May 03

Want to avoid a mess and lessen stress? Put a latch on those cabinets!

Open all your kitchen and other cabinets that don’t have latches. Then picture all those contents going airborne before crashing to the floor. Flying objects as well as toppling furniture are the main causes of injury in earthquakes. Think about it. Besides the injury risk, do you really want to clean up the mess? By putting child-proof or other latches on cabinets you won’t necessarily prevent damage to the contents, but you will, hopefully, reduce the risk of injury and contain the mess to inside the cabinet, thus making post-earthquake clean up a lot easier. Less post-disaster mess will help lower your stress level in what is likely to be a very stressful time.

Find latches a hassle so don’t want to install them? Then at least move your heavier dishes and other cabinet contents to your lower cabinets and shelves. Use the upper shelves and upper cabinets for lighter things that are less likely to harm you if they go airborne and fall. Avoid putting flammable things, like cookbooks and plastic ware, in the cabinets above and right next to your stove. If the quake happens while cooking they can ignite and quickly fuel a fire.

Apr 29

Become a 3 Bucket Family

Why do families need 3 buckets in wide-area disasters?

1. Water… In a major disaster you will want to have one never used bucket with lid to hold drinking water that you may need to collect from local water service holding tanks or emergency water delivery trucks, or to store water after you have purified it. Even if you store a 2 week supply of emergency water for your family, if pipes are damaged in the disaster it may be weeks or months before normal water and sewer services can be restored. During that time you will be getting water from non-traditional sources. Be sure to keep the lid on the water bucket to prevent evaporation and potential loss to spillage.

2. Sewer… Until water AND sewer services are fully restored, you won’t be able to use your toilets. A 5-gallon bucket with lid that is lined with plastic trash bags can become your emergency toilet. When you need to “flush” simply take out the filled trash bag, tie it off and reline the bucked with a new bag. Be sure to keep the lid on the bucket between uses to avoid a potential drowning hazard for small children and pets, and to keep the odor down. Kitty litter sprinkled on the sewage after emergency toilet use can also limit odor.

3. Washing… Whether you need to bathe or wash dishes or clothes, a bucket provides a handy container for those purposes. This washing bucket can also be used if you need to create bucket brigades from neighborhood pools to extinguish or limit the spread of residential or brush fires. This same bucket can also be used to collect and remove debris, especially in aiding search and rescue efforts in the first few days following a major disaster, as well as in the clean up and debris removal during post-disaster recovery.

Apr 20

How to: Drop, Cover, and Hold On!

The ShakeOut campaign and earthquake experts around the globe recommend that as soon as the shaking starts you should Drop to the ground, take Cover under a table or desk (or at least cover your head and neck with your arms and hands), and Hold On! to the leg of the table or desk to keep it over at least your head and neck but preferably over your entire body. Sounds simple enough, but the effectiveness is in the details…

Drop – By dropping to the ground as soon as the shaking starts (NOT waiting to see if the shaking gets worse) you reduce the likelihood of serious injury or even death that can result from trying to stand, walk or run during ground shaking. Immediately drop to your knees in the fetal position and put your hands and arms over the back of your head and neck in an almost butterfly fashion – as if trying to touch the back of each shoulder with the opposite hand.

Do NOT try to run outdoors. The outside walls of buildings take the sheer force of the building’s motion during shaking so are most susceptible to collapse or falling debris from structural damage.

Cover – If possible, try to seek cover under a table or desk to protect you from potential falling debris, toppling furniture, and flying unsecured objects. Ideally get your entire body under the table or desktop. If that is not possible, try to get at least your head and neck under the table, desk or even a chair. Make sure your head and neck are half way between the underside of the table or desktop and the ground – because both will be moving in a major quake and either one can injure you. Stay under cover until the shaking stops. If there is no table or desk near where you dropped to the ground, seek cover next to an inside wall or next to a sofa or chair. Use either the sofa cushion, or your hands and arms as described above, to protect your head and neck. If in bed, stay in bed. Roll into the fetal position and use your bed pillow to protect your head and neck.

Do NOT seek Cover in a doorway. In wood framed homes doorways are less safe than dropping and taking cover next to inside walls or under a table or desk. Running to doorways in public places during a quake cannot only create injuries but potential death from stampede. Exterior wall doorways are most dangerous. If you are in an adobe (mud) or older unreinforced brick building in which the walls are likely to crumble in a major quake, then getting to a doorway may be safer than remaining unprotected. The old “get to a doorway” advice was based on the fact that the doorway is the only wooden structure in adobe (mud) homes and mud crumbles when strongly shaken. Swinging doors and the sheer back and forth motion of the building during shaking have injured many people who have sought refuge in doorways in even moderate quakes.

