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Earthquake Preparedness in Riverside City
Photo by Fema News Photo- The devastation after the San Francisco earthquake in 1989
Tuesday, October 17, 1989:
A powerful 6.9 earthquake shook San Francisco for a minimum of ten consecutive seconds...
It was during the Game 3 warm-up. Some 12,000 homes were wrecked beyond habitability. Natural gas lines ruptured and set fires to buildings in the Marina district.
Earthquakes can collapse buildings and cause heavy items to fall, resulting in injuries and property damage.
We all know that earthquakes are a common occurrence in California and other parts of the West Coast regions, but earthquakes can happen at any time of the year and occur without warning. After the initial earthquake, the aftershock may follow. Most are smaller than the initial earthquake but larger magnitude aftershocks also occur. Earthquakes may cause household items to become dangerous projectiles; cause buildings to move off foundations or collapse, damage utilities, roads and structures such as bridges and dams, or cause fires and explosions. They may also trigger landslides, avalanches, and tsunamis.
SERVPRO of West Riverside City wants to emphasize the importance of preparation before an earthquake strike. By making an effort to be prepared and having a plan of action in place, you can lessen the impact a disaster might have on you, your home and your family.
Learn and follow these steps now to PREPARE before, during, and after an earthquake.
What to Do Before an Earthquake:Make sure you have a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight, and extra batteries at home.Secure items that could fall or move and cause injuries or damage such as; bookshelves, picture frames, mirrors, light fixtures, televisions, computers, hot water heaters, etc.Learn how to turn off the gas, water, and electricity.Make up a plan of where to meet your family after an earthquake.Don’t leave heavy objects on shelves as they can fall during an earthquake.Learn the earthquake plan at your school or workplace.
What to Do During an Earthquake:Stay calm and stay put.If you’re indoors, DROP to the ground; take COVER by crawling under a sturdy table or stand in a doorway. If under a desk or heavy table, cover your head and neck with your arms and HOLD ON until the shaking stops.If there isn’t a desk or sturdy table nearby, crawl away from windows, next to an interior wall. Stay away from glass, windowsIf you’re outdoors, stay away from building, trees, power lines or anything that might fall.If you’re driving, move away from overpasses, stop slowly in a safe area and stay in your vehicle.Don’t use elevators (they’ll probably get stuck anyway). Don’t run out of the building during the shaking as objects may be falling off the building and cause serious injuries or death.
What to Do After an Earthquake:When the shaking stops, check yourself and others for injuries.If the building is damaged, safely evacuate, go to an open space away from damaged areas.Check water, gas, and electric lines for damage. If any are damaged, shut off the valves to avoid fire and hazardous leaks.Be careful of around broken glass and debrisInspect your chimneys for unnoticed damaged that could lead to fires.Stay away from beaches. Tsunamis sometimes hit after the ground has stopped shaking.If you’re at school or work, follow the emergency plan or the instructions of the person in charge.
If your home or business suffers from earthquake damage, call our professionals at SERVPRO of West Riverside City. We can respond quickly and help make disasters, "Like it never even happened."
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SERVPRO is a Proud Sponsor of the First Responder’s Bowl
SERVPRO First Responder Bowl at Cotton Bowl Stadium
SERVPRO of West Riverside City is excited to announce that the Cotton Bowl Stadium football bowl game in f Dallas has been renamed the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl!
We’re proud to honor and support the service of all America’s First Responders. These brave men and women keep our communities safe every day of the year. First Responders include firefighters, police, EMS workers, military members, and more.
Kickoff is set for December 26, 2018 at 12:30 P.M. Central. ESPN will televise the game, and tickets go on sale in September.
"We are proud to present the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl dedicated to honoring some of the hardest working men and women in our country," says CEO of SERVPRO Industries, Sue Steen. "We recognize the dedication and selfless acts of our First Responders and are honored to help highlight and celebrate the commitment of these everyday heroes."
The 2018 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is part of almost 90 years of history of games played at Cotton Bowl Stadium on the grounds of Fair Park in Dallas.
