PREPAREDNESS

The California Earthquake Alliance has developed seven steps for earthquake safety. "Step 4" is to make preparations for the aftermath of a disaster.

 Geologist Lori Dengler recommends working toward minimizing potential financial hardship following an earthquake by strengthening your home and considering insurance. Check out Living On Shaky Ground for more information. 

The California Earthquake Alliance has developed seven steps for earthquake safety. 

Geologist Lori Dengler emphasizes "step 2": Make an earthquake or disaster plan.


Living With Wildfire: Are You Prepared?

Oct 19, 2017

Recent catastrophic fires driven by hot, dry winds destroyed nearly 6,000 homes and businesses in Northern California. More than 40 people died and many are still missing, and thousands are homeless and/or jobless.

Across California and the West, many communities are more vulnerable than we realize, given the buildup of fuels over the past hundred years. Even damp coastal redwood forests have seen major wildfires, as evidenced by the massive fire scars on ancient trees.

Today my guests are two local experts in community fire preparedness. Cybelle Immitt is a planner with the Humboldt County Public Works Department. Tracy Katelman is a forester and founder of ForEverGreen Forestry based in Eureka, California and Pucón, Chile. They are launching a series of community workshops on fire preparedness that will be held in 14 communities around the county from Oct. 26 to Dec. 6.

Geologist Lori Dengler encourages all of us to take part in the Great California ShakeOut Drill, an annual event to practice what to do when you feel an earthquake.

Click here for details on the ShakeOut and more emergency preparedness information.