Community Emergency Rescue Team  (CERT)
Emergency Preparedness Community Guide for Seniors & People with Disabilities


This document was produced with the intention of equipping you with the tools and knowledge to help you and your loved ones get started or revamp efforts to prepare for an emergency.  The likelihood that you and your neighbors will recover from an emergency tomorrow often depends on the planning and preparation done today.

You are receiving this guide from the Tara Hills Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). CERT programs are great resources.  It is called the “Buddy System”, which simply means neighbors helping neighbors.  You are not in this alone! Disasters will impact the entire community regardless of income, race or abilities.  The goal is to ensure your safety by taking steps to prepare in advance.

The information on this page is provided from the Contra Costa County Cities Corps/CERT Committee (C8) Seniors and People with Disabilities Subcommittee, the State of California, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) web sites.
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Emergency Preparedness Community Guide
                                                              PREPAREDNESS TIPS: SENIORS

BEFORE A DISASTER:

  • Eliminate Hazards.  Make it easy as possible to quickly get under a sturdy table or desk for protection
  • Anchor special equipment such as telephones and life support systems.  Fasten tanks of gas, such as oxygen, to the wall. 
  • Install latches on all cupboards so that nothing can fall during earthquake. 
  • Keep a Vial of Life- Maintain a list of medications, allergies, special equipment, names and numbers of doctors, pharmacists and family members with you at all times. 
  • Keep walking aids near you at all times.  Have extra walking aids in different rooms of the house.
  • Keep an extra pair of glasses and extra medications with emergency supplies. 
  • Keep extra batteries for hearing aids with your emergency supplies.  Remember to replace them annually. 
  • Put a security light in each room. These lights plug into any outlet and light up automatically if there is a loss of electricity. 
  • Make sure you have a whistle to signal for help. 
  • Prepare to be self-efficient for 7 days. 
  • Find two people you trust who will check on you after an earthquake.  Show them where your emergency supplies are.  Show them how to operate any equipment you use.  Give them a spare key.


DURING AND AFTER A DISASTER:

  • During an earthquake or explosion, if you are in bed or sitting or in a wheelchair stay where you are and protect your head and neck with your arms or pillow.
  • If you are standing, duck and cover or sit down.  You could be thrown to the ground if you are standing.
  • If you take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture, HOLD on to it and be prepared to move with it.  Hold the position until the ground stops shaking and it is safe to move.
  • If you are in a wheelchair, stay in it and go into a doorway that doesn’t have a door. Protect your head and neck with your arms.
  • Stay away from heavy furniture, appliances, large glass panes and shelves holding objects.
  • Turn on your portable radio for instructions or news reports. Know where to get emergency information following a disaster: listen to KCBS 740 AM, tune in to local news stations 2, 4, 5, 7 or call 211. 


PREPARE FOR AFTERSHOCKS: 







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PREPARE FOR AFTERSHOCKS: 

Turn off utilities (Gas, Water, Electricity) Signal to first responders whether you need immediate assistance-you can put an I'm ok/I need help sign in your window..

IF NOT AT HOME:

When in a high rise building, move against an interior wall if you are not near a desk or table.
When on a sidewalk near buildings, duck into a doorway to protect yourself from falling bricks, glass, plaster and other debris.
When in a crowded store or other public place, move away from display shelves, containing objects that could fall.
If driving, pull over to the side of the road and stop.





PLEASE GO TO  http://www.pge.com/en/safety/preparedness/kit/index.page OR USE THE IMPORTANT LINKS PAGE TO LEARN WHAT ITEMS TO STORE FOR ANY EMERGENCY.


 


 

Turn off utilities (Gas, Water, Electricity) ,  see your meter spinning or if required by your utility company.


IF NOT AT HOME:

When in a high rise building, move against an interior wall if you are not near a desk or table.
When on a sidewalk near buildings, duck into a doorway to protect yourself from falling bricks, glass, plaster and other debris.
When in a crowded store or other public place, move away from display shelves, containing objects that could fall.
If driving, pull over to the side of the road and stop.





PLEASE GO TO  http://www.pge.com/en/safety/preparedness/kit/index.page OR USE THE IMPORTANT LINKS PAGE TO LEARN WHAT ITEMS TO STORE FOR ANY EMERGENCY.