“This is an exciting change, and we are humbled by the fact that an actual bowl game has been named exclusively for the first responders of this country,” says Dallas Fire Rescue Fire Chief David Coatney.
“We are truly honored to have a bowl game here in Dallas named after the hard working men and women serving and protecting communities across this country. It always feels great to be recognized, and I know our officers and firefighters are touched by this overwhelming show of support,” says Dallas Police Chief, Ms. Renee Hall.
SERVPRO has always had a very special relationship with America’s First Responders and we have a deep and strong appreciation for their efforts. Many times we follow them as “second responders” after fires, storms and other emergencies. It is a tremendous privilege to honor these brave men and women and spotlight their service and sacrifices made for us all. It’s hard to think of a more appropriate cause or a more appropriate sponsor for this game.
Visit First Responder Bowl for information as it becomes available.
Emergency Preparedness Month-Life Saving Skills for Riverside City
What You Should Know About Life Saving Skills
- Know basic preparedness skills to protect your family and home.
- Eliminate common electrical and fire hazards around your house and property.
- Install smoke, carbon monoxide, and natural gas alarms and test them monthly.
- Teach children what to do when they hear smoke, carbon monoxide, and natural gas alarms.
- Place natural gas detectors on every level of your home and test them monthly.
- Know how to turn off utilities like natural gas in your home.
- Talk to your landlord or building manager about evacuation routes and fire safety.
- Develop and practice a family communication plan and discuss it with your family.
- Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
- Pay attention to alerts and warnings.
- Know two ways out of your home in the event of a fire and practice evacuation plans.
- Set some money aside from your income in case of an emergency.
. Fire Safety
- Do a fire drill with your children regularly.
- Make sure your family knows two ways out of your home.
- Identify two ways out of every room when making your fire escape plan.
- Meet with your landlord or building manager to learn about the fire safety features in your apartment building.
- #DidYouKnow your apartment building should hold a fire drill with residents once a year? You should participate.
- Know your apartment building’s evacuation plan, in case of a fire.
- Identify each exit in your apartment building before an emergency like a fire.
- Memorize the number in case you have to find the exit in the dark.
- Talk to your family about what they should do in a fire.
- Put smoke, carbon monoxide, and natural gas alarms on every level of your home and close to bedrooms.
- Be sure your smoke, carbon monoxide, and natural gas alarms work by testing them monthly.
- Get a smoke, carbon monoxide, and natural gas alarm with flashing lights or vibrating signals if you’re deaf or hard of hearing.
- Keep electrical cords tangle free to help prevent possible fires.
- Remove electrical cords from under a carpet or rug. It is a fire hazard!
- Do not overload power strips. This can cause a fire.
- Create or update your emergency supplies with this list: Build a Kit
- Get ahead of the next disaster by making sure you have emergency supplies: Build a Kit
- Gather the supplies you may need if there is a power outage Build a Kit
- Have emergency supplies at home in case there is a power outage.
- Learn what supplies you may need when a power outage happens at Power Outage
- Stock up on batteries for flashlights, radios, medical devices, and phones in case there is a power outage.
- Always have extra batteries in your emergency kit: Build a Kit
- Ask your doctor or health care provider about how you can prepare for a power outage if you have medical needs.
- Make sure your loved ones who use medical equipment can keep using it if there is a power outage.
- Have medication for at least three days in your emergency supplies.
- If you have medical needs and rely on medical equipment, make a plan before a power outage or other emergency: Home Medical Devices That Require Electricity
- Keep water, non-perishable food and other supplies at home.
- Check the expiration date on your emergency supplies, and replace any old items.
- Protect your family by putting natural gas detectors in your home.
- Install natural gas detectors throughout your house.
- If you live in an apartment, talk to your building manger or landlord about how to turn off the gas in an emergency.
- Carbon monoxide is deadly, colorless, and odorless. Put natural gas detectors in your home to detect carbon monoxide.
- If you ever smell natural gas, Get Out! Call 9-1-1 once you get to a safe distance from your house.
- Know how to turn off the gas in your home in case you ever have a gas emergency.
- #DidYouKnow most natural gas detectors can detect propane and carbon monoxide? Select a detector that can handle both.
