|PERSONAL (RESIDENT) EMERGENCY RESPONSE MEASURES|
Though a resident's response to an emergency will depend on the particular type of emergency and the seriousness of that emergency, it is recommended that each resident be prepared for the worst case scenario and expect that he/she will have to be able to subsist for at least three days. The following should be strongly considered:
|First Aid - Each resident should maintain a First Aid Kit and store it in a sealed container outside of the home. At a minimum, this kit should include Anti-inflammatory Medication (Aspirin, Advil, etc.), Adhesive Tape, Tweezers, Vinyl Gloves, Scissors, Eye Wash, Bandages in Various Sizes, Gauze Pads, Antiseptic Towelettes, Alcohol Pads and Hand Sanitizer. There are many different varieties of First Aid Kits. A first aid kit that is contained in a back pack is preferable since it may be taken with you if you have to evacuate the area. (If you have a backpack, it should also contain food bars or other food items that can easily be stored in the backpack. It should also contain any prescribed medications that you are required to take.) |
Clean Water - Each resident should be able to access at least 1 gallon of clean drinking water per day. Therefore, if there are two residents in a household, at least 6 gallons of clean drinking water should be on hand, well sealed and stored in an exterior container outside of the home.
Nutrition - Optimally, each resident should have enough non-perishable food on hand to last for at least three days. Food bars, canned items, ........ (Don't forget to have utensils necessary to open cans, serve/eat the food, etc.)
Fire Protection/Suppression – Each resident should have at least two 5lb ABC Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers and make sure that they are recharged or replaced on regular intervals; at least every two years. It is likely that structures in the Solera community will not suffer catastrophic damage, even with a very strong earthquake. However, a strong earthquake could very well disrupt gas flow and affect electrical wiring and that, along with other factors, could result in a devastating fire.
|Protection from the Elements/Shelter - Each resident should have two changes of clothes stored in a sealed container. With regard to clothing, consideration should be given to the season and/or weather conditions. Lotions or oils to protect the resident from the sun and insects should also be stored. Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation are important. Protective masks are important in just about any kind of emergency. A tent and sleeping bags are important if the residence is uninhabitable. |
Communication - Members should have battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both. Also, residents should consider having a whistle to signal for help and a cell phone with chargers (maybe a solar charger).
Other - Others things that should be included are a flashlight and extra batteries and a wrench or pliers to turn off utilities. A local map is important and copies of important documents are very important. Solar powered lighting (e.g.: those lights used to light your sidewalk or patio) can come in very handy when electricity is cut off.