Resources for Emergency Preparedness

Links

For more information about disaster services in San Rafael and in general, visit these websites.

City of San Rafael Emergency Preparedness website

Red Cross Preparedness website

Local Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)

FEMA guide – Are You Ready?

Earthquake Supply Store, 415.459.5500, 3095 Kerner Blvd., # I San Rafael, CA 94901

California Volunteers for Disasters

Personal Preparedness

Prepare for your personal and family needs. It may be a week or more before disaster workers can reach your area during a major disaster. Utilities may not be available, and grocery stores may be closed. Here are some tips to cope with a disaster:

  1. Designate an out-of-state person as a contact for friends and family if they cannot reach you.
  1. Prepare a disaster kit with essentials to keep yourself and family alive. The Red Cross recommends a gallon of water a day per person, three days’ worth of non-perishable goods (more is better), a first-aid kit (in the car and home), prescription and non-prescription medications, tools, and supplies, toiletries, warm clothes, and important family documents (in a closed container or somewhere where it won’t be damaged in a disaster).
  1. Create a family plan for disaster: where will you meet in case your home is damaged or destroyed? How would you respond to different kinds of disasters?

If you are interested in being an EVC volunteer remember: The best EVC volunteer is one who isn’t a victim of the disaster. Make sure you and your loved ones are safe first and foremost. You can’t be of help to others if you are hurt yourself.

Take the EVC Quiz!

  1. What is an out of state contact?
  2. What is the first step a potential volunteer for an EVC needs to take?
  3. How long should a family or persons be prepared to survive unaided in the event of a disaster?
  4. How does an EVC aid disaster response?
  5. How many steps does volunteer intake entail in an EVC? What are these steps?
  6. What are the two current EVC locations?
  7. Inside the EVC what does the Job Opportunities Coordinator do?
  8. Which Bay Area county has a well established EVC program?
  9. If a major earthquake were to hit the Bay Area how many spontaneous volunteers does the Red Cross estimate will try to help?

Here are the the EVC Quiz answers!

Quiz

1. What is an out of state contact?

A family member or friend who lives out-of-state or out of an immediate disaster area. This person is designated as a contact so split families or friends can keep in touch and updated on each others’ status.

2. What is the first step a potential volunteer for an EVC needs to take?

The first priority for an EVC volunteer is to make sure they are prepared for disasters themselves. That includes stocking water, and non-perishable food supplies.

3. How long should a family or persons be prepared to survive unaided in the event of a disaster?

It could take disaster responders up to a week or more to reach a severely damaged area, as roads may be closed and conditions may still be dangerous.

4. How does an EVC aid disaster response?

An EVC aids disaster response in several ways. First, it allows disaster response and government agencies to function without the interruption of spontaneous volunteers. Second, in many disaster situations companies, businesses, and disaster response agencies find that many of their workers are unable to work and perform essential tasks. Spontaneous volunteers can fill these roles. Third, an EVC allows people to help each other and builds a sense of community.

5. How many steps does volunteer intake entail in an EVC? What are these steps?

There are three steps to volunteer intake. The first step is reception where a potential volunteer is greeted, given information about volunteering, and fills out necessary paper work. The second step is an interview where the volunteer’s skills and abilities are assessed. The third step is placement where the volunteer is referred to an agency or given a specific role.

6. What are the two current EVC locations?

The primary EVC will be located at Canoles Hall at the First Presbyterian Church 1510 on Fifth Ave. The secondary EVC location is Elks Club Lodge at 1312 Mission Ave.

7. Inside the EVC what does the Job Opportunities Coordinator do?

The Job Opportunities Coordinator acts as liaison with third-party agencies, surveys their volunteer needs, and then posts this information for interviewers on a Job Opportunities Board.

8. Which Bay Area county has a well established EVC program?

Sonoma County has a well-established, respected, and active, EVC program.

9. If a major earthquake were to hit the Bay Area how many spontaneous volunteers does the Red Cross estimate will try to help?

The Red Cross estimates that some 50,000 volunteers would show up to help their neighbors in a disaster.