Hold On! – We mean this literally! If you sought cover under a table or desk, you will want to keep that cover over our body until the shaking stops. Both the ground and the table or desk will be moving. So Hold On! to the leg of the desk or table somewhere above the halfway point of the furniture leg yet NOT at the top. Then do whichever is easier – either Hold On! and crawl along with the furniture as it moves (as long as it is safe to do so), or Hold On! and try to keep the furniture from moving away from you.

When the shaking stops Do NOT be in too big of a hurry to leave your place of cover. Ceiling tiles, light fixtures, and supports for drop ceilings may be dangling at head and eye height. There is also likely to be broken glass and debris all around you. Unsecured furniture may have toppled and be blocking your exit route. So proceed with extreme caution. Remember that strong aftershocks are likely within a matter of minutes after a major quake. You need to be prepared to Drop, Cover and Hold ON! for each aftershock.

But what about that “new” advice in the Triangle of Life email I got??? The Triangle of Life theory has been discredited by experts. Please see:

Apr 20

Preparedness: Where do I start?

Start with yourself:

  • Take inventory of and organize what disaster supplies you already have. Do they include:
    • A supply of emergency drinking water for at least two weeks or a means of purifying water plus a source of water if the water delivery infrastructure fails?  Is at least some of yor water supply portable in case you must evacuate the area?
    • An emergency supply of life-sustaining medications?
    • A first aid kit?
    • A means of protecting yourself from the sun, wind, rain and cold if you must evacuate?
    • An emergency toilet or other means of containing human waste?
    • Comfortable closed toe shoes in case you must walk long distances and/or over debris and broken glass?
    • Will these supplies be readily accessible and portable if you must evacuate and cannot re-enter your home?
    • Do you have stashes of supplies where you spend your time – at home, work, school, and in your vehicle?
  • Make a commitment to yourself to procure needed supplies ASAP.
  • Identify the role(s) you want to be able to play in response to disasters.
    • Do you have the training you need to play those roles without putting yourself or others at risk of injury or death?  Is that training current?
    • Do you have any physical, mental, or emotional challenges that might impair your ability to play those roles?
    • Do you have any special needs that must be met in order for you to respond?  (Like caring for loved ones or pets?) If yes, are you or someone else prepared to meet those needs?
  • Make a commitment to yourself to get the training you need ASAP and to keep your skills current once trained.
  • Do you have a plan as to what you will do if away from home or if your home is unsafe to occupy when disaster strikes?
    • Have you communicated that plan to loved ones?
    • Do you have an out of state contact through whom you can communicate if you must change your plan after the disaster strikes?  Is your out of state contact’s information programmed in your cell phone and/or do you have their phone number memorized?
  • Take the time NOW to develop and communicate your emergency plan and to program emergency contacts under your phone “In Case of Emergency” setting and/or with the letters ICE for local emergency contacts and OOS for “Out Of State” contacts in front of the person’s name.

Once you have prepared yourself, then move on to prepare your family and other loved ones and get involved in making sure your immediate neighbors and local community members are prepared to help one another in major disasters as well as every day emergencies.

Apr 10

Got water?

Did you know you can only survive for 4 days without water?  That’s why trapped victim “rescue” efforts typically become “body recovery” efforts by the 5th day after a disaster.  As we are now seeing in Japan in what are the third and fourth days since the 8.9 quake and tsunami, the most vital need for those who have thus far survived this catastrophe is drinking water.  Because it is winter and we can typically only survive 4 hours without maintaining our body temperature, shelter is also a critical need for survivors.  Most of us can live off of our body fat for 4 weeks, so the need for food is less critical than the need for water.  What the news fails to cover is that in major wide-area disasters like the recent quake in Haiti and now potentially in the northeastern part of Japan, the death toll can and often does rise among those who survive due to lack of available potable drinking water after the quake.

If the San Andreas, San Jacinto, or Elsinore fault were to rupture today, do you have enough stored emergency water to provide your family members at least 1 gallon of water per person per day for at least two weeks? That’s roughly 5 cases of twenty-four 16oz bottles of water per person, and don’t forget your pets.  Those who plan to be active in search and rescue, the elderly, infants and small children and pregnant and nursing mothers need twice that much water.

