Disaster Apps

Many people like to think we'll be able to check our phones for the latest news, instructions on what to do, and messages from our friends and family who may have been affected by a disaster. If the disaster is serious, those people may be surprised to learn that cell phone networks are jammed even... Continue Reading →

About Privacy

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offered this bit of news about Privacy Awareness Week, which was May 8-12, 2017. It’s an annual initiative of the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities Forum that combines the efforts of privacy agencies in the region to share information about privacy practices and rules. The article includes some helpful links: FTC... Continue Reading →

CPR: Simple, Saving Lives

The Port of Oakland recently recognized the heroes of a life-saving adventure at the Oakland Airport. After a traveler collapsed from a heart attack outside the terminal, his life was saved by the quick response of other travelers who knew CPR (cario pulmonary resuscitation). CPR is easy to learn. The Red Cross notes that "most... Continue Reading →

Refrig: How Long Without Power?

Let's say something just took your power out. No power, no refrigeration. What happens to the food? If you're like me, you won't be able (or want) to eat it all right away, and you may not have a working stove to cook it on. What should you expect? FEMA offers the following guidelines. Be... Continue Reading →

Financial Readiness

In addition to the widely dreaded tax day (this year on April 18th), the month of April is Financial Readiness Month. To assist with your disaster readiness, FEMA is offering this great guide: Strengthen Your Financial Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies (in Spanish) with fillable Checklists and Forms. You might also find the Consumer Action... Continue Reading →

Water Readiness

EBMUD has a few simple tips that will help you prepare for a time when you might not have water running from your tap. That seems nearly certain, so here are a few: Store enough water to last three to seven days (1-2 gallons per person per day) Be prepared to disinfect additional water supplies... Continue Reading →

It’s About Time (Again)

A quick reminder that we "spring ahead" (we lose an hour of sleep) this weekend. Set your clock ahead one hour on Sunday, March 12. While you're at it, make sure your smoke alarms are working, and check that the batteries have plenty of charge. Ready? Hold your ears and briefly push the Test button.... Continue Reading →

Check Your Batteries

A friendly reminder to check your batteries: Smoke detectors Alarms and doorbells Emergency kit flashlights, radios Backup chargers for cellphones & other mobile tools and equipment Spare batteries (expired?)  

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