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WHEN THE NEXT EARTHQUAKE
HITS, WILL YOU BE READY?
HI, EVERYBODY, I’M VAL ZAVALA.
EARTHQUAKES ARE A FACT OF LIFE
HERE IN CALIFORNIA. IN FACT,
SMALL QUAKES RUMBLE THROUGH OUR
AREA PRETTY MUCH EVERY DAY. AND
THE EXPERTS TELL US THERE’S A
99% CHANCE THAT WE’LL SEE A
MAJOR QUAKE, AT LEAST AS BIG AS
THE NORTHRIDGE QUAKE IN THE NEXT
30 YEARS. IT’S NOT A QUESTION OF
IF, BUT WHEN. SO IT JUST MAKES
SENSE TO BE PREPARED. AND WE’RE
GOING TO HELP YOU. THE PROGRAM
YOU’RE ABOUT TO SEE IS CALLED
“BRACING FOR A QUAKE.” IT’S A
NUTS-AND-BOLTS GUIDE TO
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW AND
ALL THE SMART STEPS YOU SHOULD
TAKE TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND
YOUR LOVED ONES. AND I’M VERY
PROUD OF THE SHOW. I HOSTED IT
WITH MY COLLEAGUE JASON
SHOULTZ. AND WHEN WE FIRST PUT
IT TOGETHER A FEW YEARS BACK,
THERE WERE NO SMARTPHONES AND NO
SOCIAL MEDIA. MANY THINGS HAVE
CHANGED SINCE WE FIRST PRODUCED
THE PROGRAM. TECHNOLOGY HAS
OBVIOUSLY IMPROVED, AND SCHOOLS
CAN NOW SEND EMERGENCY
NOTIFICATIONS VIA TEXT, VOICE,
OR EMAIL. IN ADDITION, THE RED
CROSS EMERGENCY APP HAS AN
“I’M SAFE” FEATURE, WHICH ALLOWS
USERS TO LET LOVED ONES KNOW
THAT THEY’RE OUT OF HARM’S WAY.
ALSO, EARTHQUAKE INSURANCE HAS
BECOME MUCH MORE AFFORDABLE AND
FLEXIBLE, WITH NEW DEDUCTIBLE
OPTIONS RANGING FROM 5% TO 25%.
SOME OF THE SPOKESPEOPLE IN THE
PROGRAM HAVE RETIRED OR MOVED
ON, BUT THE INFORMATION THEY
PROVIDED WAS ROCK SOLID, AND
IT’S EVERY BIT AS IMPORTANT
TODAY AS IT WAS THEN. SO I THINK
YOU’RE GONNA LEARN A LOT. YOU’RE
ALSO GOING TO MEET AN EXPERT
FROM THE CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE
AUTHORITY. WE’LL HAVE HIM HERE
IN STUDIO, AND WE’LL TAKE THE
MYSTERY OUT OF EARTHQUAKE
INSURANCE, AND A WHOLE LOT MORE.
RIGHT NOW, THOUGH, I HOPE YOU’LL
TAKE A MOMENT TO SUPPORT YOUR
PUBLIC TELEVISION STATION. CALL
THE NUMBER ON YOUR SCREEN, OR
LOG ON TO OUR SECURE WEBSITE
AND MAKE A TAX DEDUCTIBLE
CONTRIBUTION. BECAUSE YOU’RE THE
REASON WE CREATE IMPORTANT
PROGRAMS LIKE “BRACING FOR A
QUAKE” AND SO MANY OTHER
PROGRAMS THAT YOU’LL FIND RIGHT
HERE AND NO PLACE ELSE, ON THE
AIR, ONLINE, 24-7. WE’RE THE
SOURCE FOR PUBLIC MEDIA WITH A
PURPOSE. WE CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT
YOU, SO, PLEASE, GET IN TOUCH.
AND NOW IT’S TIME TO GET SMART
ABOUT ALL THAT SHAKIN’ GOING ON
AS WE PRESENT “BRACING FOR A
QUAKE: A SURVIVAL GUIDE.”
JASON: ACROSS CALIFORNIA…
VAL: FROM BIG CITIES TO SMALL
TOWNS…
JASON: WE’VE SEEN WHAT HAPPENS
WHEN THE EARTH MOVES.
VAL: BRIDGES IN THE BAY AREA
COLLAPSE.
JASON: LEVEES NEAR SACRAMENTO
CAN FLOOD.
VAL: FREEWAYS IN LOS ANGELES
HAVE SPLIT OPEN.
JASON: CENTRAL COAST TOWNS
CRUMBLE…
VAL: AND HOMES FROM SAN DIEGO
TO EUREKA ARE RUINED.
JASON: THE JOLT CAN LAST A FEW
SECONDS, BUT THE IMPACT CAN LAST
YEARS.
VAL: YET EXPERTS KNOW THERE ARE
MANY THINGS WE CAN DO TO PROTECT
OURSELVES, OUR LOVED ONES, AND
OUR PROPERTY.
JASON: SO WHAT SHOULD YOU DO
WHEN THE BIG ONE HITS?
VAL: WE’LL TELL YOU, IN “BRACING
FOR A QUAKE: A SURVIVAL GUIDE.”
HELLO. I’M VAL ZAVALA FROM KCET
PUBLIC TELEVISION IN LOS
ANGELES.
JASON: AND I’M JASON SHOULTZ
FROM KVIE PUBLIC TELEVISION IN
SACRAMENTO.
VAL: WELCOME TO “BRACING FOR A
QUAKE: A SURVIVAL GUIDE.”
JASON: IF THERE’S ONE CERTAINTY
ABOUT LIFE IN CALIFORNIA, IT’S
THAT WE’RE GOING TO EXPERIENCE
AN EARTHQUAKE AT SOME POINT.
MANY HAVE EXPERIENCED ONE IN THE
PAST AND HAVE TAKEN THE
NECESSARY STEPS TO PREPARE FOR
THE FUTURE.
VAL: BUT MANY OF US STILL
HAVEN’T GOTTEN READY FOR THE BIG
ONE. BUT WHERE DO WE START? AND
WHAT DO WE DO THE MOMENT THE
QUAKE HITS? THAT’S WHAT THIS
PROGRAM IS ALL ABOUT.
JASON: WE’LL TALK WITH EXPERTS
ABOUT HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOME,
WHAT TO DO IF AN EARTHQUAKE
STRIKES WHEN YOU’RE AT WORK,
OUT SHOPPING, OR EVEN IN YOUR
CAR. WE’LL ALSO HELP YOU
FORMULATE A PLAN FOR YOUR
FAMILY AND YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.
VAL: SO LET’S GET STARTED.
WE BEGIN WITH AN EXPERT ON
EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS AND A
VISIT TO THE MARTINEZ FAMILY.
JOYCE HARRIS IS WITH THE L.A.
COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT.
HELLO.
MR. MARTINEZ: HI.
VAL: HOW ARE YOU?
MR. MARTINEZ: FINE.
VAL: FOR YEARS SHE’S BEEN
HELPING PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS
PREPARE FOR EARTHQUAKES AND
OTHER DISASTERS. JOYCE IS HERE
TO SIZE UP THE MARTINEZ HOME,
BEGINNING WITH THE LIVING ROOM.
JOYCE: OK, I’D LIKE TO SHOW YOU
A FEW THINGS IN THIS ROOM THAT
I NOTICED THAT CAN BE CORRECTED.
FIRST THING IS YOU HAVE A SOFA
RIGHT BY A WINDOW. AND WE DON’T
RECOMMEND THAT BECAUSE YOU ONLY
HAVE A FEW MOMENTS TO REACT WHEN
AN EARTHQUAKE HAPPENS, AND THE
GLASS FROM THE WINDOW CAN BREAK
AND YOU COULD BE INJURED BY
HAVING IT SO CLOSE. SO WHAT WE
WOULD RECOMMEND IS THAT YOU MOVE
THE SOFA AWAY FROM THE WINDOW
TO MAKE IT SAFER FOR YOU.
MR. MARTINEZ: OK.
JOYCE: ANOTHER THING I’VE
NOTICED IN THIS ROOM IS THAT YOU
HAVE SOME VERY NICE ITEMS HERE
ON YOUR SHELF, BUT THEY NEED TO
BE SECURED SO THAT THEY WON’T
FALL OVER AND BREAK DURING THE
QUAKE. AND IT’S VERY EASY TO DO
IT. YOU CAN USE SOME MUSEUM WAX
OR EVEN SOME PUTTY, OR THEY HAVE
AN ITEM CALLED PLATE HOLD THAT
YOU CAN USE. AND ALL YOU HAVE TO
DO IS PUT JUST A VERY LITTLE BIT
OF IT UNDERNEATH THE ITEM AND IT
WILL SECURE IT IN PLACE.
ANOTHER THING I NOTICED IS A
PICTURE FRAME. THESE ARE
BEAUTIFUL, IT’S A BEAUTIFUL
PICTURE, BUT IT NEEDS TO BE
SECURED TO THE WALL. YOU CAN USE
SOME FLEXIBLE NYLON STRAP, OR
YOU CAN USE ANYTHING LIKE THAT
THAT WOULD HELP SECURE IT IN
PLACE SO THAT IT DOESN’T FALL
OVER AND HIT SOMEONE IF THEY
WERE IN THIS NEARBY AREA WHEN
THE QUAKE STARTS.
OK, I’D LIKE TO SHOW YOU
SOMETHING IN THIS ROOM. NOW,
NORMALLY WE WOULD TELL YOU TO
DROP, COVER, AND HOLD UNDER A
STURDY TABLE OR DESK. THIS IS A
BEAUTIFUL TABLE, BUT THERE’S ONE
PROBLEM. IT HAS GLASS ON IT.
AND SO WE WOULD NOT RECOMMEND
THAT YOU TAKE COVER HERE,
BECAUSE THE GLASS CAN SHATTER
FROM THINGS FALLING ON IT AND
YOU COULD BE INJURED BY BEING
UNDER HERE. BUT WE DO RECOMMEND
THAT YOU GO TO A STURDY TABLE OR
DESK AND TAKE COVER THERE
WHENEVER AN EARTHQUAKE HAPPENS.
MRS. MARTINEZ: WOULDN’T IT BE
EASIER JUST TO RUN OUT TOWARDS
THE DOOR?
JOYCE: NO, WE DO NOT RECOMMEND
GOING OUTSIDE. NO RUNNING AT
ALL. BECAUSE YOU COULD BE THROWN
TO THE FLOOR DURING THE SHAKING.
AND IF YOU TRY TO GO OUTSIDE,
THERE ARE LOTS OF THINGS THAT
WILL START TO FALL FROM THE
BUILDING, FROM YOUR HOME OR
OTHER BUILDING THAT YOU’RE IN.
AND THAT’S WHERE YOU CAN GET
YOUR GREATEST INJURIES IS FROM
RUNNING OUT INTO A HAZARD ZONE,
WE CALL IT. SO IF YOU’RE INSIDE,
STAY INSIDE. IF YOU’RE OUTSIDE,
STAY OUTSIDE.
VAL: AND DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE
POWER OF SHAKING. THIS IS WHAT
HAPPENED TO A ROOM WHEN
SCIENTISTS AT UCSD SIMULATED A
6.7 QUAKE.
THAT’S AS BIG AS THE NORTHRIDGE
QUAKE OF 1994.
JOYCE: LET ME SHOW YOU HERE
SOMETHING, A MYTH THAT WE’RE
TRYING TO DISPEL ABOUT STANDING
IN THE DOORWAY DURING A
DISASTER. DOORWAYS ARE NO LONGER
SAFE TO STAND IN. THE DOOR
ITSELF IS A HAZARD BECAUSE A
DOOR CAN SWING VIOLENTLY AND
SLAM AND KNOCK YOU CLEAR OUT OF
THE DOORWAY OR EVEN SLAM YOUR
FINGERS OR SO FORTH. SO DOORWAYS
ARE NOT A SAFE PLACE TO TAKE
COVER DURING AND EARTHQUAKE.
MRS. MARTINEZ: I’VE ALWAYS TOLD
MY KIDS, FIRST THING YOU DO IS
YOU RUN FOR THAT DOORJAMB.
SO THAT’S COMPLETELY A MYTH?
JOYCE: THAT’S COMPLETELY A MYTH
NOW. OUR RECOMMENDED ACTION IS
FOR YOU TO DROP, COVER, AND
HOLD ON UNDER SOMETHING STURDY,
A STURDY TABLE OR DESK.
VAL: OK, LET’S REVIEW…
CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF…
DROP, COVER, AND HOLD ONTO A
TABLE OR DESK.
AND FIND PROTECTION WHERE YOU
ARE. IF YOU’RE INSIDE, STAY
INSIDE. IF YOU’RE OUTSIDE, STAY
OUTSIDE.
JOYCE: ALL RIGHT, WE’RE GOING
INTO THE KITCHEN NOW TO SEE WHAT
HAZARDS WE CAN FIND IN HERE.
UM, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I’D
LIKE TO POINT OUT, FIRST OF ALL,
IS THAT YOUR KITCHEN CABINETS
SHOULD HAVE SOME TYPE OF SAFETY
LATCHES ON THEM. BECAUSE WHAT
WILL HAPPEN WITH AN EARTHQUAKE
HAPPENING, LOOK AT ALL OF THIS.
ALL OF THIS COULD COME OUT, FALL
ALL OVER THE FLOOR. BOY, YOU’LL
HAVE A TERRIBLE MESS AFTER A
DISASTER IF YOU HAVE TO CLEAN UP
ALL OF THIS STUFF. BUT A VERY
EASY SOLUTION IS TO PUT THOSE
LITTLE CHILD SAFETY LATCHES ON
HERE SO THAT IT’LL KEEP IT FROM
OPENING ALL THE WAY AND IT’LL
KEEP YOUR THINGS INSIDE THERE.
ANOTHER THING, SOME OTHER
HAZARDS IN THE KITCHEN HERE,
OF COURSE, IS THE STOVE, WHERE
YOU HAVE HOT–YOU HAVE POTS AND
PANS COOKING FOOD AND SO FORTH.
THIS IS A DANGER AREA. YOU
ALWAYS WANT TO GET AWAY FROM
THIS AREA WHEN SOMETHING HAPPENS
SO THAT YOU CAN’T BE BURNED OR
INJURED FROM THINGS FALLING OFF.
YOU’VE GOT SOME KNIVES HERE THAT
COULD FLY OUT OF HERE, AND YOU
CERTAINLY DON’T WANT TO BE HIT
BY ONE OF THESE KNIVES. BOY,
THAT’S REALLY DANGEROUS.
SO, THOSE TYPES OF THINGS ARE
DANGEROUS THINGS IN THE KITCHEN
TO WATCH OUT FOR AND TO BE AWARE
OF. SOME HELPFUL TIPS FOR YOU
FOR USING YOUR FOOD. USE THE
FOOD IN YOUR REFRIGERATOR FIRST.
UH, THEN USE THE FOOD IN YOUR
FREEZER.
MR. MARTINEZ: WHAT WOULD YOU
THINK WE COULD GO WITH HOW LONG
BEFORE WE COULD EAT LIKE THE
FOOD IN THE REFRIGERATOR?
JOYCE: WELL, THE FOOD IN THE
REFRIGERATOR WILL LAST A COUPLE
DAYS. THEN THE FREEZER SHOULD
LAST MAYBE 3 OR 4 DAYS, AS WELL.
IF YOU KEEP YOUR FREEZER AND
REFRIGERATOR CLOSED, IT WILL
HELP YOUR FOOD TO LAST LONGER.
THE NEXT THING YOU WANT TO USE
IS YOUR CANNED FOOD. THIS IS–
YOU’VE GOT QUITE A COLLECTION
HERE, WHICH IS GOOD. YOU USE
CANNED FOOD AFTER YOUR FOOD IN
YOUR REFRIGERATOR AND FREEZER.