Bottled water is good for two years from the manufacturer’s bottling date.  A two-week supply will coast you less than $25 per person if you buy it on sale.  Keep a stash in your vehicle, at your desk, under or next to your bed, and where your family spends a lot of their time.  It may save your life.

Mar 12

Recent Quakes – Lessons to Learn

Earthquake news videos and survivor stories from Japan and New Zealand highlight the importance of disaster preparedness and of responding appropriately from the very first second the shaking starts.

New Zealand – The woman rescued from the collapsed downtown Christchurch building 25 hours after their recent aftershock quake took the right action. When the quake struck she immediately got under her desk. Her desk protected her from the collapse that killed many of her co-workers.

Lesson: Don’t let your fear of seeming to over-react cause you to “wait and see if the shaking gets worse” before you Drop, Cover, and Hold On! Such a habitual delay can cost you your life in a major quake.

The elevator cables snapped sending the elevators crashing to the floor of their shafts while the multistory stairway collapsed in another of the downtown buildings. It took more than 4 hours to rescue survivors in that building. Many of the injuries to people on the streets were from facades of buildings breaking off and falling to the ground.

Lesson: You should not try to run out of any building during a quake as you are likely to be hurt. Instead seek cover under a table or desk, or by covering your head and neck while you drop next to an inside wall. Whether inside or outside you should avoid being near the exterior walls of buildings as they are most susceptible to failure in quakes.

Japan – It was seriously disappointing to hear how many people went to stairways to try to evacuate their downtown Tokyo high-rise buildings during the shaking and to see the newsroom folks in what is arguably the best earthquake prepared city in the world, standing and even trying to walk through their office during the shaking. Yes Tokyo was 2-1/2 hours by bullet train from the city closest to the quake epicenter, which was 80 miles off shore, so the quake was not as powerful there, but their response behavior highlights how important it is to educate the people responsible for providing public information in times of disasters as to what they and the general public should do to improve their survivability – which is Drop, Cover, and Hold On! until the shaking stops.

Lesson: Both these examples also point out why you should have a survival kit containing at least a whistle, water, and a space blanket, ideally plus a dust mask and a light stick at your desk (and at least next to your bed and where you watch TV as a family) as well as other places you spend a lot of time and might find yourself when the shaking starts. The whistle allows you to attract rescuers, the water keeps you alive so rescuers have time to get to you, the light stick can light your way so you do not get injured during your evacuation, the space blanket helps you maintain body temperature if you are trapped or stranded away from home – like those folks on rooftops surrounded by tsunami water and wreckage or the millions in downtown Tokyo with no way to get home because the trains are shut down.

Please get or make those survival kits and get in the habit of taking action to protect yourself from the first second the shaking starts. The Pacific Rim’s “Ring of Fire” is definitely on the move and the day will come when “Major quake strikes Southern California” will be the world news headline.

Mar 09

Schools: It’s time to Ask and Tell

As a parent, do you assume that your child’s school has what it needs to respond effectively when disaster strikes, but don’t Ask?  As a teacher or administrator do you know ways your campus preparedness and response readiness could be improved, but don’t Tell?

Children spend a major portion of their week at school and disasters can happen anytime.  School campus preparedness and readiness to respond is an ongoing challenge. Facing that challenge takes the collaborative commitment of parents, teachers and administrators every year.  Parents and/or Parent Teacher groups should take the leading role in procuring the disaster supplies needed for teachers and administrators to effectively care for their children in disasters until they can be safely released. Teachers and administrators should take the time to keep their disaster response skills up-to-date and learn new skills if possible.  After all, they can be victims too, and need to be able to rely on each other to respond.

Here are some questions parents need to Ask administrators:

How can we best help better prepare this campus for emergencies and disasters?

What role(s) would you like parents to play in preparing for and responding to disasters?

Which of the following types of disaster supplies do you already have on campus and which do you not have or need more of?

  • First aid supplies and a means of transporting the injured.
  • How many adults on campus are currently first aid certified?
  • A means of providing shelter from the sun, wind and rain if the safety of structures is uncertain and students can not re-enter buildings.
  • An on-campus supply of water or a plan for how to get water to the campus in disasters – even if the roads are impassable.
  • A supply of drinking water and a means of creating emergency toilet “facilities” with a privacy shield, toilet paper, feminine hygiene product, and hand sanitation supplies in each classroom for lockdowns.  (Feminine hygiene products can be used for wound dressing too.)
  • A plan to evacuate those supplies from the classroom (if safe to do so) when students are evacuated in disasters and/or a separate stash of supplies that are accessible even if buildings are unsafe to re-enter.
  • How many adults on campus are CERT trained?
  • Is there and AED on campus and how many adults on campus are currently certified in CPR and AED use?

