Prepare

WEBPAGE MALTISE PREPARE

PREPARE

One of the functions of the Temecula Citizen Corps (TCC) is to instruct the citizens of Temecula on how to prepare for disasters that impact the city. It is incumbent upon the citizen to take the personal responsibility to actually prepare. Personal responsibility encourages citizens to:

  • Develop a household preparedness plan
  • Prepare disaster supply kits
  • Observe home health and safety practices
  • Implement disaster mitigation measures
  • Take classes in
    • Emergency preparedness and response capabilities
    • First Aid and Stop the Bleed
    • CPR
    • Fire suppression
    • Search and rescue procedures

PREPAREDNESS PLAN 

ARC Disaster PlanThe American Red Cross (ARC) has an information pamphlet on how to prepare a household preparedness plan. The first three steps are:

1. With your family or household members, discuss how to prepare and respond to the types of emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play.

2. Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and how you will work together as a team.

3. Practice as many elements of your plan as possible. 

The template for creating a family disaster plan can be found here.

Plan for the following types of emergencies that could possibly affect the City of Temecula:

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  • Earthquake
  • Drought
  • Extreme heat
  • Flood
  • Power outage
  • Chemical Hazard
  • Terrorism
  • Thunderstorm 

You should plan for what to do in case you are separated during an emergency. The ARC has an Emergency Contact Card template to be used by each member of the household.   Where do you plan to have your household rendezvous point?

  • Plan what to do if you have to evacuate
  • How to get out of your house in case of a fire
  • Know different routes to take to evacuate from Temecula, work or school
  • Plan for everyone in your home, to include pets
  • Plan to let loved ones know you’re safe

SUPPLIES
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Each household should have enough supplies on hand to last for up to 14 days at a minimum.  It is no longer recommended to have only a 3 days’ worth of supplies. There are many lists available that describe what the individual items are that should be on hand.  Only you can determine what your household’s requirements will be in a disaster. The key requirement is that you have them on hand so you’re not looking at empty store shelves when the disaster is approaching or has occurred—it’s then too late.




GO-BAG

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“Go-bag” is a term used to designate a container for your emergency supplies. It could be a large plastic bin, or more, stored in a location accessible in an emergency.  For most it’s a backpack that can be easily located and allows for a quick evacuation.  Books have been written on what can be a Go-Bag what goes into that Go-Bag. Your list will be what you will need for up to 3 days of being away from home.  Some more long-term items that should be in the bag are copies of your important documents (on a thumb drive?); cash (ATM's may not be available) a first aid kit and medications.   If you have to evacuate to a shelter, having a Go-Bag with you will initially help to adjust as you have your basic requirements with you.  

The City of Temecula offers a Community Preparedness Backpack.


FIRST AID KITS

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A well-stocked first aid kit is a handy thing to have. To be prepared for emergencies:

  • Keep a first aid kit in your home and in your car.
  • Carry a first aid kit with you or know where you can find one.
  • Find out the location of first aid kits where you work. 

First Aid kits come in many shapes and sizes. Your local drug store may sell them. You can also make your own.  The Red Cross recommends that all first aid kits for a family of four include the following:

  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches) 
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes), also found within our Family First Aid Kit 
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch) 
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram) 
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets 
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each) 
  • 1 emergency blanket
  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pair of non-latex gloves (size: large)
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each) 
  • 1 3 in. gauze roll (roller) bandage
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide) 
  • 5 3 in. x 3 in. sterile gauze pads 
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)  
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)
  • 2 triangular bandages 
  • Tweezers
  • Emergency First Aid instructions

ALERT SYSTEM

 Alert phone PIn Temecula there are several ways that you can be notified of pending or ongoing emergencies in our area. The city will attempt to contact you via telephone, cellphone, AM radio (AM 1610), Temecula TV-3, internet and their various social media platforms. Detailed information about these alert notifications can be found at the city’s Office of Emergency Management website under Temecula Alert.  Some of these means of communication require you to register for that medium.

 

  

SAFETY SKILLS

Before a disaster all individuals in the household need to know a few basic pieces of information to protect life and property.   These skills are:

  Gas Meter Valve Utility shut-offs 

Know where the shutoffs for the house’s gas, electricity and water.  Timely action can help mitigate further damage to you and your home. 



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It’s always good to have fire extinguisher handy in your home.  There should be an extinguisher on each floor of your home and everyone should know where it is located.  Just as important, everyone should know how to properly use that fire extinguisher.  A helpful acronym to help remember the procedures is: PASS

P-PULL the retaining pin at the handle of the extinguisher

                     A-AIM the extinguisher nozzle at the base of the fire, not the top.

                     S-SQUEEZE the handle/trigger of the fire extinguisher to activate the flow of the                                                                           extinguishing agent

                     S-SWEEP across the area at the base of the fire until the fire is out 

Don’t forget to call 9-1-1 to get the fire department on site.  If you can, call before you attempt to put out the fire.  If you can’t put it out, the fire department is already on their way. Exercise your home’s fire evacuation plan.

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CPR/AED

 Attend a class on how to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and learn how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).  These classes are offered within the city.  The schedule can be found on the city’s website.

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  Knowing the basics of first aid can help to save your life or someone else’s life.   First aid classes are taught in the city of Temecula and the class schedule can be found on the city’s website