BUT IF YOU DO USE THAT, MAKE
SURE YOU HAVE A MANUAL CAN
OPENER, BECAUSE REMEMBER, POWER
WILL BE OUT AND YOU WON’T BE
ABLE TO USE YOUR ELECTRIC CAN
OPENER. SO A MANUAL CAN OPENER
TO GO WITH YOUR FOOD. AND THIS
IS THE LAST SOURCE OF FOOD THAT
YOU WOULD WANT TO USE AFTER A
DISASTER. AND ALSO, IN THIS
AREA, I JUST WANTED TO POINT OUT
SOME PLACES WHERE YOU CAN TAKE
COVER. BUT ONE THING FIRST IS
THE GLASS WINDOW HERE. THIS IS A
HAZARD AS WELL. BUT ONE THING
YOU CAN DO TO HELP THAT IS TO
PUT SAFETY FILM ON THE GLASS
SO THAT IT WILL SHATTER BUT IT
WON’T COME OUT LIKE IN DAGGERS.
SO YOU WOULD WANT TO CONSIDER
DOING THAT. AND THEN A SAFE
PLACE–WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU GET
OUT OF THE KITCHEN. THERE’S JUST
SO MANY HAZARDS IN THE KITCHEN.
AND SO YOU WON’T WANT TO TAKE
COVER IN THE KITCHEN. BUT GO TO
A PLACE NEARBY WHICH–AND THIS
IS A REALLY GOOD BREAKFAST BAR
AREA TO TAKE COVER UNDER, DROP,
COVER, AND HOLD ON UNDER HERE.
AND THIS WOULD–SHOULD PROVIDE
YOU WITH ENOUGH COVER FOR THIS
AREA.
MRS. MARTINEZ: I LOVE CANDLES
AND I HAVE THEM ALL OVER THE
HOUSE, SO WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT
TO JUST HAVE THEM IN CASE OF A
POWER OUTAGE?
JOYCE: WELL, WE DON’T RECOMMEND
CANDLES, AND THE REASON FOR THAT
IS THAT DURING AN EARTHQUAKE OR
THE AFTERSHOCKS THAT OCCUR, THE
CANDLES CAN FALL OVER, CAUSE A
FIRE, AND THEN YOUR PHONES WILL
BE OUT AND YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO
CALL 911, SO THEN WHAT? YOU’LL
HAVE A FIRE THAT’S CAUSED
UNNECESSARILY. SO WE RECOMMEND
THAT YOU HAVE A FLASHLIGHT WITH
EXTRA BATTERIES, A SOLAR-POWERED
FLASHLIGHT, SOMETHING LIKE THAT
TO HELP YOU TO SEE AFTER THE
EARTHQUAKE.
MRS. MARTINEZ: IT MAKES SENSE.
VAL: SO IN SHORT,
MOVE QUICKLY OUT OF KITCHENS
BECAUSE THEY’RE FULL OF HAZARDS.
PUT SAFETY LOCKS ON YOUR
CUPBOARDS. AFTER A QUAKE, IF
THE POWER’S OUT, EAT THE FOOD IN
YOUR FRIDGE FIRST. IT’S MOST
PERISHABLE. THEN FOOD IN YOUR
FREEZER, AND THEN CANNED FOOD
AND NON-PERISHABLES LAST.
JOYCE: OK, NOW, IF YOU’RE IN
YOUR ROOM, YOU’RE ASLEEP IN BED
AND THE EARTHQUAKE STARTS
HAPPENING, WHAT YOU WANT TO DO
IS STAY IN THE BED, COVER YOUR
HEAD WITH ALL OF YOUR PILLOWS.
YOU GOT SOME BEAUTIFUL PILLOWS
HERE. PUT THEM OVER YOUR HEAD.
PULL UP THE COVERS OVER YOU.
BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, STAY IN
BED UNTIL THE SHAKING STOPS.
THEN WHEN THE SHAKING STOPS, GET
YOUR STURDY SHOES, WHICH SHOULD
BE ALREADY UNDER YOUR BED, AND
YOUR FLASHLIGHT.
DAUGHTER: OH, LIKE SO I DON’T
STEP ON ANY OF THE BROKEN GLASS
IF THE MIRROR BREAKS.
JOYCE: THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT.
THE STURDY SHOES WILL PROTECT
YOUR FEET. GET YOUR FLASHLIGHT
SO YOU CAN SEE WHAT GLASS IS
ALREADY DOWN AND WHATEVER
HAZARDS THERE ARE ON THE FLOOR
AS WELL.
VAL: THIS EXPERIMENT FROM UCSD
SHOWS YOU HOW IMPORTANT IT IS
NOT TO PUT HEAVY OBJECTS OVER
YOUR BED.
JOYCE: WE SEE HERE THAT YOUR
BED, LIKE IN YOUR OTHER ROOMS,
IS AWAY FROM THE WINDOWS, YOU
DON’T HAVE ANY PICTURES OR
MIRRORS HANGING OVER THE BED.
SO THAT’S GREAT. ONE THING THAT
I DO NOTICE IS THAT YOU CAN, FOR
BOOKCASES LIKE THIS THAT YOU
HAVE IN YOUR ROOM, AFTER THEY’RE
SECURED TO THE SHELF, YOU MIGHT
ALSO WANT TO CONSIDER PUTTING
A BUNGEE CORD ACROSS HERE TO
KEEP THE BOOKS IN. NOW, I
UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE AFRAID
OF EARTHQUAKES.
SON: WELL, MY FIRST EARTHQUAKE
I WAS IN THE THIRD GRADE AND MY
MOM AND DAD WERE OUT OF TOWN.
SO I WAS PLAYING VIDEO GAMES IN
MY ROOM, AND THEN ALL OF A
SUDDEN AN EARTHQUAKE HAPPENED.
SO I STARTED CRYING, I RAN TO MY
SISTER AND SHE WAS TELLING ME
THAT IT’S GONNA ALL GONNA BE ALL
RIGHT. AND I FELT A LOT BETTER.
AND I’VE JUST BEEN SCARED OF
THEM EVER SINCE.
JOYCE: OH, OK, WELL, THAT’S–
I’M SORRY TO HEAR THAT, BUT YOU
KNOW WHAT? BECAUSE YOU’RE
LEARNING TODAY WHAT TO DO FOR AN
EARTHQUAKE, HOPEFULLY THE NEXT
TIME YOU’LL KNOW WHAT TO DO AND
YOU’LL BE SO MUCH MORE RELIEVED.
VAL: SO, IF YOU’RE IN BED DURING
THE QUAKE, STAY THERE, AND COVER
YOURSELF WITH PILLOWS AND
BLANKETS. KEEP SHOES AND A
FLASHLIGHT NEAR YOUR BED.
DON’T HANG MIRRORS OR PICTURES
WITH GLASS OVER YOUR BED.
AND USE BUNGEE CORDS ACROSS
BOOKSHELVES TO KEEP ITEMS FROM
FALLING.
JOYCE: OK, WE’RE GOING TO TAKE
A LOOK NOW AT YOUR GAS METER AND
SEE WHAT WE HAVE. AND I SEE HERE
THAT YOU DO HAVE AN ADJUSTABLE
WRENCH, WHICH IS GREAT FOR
TURNING OFF YOUR GAS, AND YOU
SHOULD ONLY TURN IT OFF IF YOU
HEAR THE GAS LEAKING
OR SMELL IT.
VAL: HOMEOWNERS CAN ALSO HAVE
INSTALLED AN AUTOMATIC GAS
SHUTOFF VALVE. IT’S ACTIVATED
WHENEVER THERE’S AN EARTHQUAKE
OVER A CERTAIN MAGNITUDE. THAT
WAY, YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY
ABOUT GAS LEAKS IF YOU’RE NOT AT
HOME. OK, NOW WE’RE GONNA TAKE A
LOOK AT YOUR WATER HEATER.
NOW, WE SEE THAT YOUR WATER
HEATER IS PROPERLY STRAPPED.
YOU’VE GOT IT STRAPPED AT THE
TOP, AT THE BOTTOM. AND THAT’S
EXCELLENT. AND JUST ONE THING
TO REMEMBER IS THAT YOUR WATER
HEATER CONTAINS 30 TO 50 GALLONS
OF GOOD WATER, BUT IF IT FALLS
OVER AND BREAKS, YOU’LL LOSE ALL
THAT EXTRA SOURCE OF WATER THAT
YOU COULD HAVE.
MR. MARTINEZ: WHAT ABOUT POOL
WATER? WHAT KIND OF USE CAN WE
USE WITH THAT?
JOYCE: WELL, POOL WATER, IF YOU
USE CHEMICALS, YOU WON’T BE ABLE
TO DRINK IT, BUT YOU CAN USE IT
FOR OTHER THINGS–FOR WASHING
AND THINGS LIKE THAT. WE ALSO
RECOMMEND THAT YOU KNOW WHERE
ALL OF YOUR UTILITY SHUTOFFS
ARE, INCLUDING YOUR WATER VALVE.
AND YOU CAN TURN THAT OFF JUST
IN CASE THERE’S A BIG PROBLEM
THAT YOU HAVE IDENTIFIED. KNOW
WHERE IT IS, KNOW HOW TO DO IT,
AS WELL. AND IF YOU SHOULD ALSO
REALIZE THAT IF YOUR WATER IS
SHUT OFF AND YOUR TOILETS WON’T
FLUSH, SO IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO
HAVE SOME GOOD OLD 30 TRASH BAGS
TO LINE YOUR TOILETS AND USE IT
THAT WAY. YOU CAN ALSO USE THESE
SAME TRASH BAGS FOR PICKING UP
TRASH THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE,
DEBRIS THAT HAS FALLEN OVER.
VAL: TO SUMMARIZE, KEEP A WRENCH
NEAR THE GAS VALVE AND KNOW HOW
TO TURN IT OFF IF YOU SMELL GAS.
OR GET AN AUTOMATIC SHUTOFF
VALVE INSTALLED. THEY USUALLY
COST BETWEEN $200 AND $300.
MAKE SURE YOUR WATER HEATER IS
STRAPPED DOWN. KNOW HOW TO TURN
YOUR MAIN WATER OFF IF THERE ARE
ANY LEAKS. AND KEEP PLENTY OF
TRASH BAGS AROUND IN CASE
TOILETS AREN’T WORKING.
I THINK THEY DID PRETTY WELL.
JOYCE: THEY DID A FABULOUS JOB.
YES, THEY DID.
VAL: SO WE HOPE IT WAS HELPFUL.
MR. MARTINEZ: AND I THINK WE
WILL BE MOVING SOME FURNITURE
AROUND TO ACCOMMODATE WHAT’S
SAFER IN THE HOUSE FOR US.
JOYCE: WONDERFUL. THANK YOU.
MR. & MRS. MARTINEZ: THANK YOU.
VAL: TAKE CARE, NOW.
FAMILY: BYE!
JOYCE: SEE YOU LATER.
VAL: SO HOW DO HOMES AS
STRUCTURES DO? WELL, THE MAIN
THING TO REMEMBER IS THAT YOUR
FOUNDATION SHOULD BE IN GOOD
SHAPE. AND IF YOU’VE GOT A
CRAWLSPACE, MAKE SURE YOUR HOME
IS BOLTED TO THE FOUNDATION AND
THAT THE CRIPPLE WALLS ARE
REINFORCED WITH SHEER WALLS,
WHICH ARE USUALLY JUST BOARDS OF
PLYWOOD. YOUR CONTRACTOR CAN
HELP YOU WITH THAT. BUT THE GOOD
NEWS OVERALL IS THAT HOMES DO
FAIRLY WELL IN EARTHQUAKES,
AS TOM HEATON OF CALTECH
EXPLAINS.
TOM: I’VE SEEN MANY BUILDINGS
IN EARTHQUAKES, AND IN GENERAL I
WOULD SAY GENERALLY OUR WOODEN
HOUSES DO EXTREMELY WELL IN
EARTHQUAKES. WOODEN HOUSES ARE,
UH, ARE VERY LIGHTWEIGHT. AND
FURTHERMORE, THEY–A WOODEN
HOUSE HAS TO CARRY THE CONTENTS
OF THE HOUSE. A WOODEN HOUSE
CARRIES THE SAME CONTENTS THAT
A HEAVY BRICK BUILDING DOES.
SO WHEN WE BUILD OUR HOUSES, WE
BUILD THEM STRONG ENOUGH THAT
THEY HAVE VERY LITTLE
DEFLECTION. THEY ACTUALLY DO
VERY WELL IN EARTHQUAKES.
VAL: AND WHAT ABOUT APARTMENTS?
WELL, THIS LIFE-SIZE 7-STORY
APARTMENT BUILDING WAS
CONSTRUCTED ON A HUGE SHAKING
TABLE AT AT UCSD. AND AS YOU CAN
SEE, SCIENTISTS FOUND THAT IF
IT’S DESIGNED RIGHT, IT CAN
WITHSTAND A MAJOR JOLT.
AND WITH EVERY MAJOR QUAKE,
ENGINEERS AND SEISMOLOGISTS
LEARN MORE AND MORE, AND CODES
AND STANDARDS ARE UPGRADED.
SO THAT IN GENERAL, THE NEWER
THE BUILDING, THE SAFER THE
BUILDING.
JASON: ONE DECISION THAT
CALIFORNIANS NEED TO MAKE IS
WHETHER OR NOT TO BUY EARTHQUAKE
INSURANCE FOR THEIR HOME. AND
OF COURSE THAT MEANS ANSWERING
SOME IMPORTANT QUESTIONS, LIKE
HOW VULNERABLE IS YOUR HOME?
CAN YOU AFFORD TO REPAIR MAJOR
DAMAGE? AND IS THE DEDUCTIBLE
WORTH IT? VAL SPOKE WITH
CANDYSSE MILLER FROM THE
INSURANCE INFORMATION NETWORK
OF CALIFORNIA FOR SOME ANSWERS.
VAL: SO, CANDYSSE, YOU MUST GET
THIS QUESTION A LOT. HOMEOWNERS
IN CALIFORNIA–THE AVERAGE HOME
IS WORTH HALF A MILLION DOLLARS
THESE DAYS. SHOULD THEY GET
EARTHQUAKE INSURANCE?
CANDYSSE: WELL, IT REALLY ALL
DEPENDS. A LOT OF IT HAS TO DO
WITH YOUR EQUITY. HOW MUCH DID
YOU PUT IN TO THAT HOME?
HOW MUCH DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR
HOME RIGHT NOW? WE KNOW THIS.
WHILE EARTHQUAKE INSURANCE MAY
NOT BE FOR EVERYBODY, FAR TOO
FEW PEOPLE HAVE IT. ONLY ABOUT
12% OF CALIFORNIANS HAVE
EARTHQUAKE INSURANCE.
VAL: THAT’S INCREDIBLY LOW. 12%.
CANDYSSE: ONLY 12%. AND SO MANY
OF US LIVE ON TOP OF OR VERY
CLOSE TO ACTIVE EARTHQUAKE
FAULTS.
VAL: SO WHAT’S THE GENERAL RULE?
THE MORE EQUITY YOU HAVE IN YOUR
HOUSE, THE MORE YOU SHOULD GET
INSURANCE?
CANDYSSE: ABSOLUTELY. THE MORE
YOU HAVE TO LOSE, THE MORE YOU
HAVE TO HAVE A FINANCIAL
RECOVERY PLAN FOR AN EARTHQUAKE.
NOW, MAYBE THAT’S EARTHQUAKE
INSURANCE. MAYBE IT’S A NEST EGG
THAT YOU’VE SET ASIDE. BUT YOU
SHOULD HAVE SOME FINANCIAL PLAN.
VAL: NOW, OBVIOUSLY IF A HOME
IS ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE TO
EARTHQUAKES, IF IT’S RIGHT ON
A FAULT, THEN THAT WOULD BE
ANOTHER REASON TO GET QUAKE
INSURANCE. BUT WHAT OTHER
FACTORS SHOULD WE LOOK AT?