Here are some things school administrators need to Tell parents:

Communicate the importance of parents naming at least two people on their child’s emergency release card who can walk to the school, if necessary, within an hour or two to release their child.  Stress the need for them to keep their emergency contact information current.

Give parents (and/or make available on your school web site) an overview of your Safe School Plan.  Be sure to include:

  • A list of the kind of disaster supplies you have on campus as well as a list of the disaster supplies you need.
  • An overview of the campus emergency student release process and the role that parents are expected to play.
  • The location of off-campus evacuation site(s) you plan to use if the campus must be evacuated because it is unsafe?
  • How you will communicate with parents in everyday emergencies as well as after a major disaster. (e.g., Emergency broadcast radio?  If yes, which one(s) should parents tune to?)
  • What school bus drivers will do if disaster strikes while their children are en route to or from school on the bus or at an off-campus sports team event or field trip.

Working together in a spirit of cooperation and determination, with the best interest of our children and the teachers and administrators to whom we entrust them in mind, we can improve the preparedness and response-abilities of every school campus.

Apr 07

Be Smart, Take Part, Prepare

Mark your calendars:
Sunday April 3 2:30 pm Jurupa Valley City Hall CERT Basic Drill
Saturday April 9 Rancho Jurupa Park J.V. Healthy Living
April 10 – 16 National Volunteer Week Volunteer / Help someone
Tuesday April 26 7:00 pm Jurupa Valley City Hall Citizen Corps Meeting

Carol Crouch, Chairman

Apr 07


PREPAREDNESS MATTERS – When people prepare and practice for an emergency in advance of the event, it makes a real difference in their ability to take immediate and informed action. This enables them to recover more quickly.
We encourage you to take time this month to focus on just one thing to better prepare yourself, your family for a disaster.
Be Smart, Take Part, Prepare

Carol Crouch, Chairman

Jul 09

April 30th is National PreparAthon Day!

April 30th is National PreparAthon Day!
Year round, millions of Americans participate in preparedness activities. But twice a year, a national day of action, called National PrepareAthon Day, focuses attention on the importance of creating a more resilient community by taking preparedness action.
In the spring, it takes place on APRIL 30. In the fall, National PrepareAthon Day takes place on SEPTEMBER 30 in conjunction with National Preparedness Month.

Carol Crouch, Chairman

Jun 04

Public Service Announcement – Be Prepared

The Rock Shares His Earthquake Preparedness Tips!

The Ready Campaign, the Advertising Council (the Ad Council) and Warner Bros. partnered on a public service advertising (PSA) campaign tied to the Warner Bros. film, San Andreas. Dwayne Johnson, one of the stars of the film, is featured in the PSAs.

While the film is a work of fiction and includes exaggerated circumstances and scenarios that do not necessarily reflect reality, the PSAs leverage the public and media interest in the film to promote “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.”

The PSAs, created pro-bono by Warner Bros., amplify earthquake safety awareness and the protective actions that people can take to protect themselves in the event of an earthquake.

Click Here for the video

Mar 26

Get Prepared – with the Red Cross

You can find some great items to help you prepare at the Red Cross Store on line.
Check out what they have. Click here to go the the Red Cross Store on line

Here is their Emergency Preparedness Starter kit”

Dec 03

Citizen Corps Status Report Dec 5, 2012

Dear Valued Citizen Corps Members and Friends of Jurupa Citizen Corps,

I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving! Due to the holiday, we will meet on Wednesday, December 5th at 7:00pm at the JCSD Board Room 11201 Harrel Street, Jurupa Valley, CA 91752. An agenda will be forthcoming.

On a personal note…For the past six years it has been my honor and pleasure to work with you as chair/co-chair of Jurupa Citizen Corps in our common quest to better prepare the people of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley to better survive, respond to, and recover from both local emergencies and wide area disasters. As many of you know I will be stepping down and not seeking (or accepting) re-election on December 5th. Sincerest thanks to my co-chair, Anne Hughes, to all our officers, and to each and every one of you for your selfless dedication to community emergency preparedness and improving our disaster response-ability.

