Being ready for the worst.

We live in the deep parts of California - we can shake, and we can bake, and when the rain does not stop, our roads can slip away.  Life changing earthquakes, storms and other disasters aren't planned ahead,  but planning ahead for your response to disaster will determine how well you, your family and all of us, are able to weather the storm or roll with the quake.

Depending on the type of disaster, City, State and Federal agencies may be called on to secure life and property, and return services to citizens.  However, all residents need to understand that during a major disaster, emergency services may be overwhelmed and it might be several days before our lives are restored. 

Think of it this way, if we see a major fire out our way, our local VFD will be supplemented by our neighbors and the county. But if we the county is hit by a major earthquake, and / or our roads disappear, it will be up to us to help each other out, it may be quite some time before we could expect help from the outside. As residents we should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours after the occurrence of a major disaster. 

To help you become prepared, the FRVFD is organizing a series of Disaster Planning Committees, made up of VFD members and you! If you would like more information on any of the comities or would like to attend our next Disaster Planning meeting, please contact our project coordinator at 847-3659.

You may have also seen the Emergency and Disaster Planning Questionnaire that went out in February of 2007. This is a wonderful start in helping you and your local VFD understand what your needs might be in a major disaster. Please feel free to download a copy of our 2007 letter and contact us with any questions you may have.

Download the 2007 Emergency and Disaster Planning Questionnaire here.

 

Did you know your neighborhood has a disaster phone tree in the works? On July 13, a proposed phone tree was submitted to the public. A link to the proposed phone tree will be ready for your review shortly.

What is a POD? A POD is something you can be a part of to help you both before and after an emergency. Check out this PDF to tell you more.

Did you know that defensible space can be beautiful? It sure can! Click here for a PDF file that explains how.

What about the best fire resistant materials to build a structure with? Here is a great article.

Use these tips and get involved in your local disaster planning to make the next disaster, no matter what size, a little more manageable.