CANDYSSE: THERE ARE A LOT OF
THINGS. EARTHQUAKES ARE VERY
COMPLICATED, AND IT’S AN
EVOLVING SCIENCE. NOT ONLY IS IT
WHERE THE FAULT IS, BUT WHAT IS
THE STRUCTURE OF YOUR HOME?
HOW OLD IS YOUR HOME?
IS IT UP TO CURRENT BUILDING
CODE STANDARDS? IS IT MADE OUT
OF A WOOD FRAME? IS IT BRICK AND
MORTAR? FORTUNATELY NOT TOO MANY
HOMES IN CALIFORNIA ARE. WHAT
SORT OF SOIL CONTENT DO YOU
HAVE UNDER YOUR HOME? ARE YOU
ON BEDROCK? OR ARE YOU ON LAND
THAT CAN LIQUEFY, LIKE WE SAW
UP IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
DURING LOMA PRIETA. ALL OF THOSE
THINGS COMBINED TO SET YOUR
ACTUAL RISK OF EARTHQUAKE
DAMAGE.
VAL: NOW, WE DID LEARN FROM
KATRINA THAT IT WAS THE FLOODING
THAT DID THE HUGE AMOUNT OF
DAMAGE. AND YOU KNOW THE DELTA
IN, UH, AROUND SACRAMENTO AND
THE BAY AREA, THERE’S LEVEES
THAT COULD BREAK AND SO FORTH.
ARE THOSE HOMEOWNERS AT RISK
FOR THE SAME KIND OF THING?
CANDYSSE: THEY COULD BE,
ABSOLUTELY. FLOOD INSURANCE IS
DIFFERENT THAN HOMEOWNER
INSURANCE. FLOOD INSURANCE IS
AVAILABLE THROUGH A FEDERAL
PROGRAM CALLED THE NATIONAL
FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM. AND
LIKE EARTHQUAKE INSURANCE, IT IS
NOT A PART OF YOUR HOMEOWNER
POLICY. YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE
YOU DO AN EVALUATION OF YOUR
HOME EVERY YEAR, BECAUSE SO MANY
OF US HAVE TAKEN THAT EQUITY
THAT WE’VE DEVELOPED AND WE’VE
PUT IN FANCY KITCHENS OR
BEAUTIFUL MASTER BATH, AND IF WE
HAVEN’T UPDATED OUR INSURANCE
POLICY, IF THE UNTHINKABLE
HAPPENS, WE MAY NOT HAVE ENOUGH
INSURANCE TO GET BACK THOSE
GRANITE COUNTERTOPS. YOU WANT
THOSE. SO IT’S VERY IMPORTANT
TO MAKE SURE YOU KEEP YOUR
INSURANCE UP TO DATE.
VAL: IN SHORT, THE MORE EQUITY
YOU HAVE IN YOUR HOME, THE MORE
YOU SHOULD CONSIDER EARTHQUAKE
INSURANCE. IF NOT, THINK ABOUT
A NEST EGG, ENOUGH TO COVER
MAJOR DAMAGE. SIZE UP THE
VULNERABILITY OF YOUR HOME–
ITS AGE, STRUCTURE, AND THE SOIL
IT’S ON. REMEMBER, FLOOD
INSURANCE IS SEPARATE FROM
EARTHQUAKE INSURANCE. AND IT’S
ALSO GOOD TO GET ALL YOUR
IMPORTANT FINANCIAL PAPERS
TOGETHER, BANK ACCOUNT NUMBERS,
AND INSURANCE POLICIES, AS PART
OF YOUR EARTHQUAKE KIT.
CANDYSSE MILLER WITH THE
INSURANCE INFORMATION NETWORK OF
CALIFORNIA, GREAT ADVICE.
THANK YOU SO MUCH.
CANDYSSE: THANK YOU.
JASON: WHEN WE COME BACK, WE’LL
TAKE A LOOK AT HOW YOU CAN MAKE
YOUR OFFICE SAFER IF A QUAKE
HITS.
VAL: IT’S RIGHT AFTER THIS SHORT
BREAK.
TREVIN: HI, MY NAME IS TREVIN
REESE, AND I’M FROM READY
AMERICA, AND WE ARE THE DISASTER
SUPPLY PROFESSIONALS. WE’VE BEEN
IN BUSINESS FOR 25 YEARS, AND
TODAY I’M GOING TO DEMONSTRATE
ON HOW WE USE ALL OF OUR
FASTENING PRODUCTS FOR YOUR
BENEFIT IN YOUR HOME AND KEEP
YOUR FAMILY SAFE. I WANT TO SHOW
YOU GUYS HOW TO DEMONSTRATE
THE FASTENING STRAP FOR
THE 40-INCH FLAT SCREEN TV. SO
THE KITS COME WITH TWO STRAPS
RIGHT HERE THAT YOU CAN SEE, AS
WELL AS ALL THE HARDWARE
NECESSARY AND OUR THUMB LOCKS
THAT HAVE THE INDUSTRIAL
STRENGTH ADHESIVE. SO QUICKLY,
I’M GOING TO DEMONSTRATE FOR YOU
GUYS HOW TO INSTALL
THIS. SO TAKE THE WASHER AND THE
SCREW, ATTACH IT RIGHT THROUGH
HERE. AND ALL THE TVs HAVE
PRE-DRILLED HOLES SO YOU CAN
ATTACH IT SIMPLY RIGHT INTO
HERE. AND THEN YOU CAN TIGHTEN
IT DOWN. AND THEN YOU’RE GONNA
WANT TO TAKE THIS THUMB LOCK
RIGHT HERE. SIMPLY ATTACH IT,
LIFT THE HANDLE, SLIDE IT
THROUGH, AND THEN YOU CAN ADJUST
IT TO ANY LENGTH THAT YOU HAVE
THAT YOUR CABINET IS ON,
THE TV IS ON. THAT’LL PUT IT
RIGHT HERE.
PERFECT. AND YOU ALSO WANT TO
MAKE SURE YOU PEEL THIS OFF AS
SIMPLY AS POSSIBLE RIGHT HERE.
AND THIS IS THE ADHESIVE THAT
WILL PEEL RIGHT ONTO THE BOTTOM
HERE. AND MAKE SURE YOU ALWAYS
WANT TO PRESS DOWN AND TIGHTEN
IT PERFECTLY. AND THEN ALSO FOR
ADDED MEASURE, WE HAVE OUR QUAKE
HOLD PUTTY. THIS IS GREAT TO
HELP EXTRA SECURE YOUR TV DOWN
TO THE BASE. SO WHAT I’M GONNA
DO IS I’M GONNA TAKE OFF A SMALL
PORTION OF IT AND I’M GOING TO
ROLL IT INTO A BALL AND SET IT
RIGHT UNDERNEATH THE BASE. AND
YOU WANT TO DO THIS TO ALL
4 CORNERS IF POSSIBLE TO ADD FOR
EXTRA PROTECTION. AND THEN PUSH
DOWN AS TIGHTLY AS POSSIBLE AND
IT’LL HELP TO SECURE YOUR TV.
VAL: HI, EVERYBODY, I’M VAL
ZAVALA. AND I’LL BET YOU’RE
PICKING UP QUITE A FEW VALUABLE
TIPS FROM OUR SPECIAL
PRESENTATION OF “BRACING FOR
A QUAKE.” IT’S BROUGHT TO YOU BY
YOUR PUBLIC TELEVISION STATION.
AND IT’S ONE OF THE MANY
IMPORTANT SHOWS WE’RE PROUD TO
BRING YOU EVERY SINGLE DAY. AND
I HOPE YOU’LL SHOW YOUR
APPRECIATION BY GETTING IN TOUCH
WITH US AND MAKING YOUR
TAX-DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION.
WE’VE GOT LOTS MORE VITAL
INFORMATION COMING UP. AND RIGHT
NOW I’D LIKE YOU TO MEET OUR
SPECIAL GUEST, FROM THE
CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE AUTHORITY,
GLENN POMEROY. GLENN, THANK YOU
FOR BEING HERE.
GLENN: WELL, THANK YOU, VAL. AND
THANK YOU FOR PUTTING ON THIS
VERY IMPORTANT PROGRAM.
VAL: IT IS IMPORTANT. PEOPLE ARE
GOING TO LEARN A WHOLE LOT IN
THE NEXT HOUR OR SO. NOW, A LOT
OF PEOPLE HAVE NOT EVEN HEARD OF
THE CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE
AUTHORITY. I UNDERSTAND YOU CAME
INTO BEING AFTER THE NORTHRIDGE
QUAKE. SO WHAT DOES
THE AUTHORITY DO?
GLENN: WELL, WE’RE AN EARTHQUAKE
INSURANCE COMPANY THAT’S A
NOT-FOR-PROFIT COMPANY CREATED
BY THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA AFTER
NORTHRIDGE. THAT WAS A BIG
EARTHQUAKE. A LOT OF INSURANCE
CLAIMS PAID, A LOT OF LOSSES
INCURRED. MOST INSURANCE
COMPANIES DIDN’T WANT ANYTHING
TO DO WITH EARTHQUAKE INSURANCE
AFTER THAT. SO THE STATE
ORGANIZED THIS NOT-FOR-PROFIT
EARTHQUAKE INSURANCE COMPANY TO
GIVE CALIFORNIANS A PLACE WHERE
THEY COULD GET EARTHQUAKE
INSURANCE THAT’S AFFORDABLE AND
AVAILABLE TO THEM.
VAL: AND NOW LET ME PUT YOU ON
THE SPOT A LITTLE BIT. WE JUST
HEARD THAT A VERY SMALL
PERCENTAGE OF CALIFORNIA
HOMEOWNERS ACTUALLY HAVE
EARTHQUAKE INSURANCE. AND WHEN
YOU ASK CALIFORNIANS WHY THEY
DON’T, THEY ALWAYS SAY, IT’S TOO
EXPENSIVE AND THE DEDUCTIBLES
ARE TOO HIGH. SO WHAT ARE YOU
DOING–HOW ARE YOU DEALING WITH
THAT?
GLENN: YEAH. WELL, ACTUALLY, I
THINK THERE WAS SOME TRUTH IN
THAT A WHILE AGO. NOT ANYMORE.
EARTHQUAKE INSURANCE USED TO BE
VERY EXPENSIVE, ESPECIALLY AFTER
THE NORTHRIDGE EARTHQUAKE WHEN
WE ALL REALIZED THE EXTENT OF
THIS RISK. BUT OVER TIME, WE’VE
BEEN ABLE TO LOWER RATES. WE’VE
LOWERED RATES 50% SINCE WE’VE
BEEN AROUND. IT COSTS HALF AS
MUCH AS IT WOULD HAVE IF WE HAD
NOT BEEN ABLE TO LOWER THOSE
RATES. WE’VE ALSO, ESPECIALLY
THIS YEAR, ROLLED OUT ALL SORTS
OF NEW COVERAGE OPTIONS. SO NOW
CALIFORNIANS REALLY ARE IN THE
DRIVER’S SEAT. THEY CAN CHOOSE
THE KIND OF COVERAGE THAT MEETS
THEIR OWN NEEDS AND BUDGET. IT’S
MUCH MORE FLEXIBLE AND MUCH MORE
AFFORDABLE THAN IT’S EVER BEEN
BEFORE.
VAL: SO PEOPLE SHOULD CHECK IT
OUT IF THEY HAVEN’T LOOKED AT IT
FOR A WHILE.
GLENN: ABSOLUTELY.
VAL: THAT’S GREAT. GLENN, THANK
YOU SO MUCH. THERE’S A LOT MORE
TO TALK ABOUT. AND WHILE YOU’RE
WATCHING AND LEARNING WHAT TO DO
BEFORE THE NEXT QUAKE STRIKES,
PICK UP THE PHONE AND SUPPORT
PUBLIC TV IN YOUR TOWN, BECAUSE
THAT’S HOW WE STAYED PREPARED.
YOUR HELP MAKES ALL THIS
POSSIBLE. AND WHEN YOU REACH OUT
TO PARTNER WITH US, HERE’S HOW
WE’LL SAY THANKS.
BE PREPARED. THAT’S YOUR FIRST
LINE OF DEFENSE IN CASE OF
AN EARTHQUAKE. WHEN YOU MAKE
A DONATION OF $60, OR A MONTHLY
CONTRIBUTION OF $5.00, WE’LL
THANK YOU WITH A DVD COPY OF
THE SHOW YOU’RE WATCHING,
“BRACING FOR A QUAKE.” THIS
EDUCATIONAL DVD HAS STEP-BY-STEP
INSTRUCTIONS ON WHAT YOU AND
YOUR FAMILY CAN DO TO PREPARE.
PLUS, IT INCLUDES A BONUS
QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION
WITH THE CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE
AUTHORITY. MAKE A ONE-TIME
DONATION OF $96, OR JUST $8 A
MONTH, AND WE’LL SEND YOU THE
BRACING FOR A QUAKE EARTHQUAKE
KIT, WHICH INCLUDES A FIRST AID
QUICK GUIDE, WHISTLE, EMERGENCY
BLANKET, RESPIRATOR, AND MUCH
MORE. THIS KIT IS FILLED WITH
VITAL EMERGENCY AND PERSONAL
ITEMS APPROVED BY THE U.S. COAST
GUARD TO BETTER AID YOU IN
A DISASTER. INCREASE YOUR
DONATION TO $120, OR JUST $10
A MONTH, AND YOU’LL GET BOTH
THE EARTHQUAKE KIT AND THE DVD.
YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT ENABLES
PUBLIC TELEVISION TO CONTINUE
BRINGING YOU INFORMATIVE AND
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS LIKE
“BRACING FOR A QUAKE: A SURVIVAL
GUIDE.” THANK YOU.
YOU KNOW, IT JUST TAKES A FEW
MOMENTS TO STEP UP AND SUPPORT
YOUR PUBLIC MEDIA SOURCE. AND
WHETHER IT’S NEWS,
DOCUMENTARIES, ARTS AND CULTURE,
HEALTH, TRAVEL, FOOD, OR
IMPORTANT PUBLIC SERVICE
PROGRAMS LIKE THE ONE YOU’RE
WATCHING RIGHT NOW, WE DEPEND ON
YOU TO MAKE IT ALL HAPPEN.
THE INFORMATION’S RIGHT THERE ON
YOUR SCREEN, SO PLEASE CALL OR
GO ONLINE RIGHT NOW. AND WITH US
IS GLENN POMEROY FROM THE
CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE AUTHORITY.
YOU KNOW, GLENN, PEOPLE WHO RENT
APARTMENTS OR OWN CONDOS, THEY
MAY THINK, OH, I DON’T NEED
EARTHQUAKE INSURANCE BECAUSE
THE BUILDING HAS IT. SO WHY
SHOULD I WORRY ABOUT IT? ARE
THEY WRONG ABOUT THAT?
GLENN: THEY’RE WRONG, YEAH. IT’S
A COMMON MYTH THAT IF YOU RENT
OR OWN A CONDO, YOU’RE COVERED,
BUT YOU’RE NOT. A CONDOMINIUM
ASSOCIATION WILL BUY COVERAGE
FOR THE WHOLE STRUCTURE, BUT
PROVIDES NO PROTECTION AT ALL
FOR THE CONDOMINIUM UNIT OWNER
AND THE STUFF THAT PERSON HAS
INSIDE IT. SAME WITH SOMEONE WHO
RENTS IN AN APARTMENT COMPLEX.
