergency information.