As we send heartfelt best wishes and condolences to those affected by the North Bay fires, and honor all first responders for their amazing work, this is also a time for us to do all we can to prepare for a disaster.
The devastating fires are a tragic reminder of how vulnerable most places are to disaster, including here in Contra Costa County. Fire season isn't over, and, as we know, earthquakes can hit at anytime.
I've long advocated for emergency preparedness to help protect our families and homes, since a few steps might make a big difference, saving lives. I also know how easy it is to feel too busy to stay prepared.
Fortunately, there are many great resources with helpful emergency preparedness information. I've compiled a list below, including some new tips worth reviewing.
To register click
and follow the prompts.
Emergency alert telephone calls automatically go out on landline phones in an affected area, without the need to register. Register to receive alerts on your cell phone or via email.
Some new preparedness resources are available via smart phone apps.
to a recent San Jose Mercury News review of some of them.
Useful web links for emergency preparedness.
We also have has an extensive
CERT program, or community emergency response teams
, where volunteer residents are trained to assist in emergencies. There are CERT teams throughout Contra Costa in cities and unincorporated communities. Check with your city for more, or look at the
County's CERT website.