THAT PERSON HAS NO FINANCIAL
PROTECTION FOR EVERYTHING THEY
HAVE INSIDE THEIR APARTMENT. THE
ONLY WAY TO GET THAT IS THROUGH
A CONDO EARTHQUAKE INSURANCE
POLICY OR A RENTER’S EARTHQUAKE
INSURANCE POLICY, COVER THEIR
STUFF THAT THEY OWN AND GIVE
THEM VALUABLE PROTECTION FROM
WHAT’S CALLED LOSS OF USE. IF
THEY HAVE TO LIVE OUTSIDE OF
THAT PLACE FOR A WHILE WHILE
IT’S BEING FIXED, THE COVERAGE
KICKS IN AND GIVES THEM
FINANCIAL PROTECTION TO PAY
COSTS FOR THE ADDITIONAL LIVING
EXPENSES THEY’RE GOING TO INCUR.
VAL: SO YOU CAN GET COVERAGE
JUST FOR YOUR–WHAT YOU OWN,
YOUR POSSESSIONS? YOU DON’T HAVE
TO GET IT FOR THE STRUCTURE IF
YOU’RE A RENTER?
GLENN: THAT’S CORRECT. IN FACT,
IF YOU’RE A RENTER, YOU CAN ONLY
INSURE THE THINGS YOU OWN IN
YOUR APARTMENT UNIT. IF YOU’RE
A CONDO OWNER, YOU CAN INSURE–
ONLY INSURE THE THINGS IN YOUR
CONDO UNIT. YOU CAN’T INSURE
THE WHOLE CONDOMINIUM STRUCTURE.
THAT’S FOR THE ASSOCIATION TO
INSURE.
VAL: SO IT’S ACTUALLY VERY
CUSTOMIZABLE TO PEOPLE’S
SITUATIONS.
GLENN: YEAH, ABSOLUTELY. BUT
IT’S A COMMON MISCONCEPTION.
VAL: NOW HERE’S ANOTHER. IF YOU
STARTED THINKING ABOUT CREATING
YOUR OWN EARTHQUAKE PLAN, YOU
MIGHT ALSO BE THINKING IT’S SO
MUCH TROUBLE. THERE’S SO MANY
THINGS I HAVE TO DO, SO MUCH
STUFF I HAVE TO BUY. WELL,
MAYBE. BUT LOOK AT IT THIS WAY.
YOU DO IT ONLY ONCE AND THEN YOU
HAVE PEACE OF MIND FOR A LONG,
LONG TIME. IT’S KIND OF LIKE
SUPPORTING PUBLIC TV. ALL IT
TAKES IS ONE CALL OR A FEW
CLICKS AND YOU HELP GUARANTEE
AN UNINTERRUPTED FLOW OF GREAT
PROGRAMS. SO TAKE THAT ONE STEP
RIGHT NOW. AND WHEN YOU DO,
WE’LL RETURN THE FAVOR. HERE’S
HOW.
BE PREPARED. THAT’S YOUR FIRST
LINE OF DEFENSE IN CASE OF
AN EARTHQUAKE. WHEN YOU MAKE
A DONATION OF $60, OR A MONTHLY
CONTRIBUTION OF $5.00, WE’LL
THANK YOU WITH A DVD COPY OF
THE SHOW YOU’RE WATCHING,
“BRACING FOR A QUAKE.” THIS
EDUCATIONAL DVD HAS STEP-BY-STEP
INSTRUCTIONS ON WHAT YOU AND
YOUR FAMILY CAN DO TO PREPARE.
PLUS, IT INCLUDES A BONUS
QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION
WITH THE CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE
AUTHORITY. MAKE A ONE-TIME
DONATION OF $96, OR JUST $8 A
MONTH, AND WE’LL SEND YOU THE
BRACING FOR A QUAKE EARTHQUAKE
KIT, WHICH INCLUDES A FIRST AID
QUICK GUIDE, WHISTLE, EMERGENCY
BLANKET, RESPIRATOR, AND MUCH
MORE. THIS KIT IS FILLED WITH
VITAL EMERGENCY AND PERSONAL
ITEMS APPROVED BY THE U.S. COAST
GUARD TO BETTER AID YOU IN
A DISASTER. INCREASE YOUR
DONATION TO $120, OR JUST $10
A MONTH, AND YOU’LL GET BOTH
THE EARTHQUAKE KIT AND THE DVD.
YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT ENABLES
PUBLIC TELEVISION TO CONTINUE
BRINGING YOU INFORMATIVE AND
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS LIKE
“BRACING FOR A QUAKE: A SURVIVAL
GUIDE.” THANK YOU.
YOU KNOW WHAT I REALLY LIKE
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM IS HOW IT
CORRECTS ALL THOSE MYTHS ABOUT
EARTHQUAKES. DON’T STAND IN
A DOORWAY. DON’T RUN OUTSIDE.
AND FORGET ABOUT THE SO-CALLED
TRIANGLE OF LIFE. IT DOES NOT
EXIST. HERE’S ANOTHER MYTH. IF
YOU DON’T SUPPORT YOUR PUBLIC
TV, NO PROBLEM, SOMEONE ELSE
WILL. UH-HUH. YOUR SUPPORT DOES
MATTER. IT’S VITAL. IT’S THE
ENGINE THAT DRIVES EVERYTHING WE
DO. SO DON’T WAIT FOR SOMEONE
ELSE TO STEP UP. MAKE THAT CALL.
WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT.
AND WITH ME NOW IS GLENN
POMEROY. HE’S WITH THE
CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE AUTHORITY.
NOW, THE CEA SUPPORTS A LOT OF
EARTHQUAKE RESEARCH. WE’RE IN
CALIFORNIA, OF COURSE, AND
COMPARED TO 10 OR 15 YEARS AGO,
WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?
GLENN: WELL, WE’VE LEARNED
A LOT. UM, YOU KNOW, CALIFORNIA
IS HOME TO TWO THIRDS OF THE
NATION’S EARTHQUAKE RISK. SO YOU
HAVE THIS CONCENTRATION OF
KNOWLEDGE IN THE STATE AS WELL.
YOU HAVE UNIVERSITIES AND OTHER
ORGANIZATIONS AND AGENCIES. WE
ALL WORK TOGETHER TO CONTINUE TO
ADVANCE OUR KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THIS
REALLY POTENTIALLY DEVASTATING
NATURAL CATASTROPHE. SO WE’VE
LEARNED MORE ABOUT WHERE THE
RISK IS AND WHAT THE
PROBABILITIES ARE. AND WE’RE
LEARNING MORE ALL THE TIME. AND
WE’RE ALSO LEARNING WHAT WE
DON’T KNOW. AND WE KNOW THERE
ARE UNKNOWN FAULTS THAT WE NEED
TO KEEP STUDYING AND TRY TO
UNDERSTAND. WE’RE ALSO LEARNING
HOW TO MAKE BUILDING STOCK
SAFER. LARGE COMMERCIAL
BUILDINGS ARE BUILT TO STRONGER
CODE NOW THAN THEY USED TO BE
BECAUSE OF THIS RESEARCH. WE’VE
LEARNED HOW TO MAKE OLDER HOMES
SAFER BY GOING IN AND
RETROFITTING THEM WITH SOME
FAIRLY SIMPLE STEPS.
VAL: OH, YES. THAT’S THE ONES ON
THE RAISED PLATFORMS.
GLENN: THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT.
VAL: THE RAISED FOUNDATIONS.
GLENN: YOU GO IN UNDERNEATH AND
PUT IN SOME BRACES AND BOLTS AND
YOU DRAMATICALLY REDUCE THE RISK
OF THAT HOME TOPPLING OFF OF ITS
FOUNDATION. SO WE’RE LEARNING
MORE ALL THE TIME. WE’RE
DEVELOPING PROGRAMS TO HELP
PEOPLE GET THE JOB DONE, GET
AHOLD OF THAT BUILDING
CONTRACTOR AND GET THE WORK
PERFORMED BEFORE THE GROUND
STARTS SHAKING. AND IT’S REALLY
ALL BECAUSE OF THE RESEARCH THAT
WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO SUPPORT.
VAL: SO WHAT’S THE BIG CHALLENGE
THAT LIES AHEAD? WHAT DO YOU
STILL REALLY HAVE TO ACCOMPLISH?
GLENN: YOU KNOW, TOUGH QUESTION
BECAUSE THERE’S SO MUCH THAT HAS
YET TO BE DONE. BIG ADVANCEMENTS
ARE MADE EVERY TIME THERE’S
A BIG EARTHQUAKE BECAUSE THAT’S
WHAT FOCUSES EVERYONE’S
ATTENTION.
VAL: AND WE LEARN SO MUCH.
GLENN: AND WE LEARN SO MUCH. AND
WE’VE HAD A NUMBER OF THEM OVER
TIME HERE IN CALIFORNIA. BUT
THERE’S SO MUCH THAT HAS YET TO
BE DONE. WE’RE STILL WORKING TO
MAKE OLDER STRUCTURES SAFER. AND
MILLIONS OF HOMES IN CALIFORNIA
NEED TO BE RETROFITTED. AND WE
HAVE TO GET AT IT. MILLIONS OF
HOMES IN CALIFORNIA HAVE
ABSOLUTELY NO FINANCIAL
PROTECTION FOR THE DAMAGE
THEY’LL SUSTAIN IN A MAJOR
EARTHQUAKE. WE’VE GOT TO GET
MORE PEOPLE INSURED. THERE’S SO
MANY THINGS WE HAVE TO DO. KEEP
TEACHING OUR KIDS WHAT TO DO,
DROP, COVER, AND HOLD. YOU KNOW,
WE JUST HAVE TO KEEP AT IT.
VAL: WELL, THERE IS A LOT MORE
TO DO AND THERE’S A LOT MORE TO
EXPLORE AND ENJOY RIGHT HERE ON
YOUR PUBLIC MEDIA SOURCE. SO
REMEMBER, YOU ARE THE REASON
FOR EVERYTHING WE DO. SO I HOPE
YOU’LL SHOW YOUR APPRECIATION BY
GETTING IN TOUCH RIGHT NOW. BE
PROUD OF THE WORK YOU MAKE
POSSIBLE. AND NOW JOIN US AS WE
LOOK AT EARTHQUAKE SAFETY ON
THE ROAD AND ON THE JOB. LET’S
GO BACK TO “BRACING FOR A QUAKE:
A SURVIVAL GUIDE.”
JASON: YOU KNOW, WITH SO MUCH
TRAFFIC CONGESTION THESE DAYS,
WE SPEND A LOT OF TIME BEHIND
THE WHEEL. SO LET’S SAY YOU’RE
ON YOUR WAY TO WORK OR SCHOOL OR
MAYBE EVEN SHOPPING AND
AN EARTHQUAKE STRIKES. WOULD YOU
KNOW WHAT TO DO?
WELL, WE’RE HERE WITH JOYCE
HARRIS AGAIN TO TALK A LITTLE
BIT ABOUT WHAT TO DO IN THE CAR.
I GUESS IT ALL STARTS HERE IN
THE TRUNK, RIGHT?
JOYCE: YES, IT DOES. WHENEVER
THERE’S A MAJOR, UH, DISASTER,
YOU’LL–YOU NEED TO HAVE
SUPPLIES WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU
ARE. AND ESPECIALLY IN YOUR CAR
BECAUSE MOST OF THE TIME IF
YOU’RE AWAY FROM HOME, YOU’LL BE
IN YOUR CAR.
JASON: SO THERE’S A GOOD
POSSIBILITY YOU MIGHT HAVE TO
GET OUT OF YOUR CAR AND WALK.
JOYCE: YES, THAT’S EXACTLY
RIGHT. AND IF YOU DO HAVE TO DO
THAT, IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO
HAVE A PAIR OF STURDY SHOES SO
THAT YOU CAN WALK COMFORTABLY
WITHOUT TOO MUCH HASSLE. UM,
MAKE SURE YOU KEEP A PAIR OF
STURDY SHOES IN YOUR CAR, KEEP
THEM IN YOUR TRUNK, AND IT WILL
HELP YOU BE SAFER.
JASON: AN OUNCE OF PREPARATION–
JOYCE: IS WORTH A POUND OF CURE.
JASON: SO YOU’VE GOT YOUR KIT IN
YOUR TRUNK, YOU’RE HEADED DOWN
THE ROAD, AND AN EARTHQUAKE
STRIKES. A LOT OF FOLKS WOULD BE
ASKING, WHAT DO I DO THEN?
JOYCE: OK, THE SAFEST THING TO
DO IF YOU’RE IN YOUR CAR, YOU’RE
DRIVING, PULL OVER TO THE SIDE
OF THE ROAD AND STOP AND SET
YOUR PARKING BRAKE. THE MAIN
THING TO DO IS TO STAY IN YOUR
CAR BECAUSE THINGS MAY BE
FALLING AROUND YOU AND YOUR CAR
WILL BE YOUR COVER AND PROTECT
YOU FROM THOSE HAZARDS.
JASON: NOW, THERE’S A LOT OF
DIFFERENT CONDITIONS PEOPLE
MIGHT BE DRIVING IN, THE CITY,
THE COUNTRY, OR MAYBE EVEN ON
A BRIDGE. I IMAGINE THERE ARE
SOME DIFFERENT THINGS YOU SHOULD
DO IN THAT REGARD.
JOYCE: YES. WELL, IF YOU’RE IN
A CITY, OF COURSE, YOU’LL HAVE
OTHER TRAFFIC AROUND YOU, SO
YOU HAVE TO BE REALLY CAREFUL,
BUT YOU STILL WANT TO PULL OVER
AS SOON AS YOU CAN AND STOP
BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT
HAZARDS WILL BE AHEAD OF YOU
THAT YOU MAY RUN INTO. THE SAME
THING FOR IN A COUNTRY ROAD. YOU
HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE LEEWAY,
BUT YOU STILL NEED TO PULL OVER
AND STOP BECAUSE YOU STILL DON’T
KNOW. ON A BRIDGE, YOU
DEFINITELY WANT TO PULL OVER AND
STOP BECAUSE THE BRIDGE COULD
COLLAPSE, BUT YOU WON’T KNOW
THAT. THERE COULD BE DANGER
RIGHT AHEAD OF YOU. SO PULL OVER
AND STOP IS YOUR SAFEST ACTION
IN ALL CASES.
JASON: JOYCE, OF COURSE
A DISTINCT HAZARD ALONG
THE ROADSIDE ARE POWER LINES.
LET’S SAY YOU’RE DRIVING DOWN
THE ROAD, EARTHQUAKE HAPPENS,
POWER LINE FALLS ON YOUR CAR.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO THEN?
JOYCE: WELL, YOUR SAFEST ACTION
IS TO STAY INSIDE OF YOUR CAR.
DON’T TRY TO GET OUT BECAUSE IF
YOU–WHEN YOU TRY TO–WHEN YOU
TOUCH THE GROUND, YOU COULD BE
ELECTROCUTED FROM A LIVE POWER
LINE THAT’S ON YOUR CAR. SO STAY
IN YOUR CAR UNTIL YOU CAN GET
HELP IN GETTING THE LIVE WIRE
OFF OF YOUR CAR.
JASON: SO REMEMBER, HAVE AN
EARTHQUAKE KIT AND SOME SHOES IN
THE TRUNK OF YOUR CAR. IF AN
EARTHQUAKE HITS, PULL OVER
CAREFULLY, STOP, SET THE PARKING
BRAKE, AND WAIT. STAY IN YOUR
CAR UNTIL THE SHAKING STOPS. AND
IF A POWER LINE HAS FALLEN,
DON’T GET OUT, WAIT UNTIL
SOMEONE CAN REMOVE IT SAFELY.
VAL: SO WE’VE TAKEN A LOOK AT
HOW TO MAKE OUR HOMES SAFER, BUT
WE ALSO SPEND A LOT OF TIME AT
WORK.
JASON: THAT’S RIGHT, VAL. HAVE
YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT HOW TO
PREPARE YOUR WORKPLACE FOR
AN EARTHQUAKE?
JOYCE, WE OFTEN DON’T THINK
ABOUT JUST HOW MUCH TIME WE
SPEND AT WORK. THERE’S A GOOD
LIKELIHOOD AN EARTHQUAKE MIGHT
HIT WHILE WE’RE THERE, RIGHT?
