Until Help Arrives

Here's a playful interactive video series that teaches a few basics about responding to others in distress. You are the help until help arrives. By responding, you may save someone's life!

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Prepare Yourself

Recode has an insightful article on a "wonky debate" about our national emergency communications infrastructure. The wireless (and often land-line) telephone carriers and even some device makers are arguing that they shouldn't be required to update the network for modern emergency-related support. Hurricane Harvey is now putting this all into perspective. From the article: To... Continue Reading →

A Hot Time

No question that we've had a few hot days on the east side of the Oakland hills. As temperatures reach 100º we run for the cool stores and turn the air conditioning on high in our cars, houses and offices. People who are older, young, sick or overweight may be more strongly affected by extreme heat.... Continue Reading →

Rolling to Safety

Wednesday, July 26th is the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In support of this, we encourage you to evaluate and practice your emergency plan, especially if it includes any special considerations for access and functional needs. Here's the large-print brochure from Ready.gov for preparedness of the variably-abled. Do you have a personal... Continue Reading →

New Study: Earthquake Losses

Did you feel the swarm of nine 2.5 to 4.0 quakes in Truckee two days ago? FEMA just released their study, FEMA P-366, Hazus Estimated Annualized Earthquake Losses for the United States (PDF version). Of interest to us in California: The new Hazus study indicates the following key findings: The Annualized Earthquake Loss (AEL) to... Continue Reading →

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