Though there is still much work to be done, this is a good time to pause and reflect on what we have accomplished together these past six years (below).

In gratitude,

Organizational Credibility and Viability

  • Actively participate in RivCo OES COMM Group meetings (2005-present)
  • Applied for and received recognition by FEMA and California Volunteers as a Citizen Corps (2006)
  • Sought and received permission to used F.E.A.T.H.E.R. as an umbrella 501(c)(3) under which Jurupa Citizen Corps could accept donations (2009)
  • Sought and received CIDS funding from Supervisor Tavaglione to support community outreach, education and preparedness efforts (2010, 2012)
  • Actively participate in RivCo VOAD meetings (2011 – present)
  • Helped establish and became a member of the Jurupa Valley Community Foundation as the umbrella 501(c)(3) under which Jurupa Citizen Corps can accept donations (2012)

Volunteer Emergency Responder Education

  • Successfully lobbied RivCo OES to inaugurate CERT training and graduated the county’s first CERT class (2007) and first Spanish CERT class (2010) in the area we serve. Continue to promote and graduate CERT volunteers (to present).
  • Met with newly-appointed California Secretary Karen Baker of California Volunteers to present community preparedness ideas and suggestions (2008)
  • In preparation for establishing an emergency communications network trained members in Emergency FRS, GMRS, and Amateur (HAM) radio communications (2008-present)
  • Members participated in RivCo Public Health Point of Dispensing (POD) training (2008)
  • Members participated in American Medical Association Basic and Advanced Disaster Life Support (including CBRNE) training (2010)

Community Response-ability

  • Participate in Jurupa Unified School District Safe Schools quarterly meetings (2007-present)
  • Present community preparedness information, disaster skills demonstrations, and training opportunities at Eastvale Town Hall meetings (2009-present)
  • Conducted Disaster Survival kit and Disaster prepareBEDness kit fundraiser (2009-2010)
  • Integrate ShakeOut messaging and materials into community outreach efforts (2008-present)
  • Conducted Mira Loma Middle School on-site preparedness survey (2009)
  • Assisted JUSD In applying for REMS grants (2009, 2010)
  • Observed and provided feedback to JUSD on Active Shooter exercise (2011)
  • Procured supplies for and deployed six Disaster Response Supply PODs for CERT post-disaster use (2011-2012)
  • Piloted the Map Your Neighborhood program in Eastvale and at Country Village 55+ community in Jurupa Valley– with a “Super Saturday” event at which more than 360 households developed neighborhood preparedness plans (2012)
  • Convinced Rubidoux High School Administration and AFJROTC leadership to implement annual disaster skills training for JROTC cadets (2012)
  • Reviewed and provided feedback and/or input to Emergency Operations Plans for:
    • Jurupa Community Services District (202
    • Jurupa Area Recreation and Park District (2010, 2012)
    • City of Jurupa Valley (21012)
    • City of Eastvale (2012)

Community Outreach and Education

  • Eastvale Picnic in the Park (2005)
  • Pathfinder Scouts Camporee (2008)
  • Rubidoux Community Resource Fair (2008-2010)
  • Teen Expo (2008-2011)
  • Moms groups – Corona-Eastvale (2008), Norco (2010)
  • National Night Out – Eastvale (2009, 2010), Country Village (2011, 2012)
  • Eastvale Neighborhood Watch Information Meeting (2009)
  • Kiwanis (12 groups 2010-2011)
  • Rotary (2009, 2012)
  • Chamber of Commerce – Jurupa (2008, 2012), Eastvale (2012)
  • Girl Scouts B.I.G. Expo (2010)
  • Eastvale Inauguration Celebration (2010)
  • Jurupa Family Fun Day (2010-2011)
  • Loma Lind University Disaster Fair (2011)
  • Jurupa Seniors Health and Services Fair – Country Village (2011-2012)
  • July 3rd/4th Celebration – Jurupa Area Recreation and Parks District (2010), Country Village (2012)

——- The best is yet to come! ——–

Jan 23

Disaster Supply List and Tips

Family Disaster Supply List and Tips

by Irene Long

Please note: These tips assume that in a major disaster emergency service providers will be overwhelmed and that you will be unsuccessful in your attempts to reach 9-1-1.