JOYCE: YES, THAT’S EXACTLY
RIGHT. AND WE SEE THAT BUILDINGS
SUCH AS THIS, BRICK BUILDINGS OR
UNREINFORCED MASONRY, NEED TO BE
REINFORCED. AND THAT’S A GOOD
IDEA FOR YOU TO CHECK TO SEE IF
THAT HAS BEEN DONE OR NOT AT
YOUR WORKSITE.
JASON: SO HOW DO YOU KNOW IF
A BUILDING HAS BEEN REINFORCED?
LOOK FOR THESE SQUARE METAL
PLATES ON THE EXTERIOR. MOST
BRICK BUILDINGS ARE SUPPOSED TO
BE REINFORCED, BUT NOT ALL OF
THEM ARE. IN THE QUAKE THAT HIT
PASO ROBLES IN 2003, MANY BRICK
BUILDINGS COLLAPSED, AND BRICK
CHIMNEYS ARE NOTORIOUS FOR
FALLING IN A QUAKE.
SO, JOYCE, KNOWING THE AGE OF
THE BUILDING WHERE YOU WORK IS
PRETTY IMPORTANT, ISN’T IT?
JOYCE: YES, IT SURE IS. AND
SOMEWHERE AROUND THE SEVENTIES,
BUILDINGS WERE REQUIRED TO BE
RETROFITTED. SO IF YOU’RE
UNCERTAIN ABOUT WHETHER YOUR
BUILDING WAS ONE OF THOSE OR
NOT, YOU CAN CHECK WITH YOUR
BUILDING MANAGER OR SOMEONE LIKE
THAT TO FIND OUT FOR SURE.
JASON: AND OF COURSE, EVEN IF
YOU WORK IN A NEWER BUILDING,
THERE ARE HAZARDS OUTSIDE,
RIGHT?
JOYCE: YES, THERE CERTAINLY ARE.
EVEN NEWER BUILDINGS SUCH AS
THIS ONE, THE GLASS CAN FALL,
BRICKS CAN ALSO BREAK AND FALL,
FACADES FROM THE BUILDING CAN
COME DOWN. SO YOU STILL HAVE TO
BE CAREFUL.
JASON: THINGS TO BE AWARE OF
WHEN YOU’RE OUTSIDE, SOME THINGS
WE SHOULD PROBABLY LOOK AT
INSIDE, TOO, RIGHT?
JOYCE: YES.
JASON: LET’S TAKE A LOOK. WELL,
HERE’S A TYPICAL CUBICLE THAT
YOU FIND AT MANY OFFICES. BUT
SOME HIDDEN DANGERS HERE IN
AN EARTHQUAKE, RIGHT?
JOYCE: YES, THERE CERTAINLY ARE.
ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS I NOTICE
ARE THE OBJECTS UP ACROSS
THE FILING AREA. IF THOSE SHOULD
FALL, THEY COULD HIT YOU. EVEN
GLASS SUCH AS THIS CAN FALL OVER
AND BREAK AND BE A DANGER.
PICTURES ON A WALL CAN ALSO BE
A HAZARD. SO THEY NEED TO BE
SECURE TO THE WALL SO THEY WON’T
FALL AND CAUSE INJURY TO
THE PERSON SITTING RIGHT HERE AT
THE DESK. ANOTHER THING THAT YOU
CAN DO IN YOUR WORKSPACE AREA IS
TO SECURE YOUR COMPUTER. THESE
ARE VERY EXPENSIVE ITEMS. AND
USING VELCRO OR SOMETHING LIKE
THAT, YOU CAN SECURE IT TO
THE TABLE SO THAT IT WON’T FALL
OFF.
JASON: LET’S SAY YOU’RE
SITTING AT YOUR DESK AND YOU
FEEL THE EARTH START TO MOVE
UNDERNEATH YOUR FEET. WHAT
SHOULD YOU DO?
JOYCE: THE SAFEST ACTION IS WHAT
WE CALL DROP, COVER, AND HOLD
ON. YOU WOULD WANT TO DROP UNDER
A STURDY TABLE OR DESK SUCH AS
THIS, DROP DOWN UNDERNEATH, TAKE
COVER THERE. HOLD ON TO THE DESK
OR FURNITURE THAT YOU’RE TAKING
COVER UNDER BECAUSE IF IT STARTS
TO BOUNCE ACROSS THE ROOM, WHICH
IT MAY DO IN A VERY LARGE
EARTHQUAKE, YOU CAN CRAWL RIGHT
ALONG WITH IT AND YOUR COVER
WILL REMAIN OVER YOU.
JASON: WELL, WE WALK AROUND THIS
OFFICE AND IT DOESN’T TAKE LONG
TO FIND A HAZARD, DOES IT?
JOYCE: NO, NOT AT ALL. THIS IS
ONE TYPICAL EXAMPLE.
LOOK AT THIS BOOKCASE. IT IS NOT
BRACED TO THE WALL. IF IT SHOULD
FALL, IT CAN CREATE A HAZARD. IF
IT FALLS THAT WAY WHERE THERE’S
A DOOR OR PASSAGEWAY, IT COULD
BLOCK YOUR ACCESS AND ENTRANCE
INTO THE AREA. ANOTHER HAZARD IN
THE OFFICE ARE FILE CABINETS.
AND AS YOU CAN SEE, THIS COULD
BE A HAZARD BECAUSE DURING
THE SHAKING OF AN EARTHQUAKE,
THIS CAN FLOP BACK AND FORTH.
ALSO THE DRAWER ITSELF CAN
COME OUT, THE CONTENTS COULD
SPILL ONTO THE FLOOR.
JASON: EASILY COME OUT OF THERE.
JOYCE: EASILY COME OUT. OTHER
DRAWERS CAN JUST OPEN. AND IT’S
VERY DANGEROUS BECAUSE IF YOU’RE
IN THIS AREA, YOU COULD BE HIT
BY ANY OF THESE THINGS COMING
OUT. AND THEN IT MAKES QUITE
A MESS ON THE FLOOR AS WELL. IF
THIS FILE CABINET WERE TO FALL
OVER, IT COULD ALSO BLOCK
DOORWAYS OR OTHER WAYS FOR YOU
TO GET OUT OF THE OFFICE. SO
THAT’S A DANGER IN THE OFFICE
AS WELL. BUT ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF
A FILE CABINET THAT MIGHT BE OK
IS A FILE CABINET OF THIS TYPE,
WHERE THE DRAWER IS ALREADY
LOCKED.
JASON: IT’S LOCKED.
JOYCE: YES. BUT JUST LIKE THIS
ONE OVER HERE, YOU NEED TO MAKE
SURE THAT BOTH FILE CABINETS ARE
BRACED TO THE WALL SO THAT THEY
WON’T FALL OVER.
JASON: SO TO REVIEW, BE AWARE OF
UNREINFORCED BRICK BUILDINGS.
NOTE THE AGE OF THE BUILDING
YOU’RE IN. AT THE OFFICE, SECURE
ANY OBJECTS ABOVE YOUR DESK.
STRAP DOWN YOUR COMPUTER AND
OTHER HEAVY OBJECTS. BOOKCASES
SHOULD BE ATTACHED TO THE WALL.
FILE CABINETS SHOULD BE LOCKED
IF POSSIBLE. AND THIS CAN’T BE
SAID ENOUGH. IF A QUAKE HITS,
DROP, COVER, AND HOLD ON TO
A TABLE OR DESK.
WELL, JOYCE, WE’VE LEARNED ABOUT
THE MYTH OF STANDING IN A
DOORWAY DURING AN EARTHQUAKE. I
IMAGINE THERE’S SOME OTHERS,
RIGHT?
JOYCE: YES, THERE CERTAINLY IS.
ONE MYTH THAT WE’RE REALLY
TRYING TO DISPEL IS THE THEORY
ABOUT TRIANGLE OF LIFE. AND WHAT
IT IS, THE CONCEPT IS THAT IF
YOU GET NEAR A TALL OBJECT OR
SOMETHING LIKE THAT AND GET
DOWN, THERE’S LIKE A TRIANGLE
AREA OR A VOID SPACE THAT WOULD
KEEP YOU SAFE. BUT THAT IS
CERTAINLY A MYTH BECAUSE THE
SAFEST ACTION FOR PEOPLE TO TAKE
IS TO DROP, COVER, AND HOLD ON
UNDER THEIR TABLE OR STURDY
DESK. AND A LOT OF PEOPLE FORGET
ABOUT CONFERENCE ROOMS IN A
GENERAL OFFICE, BECAUSE THEY
HAVE BEAUTIFUL TABLES AND STURDY
TABLES THAT PEOPLE CAN GET UNDER
AS WELL TO TAKE COVER.
JASON: FOLKS THAT HAVE SEEN
THE TRIANGLE OF LIFE ON
THE INTERNET AND HEARD ABOUT
THIS THEORY SHOULD KNOW THAT’S
NOT ENDORSED BY FOLKS IN
THE UNITED STATES.
JOYCE: MOST DEFINITELY NOT. IT’S
JUST LIKE STANDING IN
THE DOORWAY, IT’S A MYTH, AND WE
DO NOT COMPLY WITH THAT.
JASON: SO THE SHAKING HAS
STOPPED AND YOU WANT TO GET OUT
OF THE BUILDING.
JOYCE: YES.
JASON: USE THE ELEVATOR.
JOYCE: NO, ELEVATORS ARE A
NO-NO. JUST LIKE AFTER A FIRE,
AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE, YOU NEVER
WANT TO USE AN ELEVATOR BECAUSE
THE POWER COULD GO OUT AND YOU
COULD GET TRAPPED IN
THE ELEVATOR. SO USE
THE STAIRWAY TO EXIT THE
BUILDING. THAT WILL BE YOUR
SAFEST WAY TO GET OUT AFTER
THE SHAKING HAS STOPPED.
JASON: WE’VE TALKED A LOT ABOUT
WHAT TO DO AROUND THE OFFICE,
BUT NOT EVERYBODY WORKS IN
AN OFFICE. SO IT’S A GOOD
IDEA TO KNOW WHAT YOUR WORKPLACE
HAS FOR AN EARTHQUAKE PLAN,
RIGHT?
JOYCE: YES, THAT’S CERTAINLY
TRUE. EVERY OFFICE SHOULD HAVE
AN EMERGENCY PLAN SO THAT YOU
WILL KNOW WHAT–WHAT ACTIONS
THEY WILL TAKE AFTER A MAJOR
DISASTER BECAUSE JUST REMEMBER,
YOU MAY BE STUCK IN YOUR OFFICE
FOR SEVERAL DAYS AFTER
THE DISASTER. SO YOU NEED TO
KNOW, DO THEY HAVE PLANS FOR
FOOD AND WATER AND SHELTER,
THINGS LIKE THAT. BUT EVERY
COMPANY SHOULD HAVE THAT PLAN.
AND YOU NEED TO BE FAMILIAR WITH
IT SO THAT YOU CAN BE SAFE AFTER
A MAJOR DISASTER.
JASON: GOOD INFORMATION, JOYCE.
I THINK FOLKS WILL TAKE IT TO
HEART. APPRECIATE IT.
JOYCE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
JASON: TO REITERATE,
THE SO-CALLED TRIANGLE OF LIFE
IS NOT ADVISED OR ENDORSED BY
SAFETY EXPERTS. AFTER THE
SHAKING STOPS, USE STAIRS, NOT
ELEVATORS. AND FAMILIARIZE
YOURSELF WITH YOUR COMPANY’S
EMERGENCY PLAN. AFTER AN
EARTHQUAKE HITS, ONE OF THE MOST
IMPORTANT THINGS, PERHAPS HAS
IMPORTANT AS FOOD AND WATER, IS
INFORMATION. BUT HOW DO WE GET
THAT INFORMATION QUICKLY AND
RELIABLY? VAL TALKED WITH BILL
STOUT OF THE ORANGE COUNTY
CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN RED
CROSS AT THEIR COMMUNICATIONS
CENTER IN SANTA ANA.
VAL: SO THE FIRST THING PEOPLE
WANT TO KNOW IN AN EARTHQUAKE OR
AN EMERGENCY IS WHAT’S HAPPENED.
THEY WANT INFORMATION. WHERE’S
THE BEST PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO GO
FOR GOOD INFORMATION?
BILL: WELL, THEY SHOULD HAVE
A PORTABLE RADIO AS PART OF
THEIR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
KIT. FAILING THAT, THEY
TYPICALLY WOULD HAVE A CAR RADIO
THAT THEY CAN GO TURN ON, SIT IN
THEIR CAR, LISTEN TO IT. UM, ALL
NEWS STATIONS ARE GOING TO BEGIN
BROADCASTING IMMEDIATELY ABOUT
THE EARTHQUAKE. IF THE
INTERNET’S UP AND AVAILABLE,
THERE ARE A VARIETY OF
EARTHQUAKE SITES ONLINE THAT
CAN REALLY GIVE VERY PRECISE
INFORMATION ABOUT THE EARTHQUAKE
LOCATION AND SHAKING INTENSITY
SO THAT IF IT’S AVAILABLE,
PEOPLE COULD GO SEE THAT AS
WELL.
VAL: BUT IN A REALLY BIG ONE,
WOULDN’T POWER BE OUT? WOULD
RADIO STATIONS BE UP? WOULD
THE INTERNET BE UP?
BILL: WELL, IT’S GONNA BE
SPOTTY, PROBABLY, ALL OVER
THE PLACE. CERTAINLY–IT’S
LIKELY THAT RADIOS ARE GOING TO
BE AVAILABLE. IF–IF NOTHING
ELSE, THEY HAVE, AS YOU KNOW,
REDUNDANCY TRANSMITTERS AND
THE LIKE AND POWER GENERATORS.
SO THEY’RE GONNA GET A SIGNAL
OUT. FAILING THAT, IT WOULD JUST
BE–JUST LISTENING FOR
INFORMATION THAT MAY BE COMING
OVER A BROADCAST SPEAKER WITH
FOLKS GOING THROUGH THEIR
NEIGHBORHOOD IF INDEED THERE’S
A REALLY EMERGENT CONDITION THAT
WOULD REQUIRE AN EVACUATION OR
THE LIKE IN THAT REGARD.
VAL: BUT IF YOU CAN’T GET TO
YOUR CAR FOR SOME REASON, YOU
CAN’T FIND A RADIO, THERE’S THIS
GREAT GADGET, RIGHT, THAT
DOESN’T EVEN REQUIRE BATTERIES.
BILL: THAT’S RIGHT. IT IS
A HAND-POWERED RADIO. AND THERE
ARE A VARIETY OF THEM OUT ON
THE MARKET NOW, BIG TO SMALL.
THIS ONE ACTUALLY HAS
A FLASHLIGHT, TOO. SO BATTERIES
AREN’T REQUIRED TO MAKE IT WORK.
SO I’M GONNA JUST CRANK IT FOR
A LITTLE BIT.
[RADIO CRANKING]
AND THEN I’M GOING TO TURN IT
ON.
[RADIO PLAYING]
AND IT WORKS. IT’S COMPLETE AS
IT IS.
VAL: THAT IS GREAT. NOW, THERE’S
A RUMOR GOING AROUND, MAYBE IT’S
A MYTH, THAT CELL PHONES ARE
MORE RELIABLE DURING AN
EARTHQUAKE THAN REGULAR PHONES.
IS THAT TRUE?
BILL: IF THE TELEPHONES ARE
DOWN, TYPICALLY CELL PHONES
WOULD BE DOWN AS WELL, IF
THE PUBLIC SWITCH NETWORK ISN’T
WORKING. ALSO, JUST AS WITH
REGULAR PHONES, CELL PHONE–
THERE’S A LIMITED NUMBER OF
CALLS THAT CAN BE MADE. THERE’S
A LIMITED BANDWIDTH. CLEARLY
A MESSAGE TO EVERYBODY IS THAT
IF YOU’RE–IF YOU’RE NOT
INJURED, IF YOU DON’T NEED TO
TALK TO SOMEBODY RIGHT AWAY
AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE, SIMPLY
DON’T. LET EMERGENCY CALLS PASS
THROUGH.