- Get a detector that can check for several types of gases including natural, propane, and carbon monoxide.
- Save money and get a natural gas detector that can check for propane and carbon monoxide too.
- Gas shut-off procedures vary by gas meter. Learn your proper shut off procedure and tell everyone in your household.
- Practice the proper gas shut-off procedure for your unit, BUT do not actually turn off the gas when practicing.
- If you turn off the gas in an emergency, get a qualified professional to turn it back on.
- Know your alerts and warnings. Download the FEMA app to stay informed: Mobile App#LifeSavingSkills
- Have a plan before an emergency. Get prepared at Checklist
- Keep important documents in a safe place like a waterproof and fireproof safe or box.
- Discuss with your family how you will communicate if there is an emergency.
- Decide and practice your emergency plan with your family.
- Know several evacuation routes before an emergency happens.
- Houses, apartments, and high-rise buildings have different evacuation considerations. Make a plan for each: ready.gov/plan-for-locations
- If you live in a mobile home, create an emergency plan that includes alternate shelter locations and practice getting there.
- Ask your neighbor about their plans during an emergency. You may be able to work together.
- Know where all the exit doors and stairs are on your apartment floor. Put this info in your emergency plan.
- Save for a rainy day, you never know when it may pour. Here’s how: Financial Preparedness#LifeSavingSkills
- Emergencies will happen, but your savings can be your fall back plan. Start saving today!
- Create a budget that includes putting money into an emergency fund every month. Financial Preparedness
- Pay yourself first! Before you spend, put a little bit of it in your savings account. Financial Preparedness#LifeSavingSkills
- 56% of adults can cover a $400 emergency. Be part of the growing number who are savers and have an emergency fund.
- Life can be unpredictable. It pays to have an emergency fund for when life happens.
- Teach your kids this simple Life Saving Skill: save some money now to be one-step ahead when an emergency hits.
- Your emergency savings can help you get life saving items like food, shelter, and water in an emergency. Saving Tips: Financial Preparedness
- Saving money is not only a good practice, but puts you in a position to help loved ones and your community after a disaster. Learn to save: Financial Preparedness
Build A Kit
Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. Headed to the store? Download a printable version to take with you. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets, or seniors.
After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.
Basic Disaster Supplies Kit
To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
- Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
Download the Recommended Supplies List (PDF)
Additional Emergency Supplies
Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:
- Prescription medications
- Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
- Glasses and contact lense solution
- Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Cash or traveler's checks
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
- Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
Maintaining Your Kit
After assembling your kit remember to maintain it so it’s ready when needed:
- Keep canned food in a cool, dry place
- Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers
- Replace expired items as needed
- Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.
Kit Storage Locations
Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and vehicles.
- Home: Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.
- Work: Be prepared to shelter at work for at least 24 hours. Your work kit should include food, water and other necessities like medicines, as well as comfortable walking shoes, stored in a “grab and go” case.
- Vehicle: In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car.
Find out more about our Emergency Ready Profile.
It is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile, your business or home will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you get your property back in working order.
Call us for more Information.
National Emergency Preparedness Month in West Riverside City
An earthquake is the sudden, rapid shaking of the earth, caused by the breaking and shifting of underground rock. Earthquakes can cause buildings to collapse and cause heavy items to fall, resulting in injuries and property damage. Earthquakes can:
Happen anywhere – though higher risk areas include California, Alaska, and the Mississippi Valley;
Happen without warning;
Cause fires and damage roads; and
Cause tsunamis, landslides, and avalanches.
If an earthquake happens, protect yourself right away. Drop, Cover, then Hold On!
If in a vehicle, pull over and stop.
If in bed, stay there.
If outdoors, stay outdoors.
Do not get in a doorway.
Do not run outside.
HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN AN EARTHQUAKE THREATENS
- Secure items, such as televisions, and objects that hang on walls. Store heavy and breakable objects on low shelves.
- Practice Drop, Cover, then Hold On with family and coworkers. Drop to your hands and knees. Cover your head and neck with your arms. Crawl only as far as needed to reach cover from falling materials. Hold on to any sturdy furniture until the shaking stops.