  • Drinking water – you can only survive 4 days without drinking water. Store at least 5 cases (14gallons) of bottled water per person for post-disaster use.  Pregnant and nursing mothers, the elderly, and infants and young children, as well as those living in hot climates or who expect to be engaged in physical activity in disaster response, need twice that much water.  Don’t forget your pets and large animals need water too.
  • Shelter – you can only survive for 4 hours without maintaining your body temperature. Do what you can NOW to prevent your home from becoming uninhabitable in a major disaster.  Have a plan for where you will go or what you will do if you cannot safely live in or return to your home.

If your home is unsafe yet your neighborhood is safe, a tent or an RV can allow you to “shelter in place” on your own property among your neighbors.  If the streets are passable and you can leave the affected area, you may be able to seek short-term refuge at the home of friends or relatives who live outside the affected area.  If stranded far from home your vehicle can become your temporary shelter.  If the streets are not passable and you have no other option, you can seek very temporary refuge at a public disaster relief shelter.

  • Fire extinguisher(s) – keep at least one on every story of your home and workplace.  Make sure they are accessible and near potential sources of fire like the kitchen, garage, and laundry room.  WARNING: The smoke from a fire can overwhelm you in as little as 2.5 minutes. So your highest priority is to sound the alarm and get everyone out of the building ASAP and then call 9-1-1.

In a major disaster you’ll want to extinguish small fires, if it is safe to do so. Remember this memory jogger: “In case of fire, eye P.A.S.S. out.”

    • Eye – size up the fire and determine if it is of the right type, as well as small enough, to fight with your extinguisher.  If it is, while keeping a safe distance from the flames:
      • Pull the safety pin and briefly squeeze the trigger to test the extinguisher before approaching the fire
      • Aim at the base of the fire NOT at the flames
      • Squeeze the trigger and
      • Sweep the nozzle back and forth across the base of the fire.
    • Out – ALWAYS keep a way out (an exit) at your back.

If it is not safe to extinguish the fire, or if you do not successfully extinguish the fire, IMMEDIATELY get out.  Close doors behind you as you leave to help slow the spread of the fire.

  • Utility shut off tool(s) – choose either a multi-purpose tool designed for shutting off the water main and gas valve or an adjustable wrench.  (You will need a wrench plus a screwdriver for water main shut off).  Whenever you suspect or know there is a gas leak, IMMEDIATELY get out of the building or area.  To turn Off gas or water service, turn the shut off valve 90 degrees or until it is perpendicular to the pipe.  If you have a faucet-like valve turn the valve in a clockwise direction (“righty tighty”) until it can no longer be turned.  DO NOT shut off the gas service unless you suspect or know there is a leak. DO NOT attempt to restore gas service unless trained to do so.

Shut off tool storage and maintenance tips:

o      WARNING: If you choose to store a metal shut off tool on your gas meter, make sure that the tool DOES NOT bridge the plastic pipe “safety gap” between the metal parts of your meter.  Also put the shut off tool in a zip-close plastic bag to help prevent rust.

o      If you plan to use an adjustable metal wrench, open it to a size slightly larger than the shut off valve to store it.  Then, if it does rust or freezes up while stored, you can still use it when needed.

o      Twice a year check to make sure the shut off valves have not frozen in place by moving them SLIGHTLY to the right and left and then back in line with (parallel with) the pipe.

o      WARNING: If you accidentally turn the gas shut off valve perpendicular to the pipe, call your gas service provider to request professional restoration of service.  Most providers will not charge for this service.

  • 5-gallon Buckets – you’ll want to become a 3-bucket family:

1. Keep at least one (preferably more) 5-gallon bucket with lid in new condition, never putting any chemicals or organic materials in the bucket(s), so they can be used to collect and store drinking water.

2. Keep another bucket for bathing, washing dishes and doing laundry. 

3. Another bucket with lid can serve as an emergency toilet until water and sewer service is restored.  Double line it with plastic bags and put the lid on it between uses to avoid creating a drowning hazard for toddlers and small children.

  • Plastic sheeting & duct tape – in a major disaster it may take months before enough materials are available to replace broken windows.  Clear plastic sheeting duct taped over broken window and door openings can keep out the wind, rain, insects, birds, and rodents.  Plastic sheeting can also serve as emergency shelter.  Opaque plastic sheeting can be used to build privacy shields for bathing and portable latrines.  Remember that plastic sheeting can present a suffocation hazard especially to small children.