VAL: SO FOR THE BEST
INFORMATION, TUNE INTO RADIO
STATIONS. BE ALERT FOR PUBLIC
ANNOUNCEMENTS IN YOUR AREA.
A HAND-CRANK RADIO IS VERY
USEFUL. CELL PHONES ARE NOT
RELIABLE. DON’T ASSUME THEY’LL
WORK IF THE POWER IS OUT. IF
POWER IS WORKING AND THERE IS
A COMPUTER UP, YOU CAN GET
THE LATEST INFORMATION ON
EARTHQUAKES AT
EARTHQUAKE.USGS.GOV.
NOW, BILL, ONE OF THE SAFEST
PLACES WE CAN ACTUALLY BE IS
SIMPLY WALKING ALONG A SIDEWALK,
RIGHT, WITH NOT MUCH OVER US.
BILL: RIGHT. THERE–HERE, THERE
ARE NO OVERHEAD POWER LINES,
WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE BE
A CONCERN. IN A BIG EARTHQUAKE,
WE WOULD JUST WANT TO MOVE TO
THE SIDE SO WE WOULDN’T GET
TOSSED IN THE STREET
POTENTIALLY. BUT, YEAH,
ABSOLUTELY SAFE.
VAL: NO HIGH RISES AROUND US,
SO.
BILL: NO. GOOD PLACE TO BE.
VAL: SO JUST DO MORE WALKING.
BILL: ABSOLUTELY.
VAL: BILL, IF THERE’S ONE THING
CALIFORNIANS LOVE TO DO, IT’S
SHOP. SO WE DO SPEND A LOT OF
TIME IN STORES AND MALLS. WHAT
IF AN EARTHQUAKE HITS AND WE’RE
IN, YOU KNOW, A MALL LIKE THIS?
BILL: LIKE ANYWHERE ELSE IN
AN EARTHQUAKE, WE JUST WANT TO
BE AWARE OF OUR SURROUNDINGS AND
AVOID DANGEROUS FALLING OBJECTS.
SO IF WE WERE INSIDE THE MALL,
WE’D WANT TO GET AWAY FROM LARGE
PLATE-GLASS WINDOWS. WE’D WANT
TO BE AWAY FROM ANY OBVIOUS
THINGS THAT MAY BE FALLING ON US
IF WE’RE IN A STORE OR OUTSIDE,
IN TERMS OF THE DECORATIONS OR
WHATEVER THAT MIGHT BE THERE. WE
CERTAINLY JUST WANT TO STAY PUT
AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE AND LISTEN
FOR INSTRUCTIONS. WE DON’T WANT
TO RUSH TOWARDS EXITS BECAUSE
MANY PEOPLE MAY BE DOING THAT
AND SIMPLY, YOU DON’T WANT TO
BE CAUGHT IN THAT CRUSH.
VAL: SHOULD OUR STRATEGIES BE
DIFFERENT WHETHER WE’RE INSIDE
OR OUTSIDE?
BILL: YOU DON’T WANT TO TRY AND
RUN OUT IN THE MIDST OF THE
EARTHQUAKE. IF YOU’RE RUNNING
AND EVERYTHING’S SHAKING, YOU’RE
LIKELY TO FALL AND REALLY RISK
GREATER INJURY.
VAL: SO THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT.
PEOPLE SHOULD NOT TRY TO RUSH
TOWARD AN EXIT OR GET OUT.
YOU’RE BETTER OFF IF YOU’RE–
ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE ON
THE SECOND OR THIRD FLOOR, STAY
PUT.
BILL: ABSOLUTELY.
VAL: SO IF THE MAIN DANGER IS
THINGS FALLING ON YOU, THEN
BEING IN AN OPEN PARKING LOT
LIKE THE ONE BEHIND YOU IS
ACTUALLY PRETTY SAFE, RIGHT?
BILL: ABSOLUTELY. THERE’S NO
OVERHANGING WIRES. THERE’S
REALLY NOTHING TO FEAR. IN
A COVERED PARKING LOT THAT’S
MULTISTORIED, INDEED WE CAN LOOK
BACK ON THE HISTORY OF
EARTHQUAKES IN NORTHRIDGE AND
A VARIETY OF EARTHQUAKES, YOU
CAN SEE THAT THOSE HAVE
COLLAPSED. THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF
RETROFITTING AND CERTAINLY NEWER
CODES FOR NEWER STRUCTURED
PARKING LOTS ARE A LOT BETTER
THAN THEY WERE. IF I AM IN
A COVERED PARKING LOT AND I’M
CONCERNED, I’M GONNA DO AN,
ESSENTIALLY, DUCK AND COVER. I’M
GONNA GET NEXT TO A CAR,
THE BIGGEST, STRONGEST ONE I CAN
FIND, AND JUST GET DOWN LOW SO
IF SOMETHING DID FALL, I’VE GOT
THE PROTECTION OF THE CAR ABOVE
ME.
VAL: OR IF YOU’RE REALLY AFRAID
OF THINGS, MAYBE YOU SHOULD JUST
ALWAYS PARK IN AN OPEN AIR
PARKING LOT OR THE TOP LEVEL.
BILL: YEP, OR INTERNET SHOPPING.
VAL: THERE YOU GO.
OK, LET’S REVIEW. AT A MALL OR
A STORE, MOVE AWAY FROM WINDOWS
OR LARGE SIGNS, ANYTHING THAT
CAN FALL ON YOU. DON’T RUSH TO
THE EXITS. TRYING TO NAVIGATE
A STORE DURING THE SHAKING IS
DANGEROUS. LISTEN FOR
INSTRUCTIONS AFTER THE SHAKING
STOPS. OR AFTER IT STOPS, MOVE
SLOWLY TO THE EXITS. AND IF
YOU’RE IN A PARKING GARAGE, DUCK
NEXT TO A LARGE VEHICLE FOR
PROTECTION.
SO, BILL, WHAT SHOULD WE DO IF
WE’RE IN A CROWD, LIKE IN
A THEATER, A STADIUM, EVEN
A CHURCH, WHERE THERE’S A LOT OF
PEOPLE, BUT THE SEATING IS
STATIONARY?
ANNOUNCER: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
THE GAME HAS BEEN CALLED.
BILL: ONCE AGAIN, WE’RE GONNA
STAY PUT DURING THE EVENT ITSELF
BECAUSE TRYING TO RUN DURING
A BIG EARTHQUAKE JUST LEADS TO
INJURY. WE CAN ESSENTIALLY DROP
AND COVER NEXT TO THE SEATS.
THEY’RE TYPICALLY RATHER STURDY.
SO IF THERE’S A DANGER OF
SOMETHING FALLING FROM ABOVE, AS
AN INDOOR–IN A CHURCH OR
AN INDOOR THEATER, WE CAN
MITIGATE THAT BY JUST HAVING
OUR HEADS LOWER THAN THE SEATS.
WE’RE GONNA WAIT TILL
THE SHAKING STOPS, AND THEN
FIGURE OUT WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN
NEXT.
VAL: SO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT
STORES, BECAUSE STORES HAVE
CHANGED A LOT. WE HAVE THESE BIG
BOX WAREHOUSE STORES WITH THINGS
STACKED UP TO THE CEILING. HOW
SHOULD WE APPROACH THEM?
BILL: WELL, I THINK YOU WANT TO
BE AWARE OF THE SURROUNDINGS
WHEN YOU GO IN AND UNDERSTAND
THAT INDEED STUFF JUST BECOMES
MISSILES IN AN EARTHQUAKE.
CERTAINLY BE AWARE OF PERHAPS
AN OPEN AREA THAT YOU’D WANT TO
GET TO WITHIN THE STORE OR IN
SOME CASES, JUST AN AREA THAT
YOU CAN DUCK INTO NEAR A SHELF
SO THAT IF SOMETHING IS FLYING
OFF A SHELF OR A NEARBY SHELF,
YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO
ESCAPE. AND IN GENERAL, IT’S
JUST USEFUL ADVICE TO KNOW WHAT
YOUR SURROUNDINGS ARE IN ANY OF
YOUR LOCATIONS SO WHEN YOU WALK
IN, YOU CAN NOTICE EXITS AND
KNOW HOW YOU’D GET OUT, ROUGHLY
THE DISTANCES THAT ARE INVOLVED,
AND JUST SORT OF SCAN FOR WHAT
COULD BE AN OBSTACLE OR
SOMETHING THAT’S GOING TO BECOME
A MISSILE, IN FACT, IN AN
EARTHQUAKE.
VAL: SO YOU PERSONALLY AS
A DISASTER AWARENESS PERSON ARE
VERY AWARE OF WHAT SITUATION
YOU’RE WALKING INTO, WHETHER
THE BUILDING’S OLD OR NEW OR 3
STORY OR ONE STORY. YOU KIND OF
HAVE A LITTLE CHECKLIST IN YOUR
HEAD?
BILL: EXACTLY.
VAL: OK, ONCE AGAIN, IF YOU’RE
IN A STADIUM OR A THEATER, STAY
PUT. USE THE STRONG SEATS AS
PROTECTION. AND MAINLY, BE AWARE
OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS AND THINK
ABOUT HOW YOU’LL RESPOND IF
A QUAKE SHOULD HIT.
BILL: AND AGAIN, WE GO FOR YEARS
AND YEARS WITHOUT THAT
HAPPENING.
VAL: WE GET VERY COMPLACENT.
BILL: ABSOLUTELY. I MEAN, WITH
OUR PREPAREDNESS AT HOME,
WITH OUR READINESS SYSTEM,
EVERYTHING. BUT YOU
JUST WANT TO KEEP THAT IN THE
BACK OF YOUR MIND, WHAT WOULD
HAPPEN NOW? AM I READY NOW TO
RESPOND?
VAL: BILL STOUT WITH THE ORANGE
COUNTY CHAPTER OF THE RED CROSS,
THANK YOU SO MUCH. THAT’S GREAT
ADVICE.
BILL: ABSOLUTELY.
JASON: IN OUR NEXT SEGMENT, WE
TAKE A LOOK AT MAKING A PLAN FOR
YOUR COMMUNITY AND WHAT YOU
SHOULD HAVE IN YOUR EARTHQUAKE
KIT.
VAL: THAT’S RIGHT AFTER THIS
IMPORTANT BREAK.
TREVIN: NOW WE’RE GOING TO
DEMONSTRATE OUR FURNITURE SAFETY
STRAP. HERE’S WHAT IT’S GONNA
LOOK LIKE. THESE ARE GREAT
BECAUSE THEY COME IN 5 DIFFERENT
COLORS TO MATCH EVERY TYPE OF
FURNITURE YOU WILL HAVE. THEY’RE
GREAT TO INSTALL ON ANY
BOOKSHELVES, ANYTHING WITH
TOP-HEAVY FURNITURE. REALLY
IMPORTANT TO GET THESE INSTALLED
BECAUSE KIDS PLAY A LOT AROUND
THEM, SO YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE
THAT IN AN EMERGENCY, THIS IS
SAFE. SO HERE REAL QUICK, WE
HAVE THE ADHESIVE THAT’S GONNA
GO ONTO THE TOP. THESE ARE
REALLY GREAT BECAUSE IT DOES NOT
DAMAGE THE FURNITURE AT ALL. AND
THEN–YOU DON’T HAVE TO DRILL
ANY HOLES INTO THE FURNITURE.
AND THEN WE HAVE THE VELCRO
ADHESIVE RIGHT HERE. AND IT’S
INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH, SO IT WILL
PREVENT ANYTHING FROM FALLING
AND HAS A LOAD CAPACITY OF ABOUT
400 POUNDS. SO FIRST TO INSTALL
THIS, WE’RE SIMPLY GONNA WANT TO
FIND A STUD IN THE WALL. SO
WE’RE GONNA GET A STUD FINDER,
AND THEN HERE WE HAVE A STUD. SO
WE’RE GONNA FIND THAT STUD, AND
THEN WE’RE GOING TO TAKE THE
FURNITURE STRAP AND THE HARDWARE
AND WE’RE SIMPLY GOING TO
INSTALL THIS RIGHT HERE AND
DRILL IT IN. ALL RIGHT, SO AFTER
YOU FINISH THE DRILLING, YOU’RE
GONNA WANT TO ROTATE THE STRAP
ALL THE WAY UP SO IT’S VERTICAL.
AND THEN YOU’RE GOING TO WANT TO
PEEL OF THE TOP PART RIGHT HERE
AND STICK FIRMLY ON TOP OF
THE CABINET. AND THAT’S HOW YOU
INSTALL THE FURNITURE SAFETY
STRAP.
VAL: HELLO, EVERYONE. I HOPE
YOU’RE ENJOYING OUR SPECIAL
PRESENTATION OF “BRACING FOR
A QUAKE.” I’M VAL ZAVALA, ALONG
WITH GLENN POMEROY, CEO OF
THE CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE
AUTHORITY. NOW LET ME ASK YOU
ONCE AGAIN TO JUST TAKE A MOMENT
AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THIS
PROGRAM AND ALL THE GREAT
PROGRAMS THAT WE BRING YOU EACH
AND EVERY DAY ON THE AIR AND
ONLINE. NONE OF IT HAPPENS
WITHOUT YOUR HELP. BUT WHEN YOU
PARTNER WITH US, WE’RE ABLE TO
CONTINUE OUR MISSION AND BRING
YOU THE VERY BEST IN PUBLIC
MEDIA. SO PLEASE GET IN TOUCH
RIGHT NOW. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS
CALL OR GO ONLINE. NOW, GLENN, I
WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT CELL
PHONES. WE ARE COMPLETELY
DEPENDENT ON CELL PHONES THESE
DAYS. SOME PEOPLE EVEN CANCELLED
THEIR LANDLINE. SO WHAT DO WE DO
IN CASE OF AN EARTHQUAKE AND OUR
CELL PHONES OR EVEN OUR
LANDLINES DON’T WORK? WHAT WILL
HAPPEN TO CELL PHONES IN
AN EARTHQUAKE?
GLENN: WELL, YOU KNOW, EXPERTS
DON’T REALLY KNOW. MAIN THING IS
DON’T PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE
BASKET. CELL PHONES ARE GREAT.
THERE’S ALL SORTS OF
NOTIFICATIONS YOU CAN GET ABOUT
EARTHQUAKES THAT ARE OCCURRING
ELSEWHERE. TECHNOLOGY IS
ADVANCING. AND SOME DAY, WE’LL
ALL BE ABLE TO GET A BIT OF
A WARNING, 5 TO 10 SECOND
WARNING REALLY BEFORE
THE EARTHQUAKE STRIKES. THAT’S
A WAYS OFF, BUT IT’S COMING.
THE MAIN THING IS HAVE A PLAN
IN CASE ALL COMMUNICATIONS ARE
DOWN. IF YOU DON’T HAVE
A LANDLINE, CELL SERVICE IS NOT
AVAILABLE, HOW ARE YOU GONNA
CONNECT WITH YOUR LOVED ONES?
HAVE A PLAN IN ADVANCE. REALLY
MAKE THIS INTO YOUR EARTHQUAKE
PREPAREDNESS PLAN. WHERE ARE WE
GONNA CONNECT IF PHONE SERVICE
IS OUT? AND JUST BE READY FOR
THAT CONTINGENCY.
VAL: YEAH, THAT IS TRICKY ‘CAUSE
HOW DO WE COMMUNICATE THESE DAYS
IF IT’S NOT ELECTRONIC? I’M TOLD
THAT SOMETIMES YOU CAN ACTUALLY
REACH LIKE RELATIVES ACROSS
THE COUNTRY WHEN YOU CANNOT
NECESSARILY REACH SOMEBODY
ACROSS TOWN. BUT–
GLENN: YEP. THAT’S NOT A BAD
FALLBACK PLAN, TOO.