- Create a family emergency communications plan that has an out-of-state contact. Plan where to meet if you get separated.
- Make a supply kit that includes enough food and water for at least three days, a flashlight, a fire extinguisher, and a whistle. Consider each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.
- Consider obtaining an earthquake insurance policy. Standard homeowner’s insurance does not cover earthquake damage.
- Consider a retrofit of your building to correct structural issues that make it vulnerable to collapse during an earthquake.
Drop, Cover, then Hold On like you practiced. Drop to your hands and knees. Cover your head and neck with your arms. Hold on to any sturdy furniture until the shaking stops. Crawl only if you can reach better cover without going through an area with more debris.
If in bed, stay there and cover your head and neck with a pillow.
If inside, stay there until the shaking stops. DO NOT run outside.
If in a vehicle, stop in a clear area that is away from buildings, trees, overpasses, underpasses, or utility wires.
If you are in a high-rise building, expect fire alarms and sprinklers to go off. Do not use elevators.
If near slopes, cliffs, or mountains, be alert for falling rocks and landslides.
Be Safe AFTER
- Expect aftershocks to follow the largest shock of an earthquake.
- Check yourself for injury and provide assistance to others if you have training.
- If in a damaged building, go outside and quickly move away from the building.
- Do not enter damaged buildings.
- If you are trapped, cover your mouth. Send a text, bang on a pipe or wall, or use a whistle instead of shouting so that rescuers can locate you.
- If you are in an area that may experience tsunamis, go inland or to higher ground immediately after the shaking stops.
- Save phone calls for emergencies.
Once safe, monitor local news reports via battery operated radio, TV, social media, and cell phone text alerts for emergency information and instructions.
Use extreme caution during post-disaster clean-up of buildings and around debris. Do not attempt to remove heavy debris by yourself. Wear protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, work gloves, and sturdy, thick-soled shoes during clean-up.
The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.
As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
Are You Ready?
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile
Advantage A no cost assessment of your facility. – This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost. A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
– It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed. A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
– This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action. Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
– You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by. Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
– This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money. Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
– Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”
Call Us Today To Get Started!
National Preparedness Month in West Riverside
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM)
Recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This National Preparedness Month will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.
Take time to learn lifesaving skills − such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornadoes. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas.
The devastating hurricanes and wildfires of 2017 reminded the nation of the importance of preparing for disasters. Often, we will be the first ones in our communities to take action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, so it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community.
This year for National Preparedness Month, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. “Disasters happen” and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes. You can take simple steps:
* Plan to stay in business
* Encourage your employees to become ready
* Protect your investment
We must work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, places of worship and neighborhoods are ready. At Ready.gov/business, companies can find vital information on how to begin preparing their organization and addressing their unique needs during an emergency. You can also contact SERVPRO West Riverside City to find out more on how to be ready when disaster strikes with the Emergency READY Program.
Keep your family safe. Install natural gas detectors throughout your house.#PrepareNow #NatlPrep
Commit to learning and sharing life-saving emergency skills with the
#UntilHelpArrives training http://go.usa.gov/x5Xcm #PrepareNow
What’s deadly, colorless, and odorless?
Carbon monoxide. Protect your family by installing a carbon monoxide detector #PrepareNow #NatlPrep
Do you know how to turn off the gas in your home? Learn how to in case you ever have a gas emergency in your home. #NatlPrep
Be prepared for a power outage by having enough food, water, & medicine to last for at least 72 hours: www.ready.gov/kit #PrepareNow
Whether you need batteries for your remote or flashlight, always make sure you have spare batteries handy in an emergency: www.ready.gov/kit #PrepareNow #NatlPrep
Never use candles for emergency lighting. Use flashlights and stock up on extra batteries. #PrepareNow #NatlPrep
Do you have emergency supplies? Get ahead of the next storm or wildfire by making sure you’re ready in case you are asked to leave your home: www.ready.gov/kit #PrepareNow
Replace all home smoke alarms when they are 10 years old. #PrepareNow #NatlPrep
Put smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them monthly. #PrepareNow #NatlPrep
Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop. #PrepareNow #NatlPrep
Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from your furnace, water heater, and other heat-generating equipment. #PrepareNow #NatlPrep
Have chimneys and vents cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional at least once a year to prevent home fires. #PrepareNow #NatlPrep
Practice how to “Drop down onto your hands and knees. Cover your head and neck with your arms. Hold on to any sturdy covering until the shaking stops. More info at www.ready.gov/earthquake#PrepareNow
Do you know what to do when an emergency happens? Learn actions to save a life
#UntilHelpArrives: https://community.fema.gov/until-help-arrives #PrepareNow
Giving CPR to a person struck by lightning can save their life. Learn how to perform Hands-Only and how to use an AED to prepare for a health emergency. #PrepareNow
Celebrate National Wildlive Week
This week we can all join the annual celebration of National Wildlife Week!
