earthquake safety

FROM THE CHIEFS CORNER: WHAT TO DO BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE

August 27, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--With the recent Earthquakes and the anticipation of more aftershocks it’s a good time to review what to do before, during and after an earthquake says East County Magazine’s in-house Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

Before an Earthquake

The following are things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your property in the event of an earthquake.

READER'S EDITORIAL: CHURCH FLAUNTS RULE, SEEKS TO TRIPLE ENROLLMENT FOR CHARTER SCHOOL

 
By Yvonne Merrill
 
 
 
 
October 6, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The Church of Christ on Jackson Drive in La Mesa is renting its building to the Mountain Empire School District for a charter school. Last year the school started with 80 students. Their conditional use permit (CUP) with the City of La Mesa stated a limit of 100 students. This year it enrolled 180. The school requested a change in its CUP at the Planning Commission at the end of August, only a week before school started.

The Planning Commission then passed it on to the La Mesa City Council.  Apparently, the church decided that with or without permission from the City Council  it would enroll as many students as it wanted and that it would not follow law as outlined in the CUP. 
At the City Council meeting, Pastor Troy Wagner asked, "What are we supposed to do? Send 80 students home, 60 of which are La Mesa residents?"  He indicated that they want to enroll 259 students next year.
 

GREAT CALIFORNIA “SHAKE-OUT” DRILLS SET FOR OCT. 21

East County News Service

October 8, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- Do you know how to protect your home and your family when a major quake strikes?  Recent seismic activity in San Diego has shown the importance of being prepared. All County residents are urged to participate in the Great California ShakeOut October 21 at 10:21 a.m. Schools, colleges, businesses, churches, and community organizations can register at www.shakeout.org. To date, more than 6.6 million Californians have registered to participate; over 530,000 are from San Diego County.

 

Here are tips from Shakeout on what to do -- and what NOT to do in a quake:

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO TO PREPARE FOR A MAJOR QUAKE--BEFORE THE BIG ONE STRIKES?

East County News Service

 

July 10, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Fault lines in and near East County have become more active since the Easter earthquake in Mexico.  Both the San Jacinto and Elsinore faults have potential for a quake measuring 7.0 or higher, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.  Fortunately, planning and identifying  hazards ahead of time can reduce risk of serious harm before an earthquake hits.

 

For example, repairing deep plaster cracks in ceilings and foundations, anchoring overhead lights to the ceiling, and upgrading to meet local seismic building standards help reduce the impact of a quake. Creating an emergency supply kit and a family evacuation plan are also important.  Below are earthquake safety tips providing by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that you can take now—before a major quake hits our region.

WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF A BIG QUAKE HITTING YOUR AREA? FIND OUT--AND LEARN KEY SAFETY TIPS

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

July 9, 2010 (San Diego's East County)  -  What are the odds of a big quake striking your community?  Now there's a website where you can type in your zip code and learn the probability of a major quake striking in the near or distant future.

I typed in my own zip code (91941 La Mesa) and was startled to learn that the odds of a 6.0 magnitude quake or greater striking within the next 10 years is 50%--and in some nearby towns the chances are even greater. 

What should you do to stay safe when an earthquake strikes?

SAFETY TIPS FOR EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS

 

March 29, 2010 (San Diego) -- Following recent minor earthquakes in our region and the recent devastating quakes in Haiti and Chile, Southern California Gas Co. (The Gas Company) advises that advance preparation is critical in getting ready for the next major earthquake. The Gas Company offers these safety tips to help reduce the chance of injuries or property damage from the next quake:

DID YOU FEEL THAT? EARTHQUAKES -- AND WHAT TO DO WHEN ONE STRIKES

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February 17, 2010 (San Diego's East County) --- Early last Sunday morning, a magnitude (M)4.5 earthquake along with subsequent aftershocks struck Baja California, Mexico.  It was felt in East County and as far north as Oceanside. 

 

Although we experience these temblors often, it is beneficial to know what to do if we find ourselves inside a building while at work, enjoying a meal at a restaurant, taking in the latest blockbuster movie at the theatre, or cheering on our favorite team in the stadium.