More to come…

Jan 23

Learn how to respond safely and effectively when disaster strikes

CERT LogoDid you know that more than 86% of post-disaster rescues are made by bystander volunteers? In the wake of the 1985 quake in Mexico in which more than 100 untrained volunteer responders were killed while rescuing 800 victims, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training was developed and brought to this country by the Los Angeles Fire Department. Eastvale’s own “Rescue Chief” Mike McGroarty developed the original U.S. CERT Search and Rescue training module in hopes of preventing injury or loss of life among volunteer responders.

As we have seen in the recent quakes in Chile, Haiti, New Zealand, and now Japan, the need for emergency responders in the aftermath of a wide area disaster always outstrips the available professional emergency response capabilities – especially in those critical life-saving 3-5 days immediately after disaster strikes. We must all prepare to play a role in responding to meet our family’s and community’s needs when disaster strikes and there is no better training for volunteer emergency responders than CERT. In this 20-hour training that is typically conducted over 3 days (e.g., Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday) you will learn and practice how to:

  • prepare yourself and your family for disasters
  • protect yourself from injury while responding
  • use a fire extinguisher to suppress a small fire
  • sort and stabilize (“triage”) the injured
  • set up and maintain a medical operations area
  • use leverage and cribbing to rescue lightly-trapped victims
  • size up building damage to decide if it is safe to enter
  • organize and lead CERT and emergent volunteers
  • help yourself and others deal with post-traumatic stress

A number of CERT training classes have been conducted since several Jurupa Citizen Corps members graduated from Riverside County Office of Emergency Service’s first CERT training in 2007.  Yet we need hundreds more in order to mount an effective response in a major disaster. A list of upcoming classes can be found under the CERT tab on this web site and at

Why take the time to get trained? It may very well be you or your loved ones who will need the help of trained volunteers when disaster strikes.

Jan 23

Already CERT trained or want to be?

CERT LogoAlready trained? Then please get actively involved in Jurupa Citizen Corps and encourage your friends and neighbors to get CERT trained as well!  We are deploying PODs of disaster supplies in Eastvale and Jurupa Valley that include things like triage kits and tarps, stretchers, and supplemental search and rescue equipment to be used by CERT trained volunteers in responding to disasters.  By becoming involved in Citizen Corps you can meet other CERT-trained volunteers, get involved in community outreach and education, and become a member of a response team near you.

Why get trained?  With more than 53,000 residents in Eastvale and more than 90,000 residents in Jurupa Valley we need hundreds of people in each community trained as volunteer emergency responders if we hope to be able to meet the needs of our communities in the wake of a major quake.  (We currently have a few dozen.)  Those needing trained volunteer emergency responder help may be you and the people you love.

Want  to be trained? Riverside County Office of Emergency Services (OES) schedules CERT training classes throughout the year.  Visit for the latest dates and locations.  If the county’s schedule doesn’t work for you, check the web sites for the cities of Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Lake Elsinore, and Murietta.  These classes are FEMA grant funded so are free to participants and open to anyone over 18 years of age. Want to know more about CERT training and where and when clases will be held?  Just click on the CERT tab for a description of what is involved in the training and then on the Training Class Schedule under the tab for dates, times, and locations.

Jan 18

Volunteer Emergency Communications Planning

We are thrilled that John Seitz, one of this country’s foremost military and community emergency communications experts is helping Jurupa Citizen Corps put a volunteer emergency communications network in place.  John was our guest speaker at our July 20th monthly meeting and has offered to conduct amateur radio license training for the newest HAM radio owners in our group as well as anyone else in the communities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley who would like to be a part of our emergency communications network.  We also are planning to offer GMRS radio license training to allow those of you who own “walkie-talkie” radios purchased from a warehouse store who would like to be able to legally use those GMRS channels to communicate. John is one of a handful of examiner instructors serving our state under the authority of the Federal Communications Commission.

Among John notable communications accomplishments were the fact that he managed US Army communications for General Schwartzkopf when he commanded all Coalition Forces during Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf.  John was in charge of communications for the Department of Defense and the White House for the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, and was, again, in direct communications with the president during our most recent Chino Hills 5.4 quake.  He has also worked in emergency communications for the city of Buena Park for many years, so he has a thorough understanding of emergency communications needs and limitations from an international to the local level.

We are both thrilled and grateful that John is willing to work with us.  If you or a friend or loved one would like to be a part of our volunteer emergency communications network team, please send an email to and/or join us for our monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of every month at 7pm.

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