The rich history of National Wildlife Week dates all the way back to its first celebration in 1938. As our longest-running education program, National Wildlife Week connects budding conservationists of all ages to the awesome wonders of wildlife. Now more than ever, these connections serve as a vital component to recovering our nation’s most vulnerable wildlife.
For people across the nation, this week is a chance to learn more about the incredible animals native to North America, their habitats, and how we can help them thrive. This year we’re highlighting some of those species as we hit the road to the Final Fur and providing educational resources for students to take action in order to save our treasured species.
Read more on www.nwf.org
Cat Photo Shoot On Fire Job
Blair hopped on our Crew Chief Gary while at work to keep him company and on task!
We get to meet many people from many walks of life in our line of work. That also includes pets and animals!
Meet Blair, The true supervisor on this project keeping Gary on task with the occasional hop onto his shoulders for a quick photo shoot. She liked being around us and would allow us to work but would rest nearby to be able to keep an eye on things at all times. Graciously jumping from one high place to the next was simply part of the fun that a cat supervisor undergoes. At lunch time we would go outside and Blair would have her fun climbing trees and catching bees and other bugs. I must admit that even though I am a dog person, this cat has won us over with her cool and calm personality. Thank you for keeping us company Blair!
What was not as cute however, was the fire restoration work we were doing at this property due to a bathroom exhaust fan malfunctioning. More an that in a following post. Thumbs up for Blair...
Trapped Kittens Rescued!
Gary and the kittens...
SERVPRO of West Riverside City answers the call to another disaster. Only this time, there was a little difference in store for us...
As Crew Chief Gary begins the work needed on a large commercial building basement, he catches the sound every cat lover knows, a faint meow. As he follows the sound he pinpoints it to be between the basement concrete walls in a very tight area. Did this stop Gary from helping? Nope. He made his way into the wall cavity and followed it until he came across confirmation to what the sounds were. He finds three kittens that were cut off from the outside world. Access was no longer available to them so they were safely removed and taken to safety. They don't teach you that in restoration class, Great job Gary!!
SERVPRO of West Riverside City Cares!
Canine Angles team along with Calypso and JJ receive a gift from our very own Christopher!
Helping Weave The Fabric of Our Community
Being a local franchise of the Riverside area in CA, we get to experience the community first hand. We are professionals trained to perform our professional services, but we also care for our clients and community. When we heard of an organization called "Canine Angles Service Team" helping our local and neighboring communities, we had to take a closer look. We liked what we found and decided to help them make a change and deliver a good impact to the life of others.
Canine Angles Service Team is a company that provides highly trained service dogs specifically to children. We were touched by the help and joy that this organization brings to others and decided to seize the opportunity to help them with their quest to bring service along with a smile to our community. We were able to make a very nice contribution to their work and even though we did not expect anything in return, we were rewarded with meeting some of the team members which included Calypso and JJ the service buddies! Here is a link to their website should any like to read more about the great service they provide.
Canine Angles Service Team
On behave of SERVPRO West Riverside City, congratulations Canine Angles and keep up the good work!
The grilling fun isn't over!
Here are a few simple tips to keep in mind this summer while cooking...
Emergency Preparedness Checklist
Emergency Preparedness Checklist
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