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
contact me at 938-5433. CERT is all about people safely helping others following a disaster. You
can be a part of this.