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An Opportunity to “Get Prepared!”

Sep 13, 2014 09:08PM ● Published by Jennifer Neys

by Jim Bonato
In my March 2013 article, I portrayed a realistic scenario that very well could play out 
following an earthquake on the Hayward Fault. Major quakes along the Hayward Fault occur 
about every 140 years, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A magnitude 7 quake on the 
fault today would likely leave about 100,000 people homeless and cause more than $1 trillion 
in damage. The last major quake on the Hayward Fault occurred 146 years ago. 
The temblor clock is ticking. Have you taken steps to protect your family? Well, here’s 
an opportunity you might not want to pass up. The Pleasant Hill Community Emergency 
Response Team (CERT) is conducting a six-night course on disaster preparedness and how you 
can help your family, neighbors, and community after a major earthquake. Topics to be covered 
 Strengthening the structure of your home to withstand a large quake 
 Reducing the possibility of damage to the contents of your home 
 Items you should pack in a convenient location to sustain your family for 72 hours 
 Preparing a plan for reuniting the family following a quake if they become separated 
 Reducing the risk of fire in the home and knowing when to turn off the gas 
 Administering first aid properly to injured family members or neighbors 
 Determining what injuries should be treated first when many are injured (triage) 
 Evaluating if a damaged structure is safe to enter to help someone. 
These topics and more will be discussed one night a week for six weeks and culminate in 
a practical exercise. Classes begin at 6pm on Monday, September 15, and are held at the 
Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy, 796 Grayson Road, in Pleasant Hill. To enroll in this series of 
classes, go to If you would like additional information, 
contact me at 938-5433. CERT is all about people safely helping others following a disaster. You 
can be a part of this. 

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