VAL: BUT IT MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE.
GLENN: CORRECT.
VAL: NOW LAST YEAR IN LOS
ANGELES, THE CITY COUNCIL
ORDERED CELL PHONE PROVIDERS TO
ACTUALLY STRENGTHEN THEIR TOWERS
SO THEY’LL KEEP OPERATING DURING
A QUAKE, BUT GETTING THAT DONE
WILL TAKE A LOT OF TIME, SO
WHAT’S THE BEST STRATEGY IN
THE MEANTIME?
GLENN: YOU KNOW, AGAIN, I JUST
REALLY THINK IT’S A MATTER OF
HAVING A BACK-UP PLAN. SO
VISUALIZE WHAT THE WORLD’S GONNA
BE LIKE AFTER A BIG EARTHQUAKE
WHEN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD’S BEEN
DEVASTATED. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO
GET BY FOR THE NEXT 24, 48
HOURS? HOW ARE YOU GONNA
COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE, YOUR
LOVED ONES, MAYBE PEOPLE WHO
LIVE WITH YOU, IF YOU’RE NOT AT
HOME WHEN THE EARTHQUAKE
STRIKES? WHERE ARE YOU GONNA
MEET?
VAL: WHERE ARE YOU GONNA MEET,
THAT’S THE MAIN THING, RIGHT,
SO YOU’RE NOT CROSSING, ONE
GOING HOME, ONE GOING TO WORK.
GLENN: THAT’S RIGHT.
VAL: WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO
MEET? THAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT.
GLENN: RIGHT. AND IT DOESN’T
TAKE THAT LONG TO SORT OF HAVE
A CONSERVATION OVER DINNER AND
CERTAINLY FIGURE IT OUT, MAYBE
COMMIT IT TO WRITING AND PUT IT
WITH YOUR EARTHQUAKE
PREPAREDNESS KIT. AND TALK ABOUT
IT EVERY NOW AND THEN. JUST BE
PREPARED. WE DON’T NEED TO LIVE
IN FEAR IN CALIFORNIA. WE KNOW
IT’S GONNA HAPPEN AGAIN. PART OF
WHAT MAKES CALIFORNIA SO
BEAUTIFUL IS THE FAULTS THAT
CREATE THIS, YOU KNOW, THIS
GEOGRAPHY. WE DON’T NEED TO LIVE
IN FEAR. WE JUST NEED TO BE
PREPARED. AND THERE’S PLENTY OF
WAYS WE CAN DO MORE TO BE JUST
AS PREPARED AS CAN BE.
VAL: THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU
KNOW, MORE THAN EVER, WE RELY ON
TECHNOLOGY FOR SO MANY THINGS.
SO MANY THINGS WE TAKE FOR
GRANTED. IT’S IMPORTANT TO
REMEMBER THAT ALL THIS
TECHNOLOGY NEEDS A POWER SOURCE.
AND IF A QUAKE KNOCKS OUT THAT
POWER SOURCE, WHAT THEN? WELL, I
HOPE THIS PROGRAM IS MAKING
AN IMPRESSION IN HELPING YOU
COME UP WITH THAT PLAN “B.” AND
I HOPE YOU ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT
WHEN IT COMES TO PUBLIC TV, YOU
ARE THE POWER SOURCE. WE NEED
YOU, SO PLEASE CALL OR GO ONLINE
AND SUPPORT THIS STATION AND
WE’LL SAY THANK YOU WITH A VERY
SPECIAL GIFT.
BE PREPARED. THAT’S YOUR FIRST
LINE OF DEFENSE IN CASE OF
AN EARTHQUAKE. WHEN YOU MAKE
A DONATION OF $60, OR A MONTHLY
CONTRIBUTION OF $5.00, WE’LL
THANK YOU WITH A DVD COPY OF
THE SHOW YOU’RE WATCHING,
“BRACING FOR A QUAKE.” THIS
EDUCATIONAL DVD HAS STEP-BY-STEP
INSTRUCTIONS ON WHAT YOU AND
YOUR FAMILY CAN DO TO PREPARE.
PLUS, IT INCLUDES A BONUS
QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION
WITH THE CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE
AUTHORITY. MAKE A ONE-TIME
DONATION OF $96, OR JUST $8 A
MONTH, AND WE’LL SEND YOU THE
BRACING FOR A QUAKE EARTHQUAKE
KIT, WHICH INCLUDES A FIRST AID
QUICK GUIDE, WHISTLE, EMERGENCY
BLANKET, RESPIRATOR, AND MUCH
MORE. THIS KIT IS FILLED WITH
VITAL EMERGENCY AND PERSONAL
ITEMS APPROVED BY THE U.S. COAST
GUARD TO BETTER AID YOU IN
A DISASTER. INCREASE YOUR
DONATION TO $120, OR JUST $10
A MONTH, AND YOU’LL GET BOTH
THE EARTHQUAKE KIT AND THE DVD.
YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT ENABLES
PUBLIC TELEVISION TO CONTINUE
BRINGING YOU INFORMATIVE AND
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS LIKE
“BRACING FOR A QUAKE: A SURVIVAL
GUIDE.” THANK YOU.
YOU KNOW, THIS IS REALLY
A WIN-WIN ALL AROUND. YOU GET
A TAX DEDUCTION, PLUS YOUR VERY
OWN COPY OF THIS IMPORTANT
PROGRAM. BEST OF ALL, YOU
PARTNER WITH US TO FIND AND
PRESENT VITAL AND COMPELLING
PUBLIC MEDIA. AND WHETHER IT’S
NEWS, PUBLIC AFFAIRS, ARTS AND
CULTURE, HEALTH, TRAVEL, WE
DEPEND ON YOU TO SUPPORT AND
MAKE A LOT OF IT POSSIBLE. SO I
HOPE THAT YOU’RE GETTING IN
TOUCH WITH US RIGHT NOW.
YOU KNOW, GLENN, BELIEVE IT OR
NOT, IT’S BEEN MORE THAN TWO
DECADES SINCE THE NORTHRIDGE
QUAKE. A LOT OF THINGS HAVE
IMPROVED, BUT THERE’S A LOT OF
OFFICES, HOMES THAT ARE NOT
PREPARED. IT’S EASY TO GET
COMPLACENT, I GUESS. IS THAT
WHAT IT IS?
GLENN: WELL, THAT’S ONE OF
THE REASONS WHY EARTHQUAKES ARE
SO DANGEROUS. NOT ONLY CAN THEY
BE POWERFULLY DESTRUCTIVE,
THEY JUST DON’T HAPPEN VERY
OFTEN AND SO WE TEND TO PUT THEM
OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND. IT
HAS BEEN OVER 20 YEARS. COULD
HAPPEN AGAIN THIS AFTERNOON. BUT
WE’RE NOT CONSTANTLY REMINDED.
THERE’S NO LIKE HURRICANE SEASON
FOR EARTHQUAKES.
VAL: GOOD POINT.
GLENN: SO, UM, IT’S SO IMPORTANT
THAT WE CONTINUALLY REMIND
OURSELVES WE LIVE IN EARTHQUAKE
COUNTRY. SCIENTISTS SAY IT’S
GONNA HAPPEN AGAIN. IT’S
AN ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY. A LOCAL
EXPERT RECENTLY SAID THE SAN
ANDREAS FAULT IS LOCKED, LOADED,
AND READY TO ROLL. IT’S GOING TO
HAPPEN. THAT’S NOT SKY IS
FALLING TALK. IT’S JUST TALK
SAYING LET’S FACE REALITY. LET’S
NOT LIVE IN FEAR, LET’S JUST GET
READY.
VAL: YOU KNOW, IT’S NEVER A GOOD
IDEA JUST TO LET THINGS SLIDE.
AND THAT’S WHY “BRACING FOR
A QUAKE” IS SUCH A MEANINGFUL
SHOW. AND WE’RE PROUD TO SHARE
IT WITH YOU HERE ON PUBLIC TV.
AND IF YOU LIKE, YOU CAN ALSO
HAVE IT RIGHT IN YOUR OWN HOME
ANYTIME YOU NEED A REFRESHER
COURSE. IT’S EASY TO GET A COPY
OF THIS PROGRAM FOR YOUR OWN
COLLECTION. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO
IS GET IN TOUCH WITH US AND MAKE
A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION.
TAKE A LOOK.
BE PREPARED. THAT’S YOUR FIRST
LINE OF DEFENSE IN CASE OF
AN EARTHQUAKE. WHEN YOU MAKE
A DONATION OF $60, OR A MONTHLY
CONTRIBUTION OF $5.00, WE’LL
THANK YOU WITH A DVD COPY OF
THE SHOW YOU’RE WATCHING,
“BRACING FOR A QUAKE.” THIS
EDUCATIONAL DVD HAS STEP-BY-STEP
INSTRUCTIONS ON WHAT YOU AND
YOUR FAMILY CAN DO TO PREPARE.
PLUS, IT INCLUDES A BONUS
QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION
WITH THE CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE
AUTHORITY. MAKE A ONE-TIME
DONATION OF $96, OR JUST $8 A
MONTH, AND WE’LL SEND YOU THE
BRACING FOR A QUAKE EARTHQUAKE
KIT, WHICH INCLUDES A FIRST AID
QUICK GUIDE, WHISTLE, EMERGENCY
BLANKET, RESPIRATOR, AND MUCH
MORE. THIS KIT IS FILLED WITH
VITAL EMERGENCY AND PERSONAL
ITEMS APPROVED BY THE U.S. COAST
GUARD TO BETTER AID YOU IN
A DISASTER. INCREASE YOUR
DONATION TO $120, OR JUST $10
A MONTH, AND YOU’LL GET BOTH
THE EARTHQUAKE KIT AND THE DVD.
YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT ENABLES
PUBLIC TELEVISION TO CONTINUE
BRINGING YOU INFORMATIVE AND
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS LIKE
“BRACING FOR A QUAKE: A SURVIVAL
GUIDE.” THANK YOU.
WE REALLY DO APPRECIATE IT WHEN
YOU CONTRIBUTE AND WHEN YOU TELL
US WHAT QUALITY PUBLIC MEDIA
MEANS TO YOU, BECAUSE WE GET IT.
WE KNOW HOW DIFFERENT WE ARE. NO
ONE ELSE MAINTAINS SUCH A CLOSE
CONNECTION WITH OUR AUDIENCE AND
OUR COMMUNITIES. IT’S A REAL
PARTNERSHIP AND WE’RE VERY PROUD
OF IT. SO I HOPE THAT YOU’LL
CALL RIGHT NOW AND KEEP THIS
PARTNERSHIP GOING. NOW, GLENN
POMEROY, YOU KNOW, IN A COUPLE
OF MOMENTS, WE’LL BE GOING BACK
TO THE PROGRAM AND TO LOOK TO
SEE WHAT COMMUNITIES CAN DO,
WHAT NEIGHBORHOODS CAN DO. AND I
KNOW THAT YOU’RE OUT THERE
ADVOCATING FOR BETTER EARTHQUAKE
SAFETY. BUT HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH
PUBLIC OFFICIALS OR CITIES OR
COUNTIES THAT SAY, LOOK, WE HAVE
ALL THESE OTHER NEEDS, OTHER
PRIORITIES, WE’RE NOT SO SURE
ABOUT EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS?
GLENN: WELL, THE REALITY IS
THERE ARE A LOT OF NEEDS OUT
THERE. AND PUBLIC DOLLARS ARE
STRETCHED TO COVER ALL SORTS OF
NEEDS. IT’S INCUMBENT UPON ALL
OF US TO JUST STAY ON MESSAGE
THAT WE LIVE IN EARTHQUAKE
COUNTRY AND WE NEED TO BE
PREPARED, AND WE SHOULDN’T
EXPECT GOVERNMENT TO DO
EVERYTHING FOR US. THERE’S
A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF PERSONAL
RESPONSIBILITY THAT GOES ALONG
WITH LIVING IN THIS BEAUTIFUL
STATE AS WELL. MAKE THAT HOME
SAFE. SECURE THINGS TO THE WALLS
AND SO FORTH SO THEY DON’T FALL
DOWN AND KILL PEOPLE. HAVE
FINANCIAL PROTECTION IN PLACE SO
YOU HAVE THE FINANCIAL STRENGTH
TO REBUILD. THERE ARE THINGS
THAT WE CAN DO PERSONALLY WHILE
ADVOCATING FOR MORE PUBLIC
SUPPORT MORE BROADLY, BECAUSE
WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER AND
WE ALL NEED TO BE BETTER
PREPARED.
VAL: IT’S TRUE. AND I REMEMBER
FROM HAVING DONE THIS PROGRAM
THAT YOU DON’T ACTUALLY NEED TO
DEPEND ON THE CITY OR
THE COUNTY. YOU CAN DO A
NEIGHBORHOOD PREPAREDNESS OR YOU
CAN DO WORK WITH YOUR SCHOOL OR
LIBRARY. SO IT DOESN’T HAVE TO
BE A HUGE CITY-WIDE EFFORT.
PEOPLE CAN GET ORGANIZED IN
SMALLER GROUPS.
GLENN: THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT.
AND WE’VE SEEN IN COMMUNITIES
AROUND THE WORLD, THOSE
COMMUNITIES THAT RESPOND
THE BEST ARE THOSE THAT DO HAVE
A SORT OF NEIGHBORHOOD
INFRASTRUCTURE IN PLACE THAT,
YOU KNOW, WHEN COMMUNICATION
LINES ARE DOWN, WHEN IT’S
DIFFICULT FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE
VEHICLES TO GET AROUND QUICKLY,
NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS,
THE FASTEST WAY TO RESPOND.
VAL: THAT IS THE BEST WAY. AND
SO THAT’S SOMETHING WE CAN ALL
DO. WE DON’T HAVE TO WAIT FOR
SOME GOVERNMENT PROGRAM. YOU
KNOW, THERE REALLY IS NO GREATER
PRIORITY THAN PUBLIC SAFETY. AND
AS YOU’RE ABOUT TO SEE, YOU CAN
HELP YOUR COMMUNITY DEAL WITH
EARTHQUAKE CHALLENGES BY GETTING
INVOLVED. SO I HOPE THIS PROGRAM
INSPIRES YOU TO DO THAT, TO HELP
MAKE SURE YOUR SCHOOLS, YOUR
NEIGHBORHOODS, YOUR PUBLIC
FACILITIES ARE ALL UP TO SPEED.
AND I HOPE YOU’VE BEEN INSPIRED
TO SUPPORT OUR WORK RIGHT HERE
AT YOUR PUBLIC MEDIA SOURCE. SO
GIVE US A CALL, AND LET’S RETURN
NOW TO “BRACING FOR A QUAKE:
A SURVIVAL GUIDE.”
JASON: EARTHQUAKES CAN HIT AT
ANYTIME, AND THERE’S A GOOD
POSSIBILITY THAT FAMILIES WILL
BE SEPARATED. SO WHAT SHOULD
PARENTS DO IF THEY’RE AT WORK
AND THE KIDS ARE AT SCHOOL?
BOB: I’VE BEEN A FIREFIGHTER IN
MY HOMETOWN IN SIERRA MADRE.
JASON: VAL ZAVALA TALKED WITH
BOB SPEARS, DIRECTOR OF
EMERGENCY SERVICES FOR THE LOS
ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT.
VAL: BOB SPEARS, A LOT OF
PARENTS ARE GONNA BE AT WORK OR
AT HOME, MILES AWAY. THEIR KID’S
GONNA BE AT SCHOOL, AND THEY’RE
GONNA BE VERY, VERY WORRIED.
THEY’RE GONNA WANT TO GET TO
SCHOOL AS QUICKLY AS THEY CAN.
WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE TO PARENTS?
BOB: FIRST THING THE PARENTS
SHOULD KNOW IS THEY SHOULDN’T
PANIC. AND THEY SHOULD NOT RISK
THEIR SAFETY OR THE SAFETY OF
OTHERS TRYING TO GET TO THE
SCHOOL BECAUSE THEY FEEL THAT
THEY’RE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR
CHILD. THEY NEED TO KNOW THAT
THE SCHOOL HAS A PLAN,
THE SCHOOL IS PREPARED TO
SHELTER THE CHILDREN AND PROTECT
THEM UNTIL THE PARENT CAN GET
THERE.
VAL: YOU’RE NOT GONNA LET THEM
OFF CAMPUS UNLESS–
BOB: WE’RE NOT GONNA–WE’RE NOT
GONNA DISMISS THEM. WE’RE NOT
GONNA LET THEM OUT INTO THE
COMMUNITY BECAUSE WE DON’T KNOW
THAT THERE IS A CUSTODIAL PARENT
THERE TO–
VAL: AT HOME.
BOB: AT HOME.
VAL: AND THAT’S WHY PARENTS
REALLY NEED TO TAKE THIS
EMERGENCY INFORMATION CARD VERY
SERIOUSLY.
BOB: ABSOLUTELY. THIS IS
THE PARENTS’ WAY OF TELLING US
WHO CAN PICK UP THEIR CHILD, WHO
IS AUTHORIZED TO TAKE THEIR
CHILD OFF CAMPUS. WE DON’T KNOW
UNTIL THE PARENTS TELLS US.
VAL: AND IT’S A STATE LAW THAT
EACH SCHOOL HAS TO HAVE AN
EMERGENCY PLAN?
BOB: THAT’S CORRECT. EVERY
SCHOOL IN CALIFORNIA HAS TO HAVE
AN EMERGENCY PLAN. TWICE A YEAR
WE DRILL WITH IT. WE MAKE
THE SCHOOLS GO THROUGH EMERGENCY
DRILLS IN ADDITION TO THEIR FIRE
DRILLS AND EVERYTHING ELSE SO
THAT THEY PRACTICE WHAT’S IN
THE PLAN.
VAL: COMMUNICATIONS IS REALLY
IMPORTANT. THAT’S WHAT YOU’VE
GOT HERE, ALL READY TO GO ON
WHEELS.
BOB: IN LOS ANGELES UNIFIED
SCHOOL DISTRICT, EVERY SECONDARY
SCHOOL, THAT’S A MIDDLE SCHOOL
OR A HIGH SCHOOL, HAS A BASE
STATION THAT THEY CAN USE TO
CONTACT SCHOOL POLICE DIRECTLY.
SO IF THE POWER IS OUT AND
THE PHONES ARE OUT, THEY CAN
CALL SCHOOL POLICE AND GET
ASSISTANCE. IN ADDITION, EVERY
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HAS A HANDHELD
RADIO THAT THEY CAN USE TO
CALL THE LOCAL SECONDARY SCHOOL.
PLUS, WE ALSO PUT TOGETHER BOXES
FOR THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS
CENTER AT THE SCHOOL SO THEY CAN
HAVE THEIR PACKAGE OF ALL
THE INFORMATION AND ALL
THE SUPPLIES THEY WILL NEED TO
RUN THE EMERGENCY. AND ALSO, ALL
THE STUFF FOR THE REQUEST TO
THE UNION GATES.
VAL: SO WHEN IT COMES TO
SCHOOLS, REMEMBER, STATE LAW
REQUIRES THAT ALL SCHOOL
DISTRICTS HAVE AN EMERGENCY
PLAN. SCHOOLS WILL PROTECT
STUDENTS. AND THAT EMERGENCY
INFORMATION CARD IS IMPORTANT.
MAKE SURE YOU LIST ALL
THE PEOPLE WHO ARE AUTHORIZED TO
PICK UP YOUR CHILDREN.
IT’S ONE THING TO HAVE A PLAN ON
PAPER. IT’S ANOTHER THING TO
HAVE SUPPLIES. BOB SPEARS SHOWED
ME A HALF A DOZEN BIG BINS FULL
OF SURVIVAL GEAR.
SO, BOB, THIS IS ONE OF, WHAT,
4 SUPPLY BINS? THIS IS MORE THAN
A BIN, IT’S A SHED.
BOB: WE NEED TO STORE A LOT OF
SUPPLIES BECAUSE IN THE LOS
ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT,
WHAT WE TRY TO DO IS MAKE SURE
THAT EVERY SCHOOL HAS ENOUGH
SUPPLIES ON HAND TO SHELTER
THE KIDS FOR 3 DAYS.
VAL: THAT INCLUDES BLANKETS,
FIRST AID KITS, FLASHLIGHTS, AND
CARDS AND GAMES TO KEEP THE KIDS
OCCUPIED, AS WELL AS SEARCH AND
RESCUE EQUIPMENT LIKE GLOVES,
HELMETS, AND DUST MASKS.
BOB: WE ALSO HAVE WATER.
VAL: A LOT OF WATER. THIS IS
THE MAIN THING, RIGHT? TAKES UP
THE MOST SPACE.
BOB: TAKES UP THE MOST SPACE. WE
HAVE–
VAL: TOILETS.
BOB: TOILETS.
VAL: VERY IMPORTANT.
BOB: BECAUSE WE KNOW THE KIDS
ARE GONNA HAVE TO GO TO
THE BATHROOM AFTER THE
EARTHQUAKE.
VAL: THAT DOESN’T STOP.
BOB: AND THAT’S DOESN’T–THAT’S
NOT GONNA STOP. AND WE HAVE
THESE–
VAL: THIS IS COOL.
BOB: PRIVACY SHELTERS SO THAT
WHEN WE HAVE TO SET UP A TOILET
OR A LATRINE OPERATION OUT ON
A FIELD, WE CAN SET THIS UP AND
WE CAN–WE CAN BE READY TO GO.
VAL: YOU’VE REALLY THOUGHT OF
EVERYTHING HERE. NOW, ARE–ARE
MOST SCHOOLS AS WELL
PREPARED, OR SHOULD PARENTS
CHECK WITH EACH SCHOOL TO SEE?
BOB: PARENTS SHOULD CHECK WITH
THE SCHOOLS. IN CALIFORNIA WE
HAVE THE FIELD ACT. AND THE
FIELD ACT SAYS SCHOOLS WILL BE
BUILT TO A HIGHER STANDARD, OK,
AND BE INSPECTED MORE OFTEN. AND
THAT MEANS THAT WHEN YOU ARE IN
A SCHOOL, YOU SHOULD BE IN
A PRETTY SAFE PLACE. NOW, THAT
DOESN’T MEAN THE BUILDING IS
PERFECT. WHAT WE EXPECT IS TO
HAVE THE BUILDING SHIFT, SO
THERE MIGHT BE LIKE A DOOR THAT
DOESN’T OPEN. SO ONE OF
THE FIRST THINGS WE DO AFTER
AN EARTHQUAKE IS WE EVACUATE
THE BUILDING, WE GET THE KIDS
AWAY FROM THE BUILDING AND ITS
CONTENT, AND WE START LINING
THEM UP AND COUNTING WHO’S HERE
AND WHO’S NOT.
VAL: OUT IN THE OPEN SOMEWHERE.
BOB: OUT IN THE OPEN, AWAY FROM
THE SCHOOL. SO YOU’LL SEE THEM
OUT ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD, YOU
KNOW, AWAY FROM THE SCHOOL.
AND THEN IF SOMEBODY CAN’T OPEN
THEIR DOOR, WE SEND SEARCH AND
RESCUE TEAMS IN TO OPEN A DOOR
OR A OPEN A WINDOW SO THE KIDS
CAN GET OUT. BUT THE BUILDINGS–
WE WANT PARENTS TO UNDERSTAND
THAT THE BUILDINGS, EVEN
THE LITTLE BUNGALOWS, ARE
DESIGNED NOT TO COLLAPSE AND NOT
TO FAIL. OK. SO THEY SHOULD HAVE
A SENSE OF CONFIDENCE KNOWING
THAT THE CHILDREN ARE SAFER AT
SCHOOL. ONCE YOU HAVE ALL
THE STUDENTS OUT ON THE FIELD,
YOU HAVE TO RUN YOUR SCHOOL AND
ACCOUNT FOR EVERYONE. AND THAT
TAKES A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF
DOCUMENTATION. NOW, WE EXPECT
THE POWER TO BE OUT, SO ALL
THOSE COMPUTER–COMPUTER FILES
WON’T BE AVAILABLE.
VAL: THAT’S RIGHT.
BOB: SO WHAT WE DO IS WE HAVE
THE SCHOOLS STORE THE PRINTOUTS
OF ALL THE STUDENTS AND WHERE
THEY ARE AND ALL THEIR CONTACT
INFORMATION, ALL THEIR PARENTS,
EVERYTHING THAT THEY WOULD NEED
SO THAT IF SOMEBODY CAME UP AND
SAID, WHERE’S MY CHILD AND
WHAT’S GOING ON? THEY CAN FIND
THEM.
VAL: YOU CAN GET ORGANIZED,
CHECK EVERYBODY OFF THE LIST.
BOB: YOU CAN GET ORGANIZED, GET
EVERYBODY OFF. OTHERWISE, YOU
KNOW, YOU HAVE TO RELY ON MEMORY
AND THINGS LIKE THAT. AND
THAT’S–WE DON’T WANT TO–WE
DON’T WANT TO OVERLOOK ANYONE.
VAL: SO REMEMBER, THE FIELD ACT
REQUIRES THAT ALL CALIFORNIA
SCHOOLS BE BUILT TO A HIGHER
STANDARD. AND BE SURE TO CHECK
WITH YOUR LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
TO FIND OUT WHAT THEIR
PARTICULAR POLICIES ARE IN CASE
OF A QUAKE.
BOB SPEARS, THAT’S GREAT
INFORMATION. I HOPE ALL OF
THE SCHOOLS IN CALIFORNIA ARE AS
WELL PREPARED AS YOU ARE.
BOB: THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR
COMING. WE’RE GLAD TO SHARE IT
WITH YOU.
JASON: OK, YOU’VE GOT YOUR WATER
SUPPLY AND YOUR HOME SECURED,
BUT THERE’S SOMETHING ELSE
THAT’S JUST AS IMPORTANT. A PLAN
OF ACTION FOR YOUR FAMILY. OUR
EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS EXPERT
JOYCE HARRIS SAT DOWN WITH
THE MARTINEZ FAMILY TO GIVE THEM
SOME TIPS.
JOYCE: FOR AN EMERGENCY PLAN,
SOME OF THE THINGS YOU WOULD
WANT TO INCLUDE IS YOU NEED TO
HAVE A PLACE TO MEET IN CASE
YOUR HOME IS DAMAGED. SO YOU
NEED TO HAVE A COUPLE OF CHOICES
TO GO TO, ALTERNATE MEETING
SITES. YOU NEED TO HAVE
AN EVACUATION PLAN IN CASE YOU
HAVE TO EVACUATE YOUR HOME
ALTOGETHER AND GO TO A DIFFERENT
AREA. YOU NEED TO HAVE AN OUT OF
STATE CONTACT PERSON’S NAME AND
NUMBER. EACH FAMILY MEMBER
SHOULD HAVE THAT CONTACT
PERSON’S NAME BECAUSE AFTER
A MAJOR DISASTER, THE POWER WILL
BE OUT. YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO
CALL IN THE IMMEDIATE AREA. BUT
IF EACH PERSON HAS THE NAME OF
THEIR OUT OF STATE CONTACT
PERSON, IF YOU’RE SEPARATED INTO
SOME OTHER AREAS, YOU CAN CALL
YOUR OUT OF STATE CONTACT PERSON
AND LET THEM KNOW THAT YOU’RE
SAFE, WHERE YOU ARE. AND THEN AS
EACH PERSON CALLS TO THAT
PERSON, THEY’LL KNOW WHERE ALL
OF YOU ARE AT. KNOW THE POLICIES
OF YOUR CHILDREN’S SCHOOLS.
MAKE SURE THAT YOUR EMERGENCY
CARDS ARE UPDATED AND THAT
THE SCHOOL WILL KNOW WHAT
YOUR–WHAT YOU WANT TO–WANT
THEM TO KNOW.
JASON: TO SUM UP, HAVE AN
EVACUATION PLAN FOR YOUR HOME.
DESIGNATE AN OUT OF STATE PERSON
THAT EVERYONE CAN CALL AFTER
A QUAKE. AND PARENTS, BE SURE TO
KNOW THE EMERGENCY PLANS AND
POLICIES AT YOUR CHILDREN’S
SCHOOLS. SO THERE’S A BASIC
RULE. FIRST TAKE CARE OF
YOURSELF, THEN YOUR FAMILY,
AND THEN YOUR NEIGHBORS. SO HOW
DO YOU GOT ABOUT DEVISING A PLAN
FOR YOUR COMMUNITY? VAL ZAVALA
MET WITH CAPTAIN STACY GERLICH
OF THE LOS ANGELES FIRE
DEPARTMENT TO FIND OUT MORE
ABOUT HOW NEIGHBORHOODS CAN
PREPARE FOR AN EARTHQUAKE.
VAL: SO, CAPTAIN GERLICH, IF
A COMMUNITY WANTS TO GET ITS ACT
TOGETHER IN TERMS OF EMERGENCY
PREPAREDNESS, WHERE MIGHT A GOOD
PLACE TO START BE?
STACY: AH, YOU KNOW, THERE’S
A LOT OF DIFFERENT
PLACES. PROBABLY ONE
OF THE BEST PLACES IS WITH
YOUR FIRE DEPARTMENT TO FIND OUT
IF THERE’S A PROGRAM, BECAUSE
THERE IS A PROGRAM OUT THERE
NOW, IT’S NATIONWIDE. IT’S
CALLED COMMUNITY EMERGENCY
RESPONSE TRAINING. AND AGAIN,
THAT’S IN ALL 50 STATES,
7 FOREIGN COUNTRIES. SO THAT’S
PROBABLY THE BEST PLACE FOR
SOMEONE TO START.
VAL: AND THAT STANDS FOR
COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE
TEAM. CERT.
STACY: YES, CERT.
VAL: WHAT WOULD A PERSON LEARN?
IF I WERE TO SIGN UP AND SAY,
OK, I WANT TO GET CERT TRAINING,
WHAT WOULD I LEARN?
STACY: YOU’RE GONNA LEARN BASIC
INFORMATION ON HOW TO PREPARE
FOR DISASTER. SO IT WILL COVER
EARTHQUAKE, FIRE, FLOOD,
HURRICANE, TORNADO, ANYTHING–
ANY NATURAL DISASTER, ANYTHING
LIKE THAT.
VAL: DO I LEARN CPR?
STACY: YOU WILL LEARN CPR. NOT
EVERY DEPARTMENT WILL OFFER
THAT, BUT CERTAIN ONES WILL. AND
THEN YOU’LL LEARN FIRE
SUPPRESSION, HOW TO PUT OUT
A FIRE WITH A FIRE EXTINGUISHER.
YOU’LL LEARN TRIAGE. HOW TO
DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN WHO YOU
CAN SAVE AND WHO YOU CAN’T.
YOU’LL LEARN BANDAGING AND
SPLINTING, SEARCH AND RESCUE
OPERATIONS, INCIDENT COMMAND
SYSTEM, A LITTLE BIT ABOUT
DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY, AND THEN
WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION OR
TERRORISM AWARENESS TRAINING.
VAL: NOW, IT’S HARD ENOUGH TO
GET INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES TO
GET ALL THEIR WATER AND
EVERYTHING TOGETHER. BUT IT
SOUNDS EVEN MORE UNUSUAL FOR
A NEIGHBORHOOD OR COMMUNITY TO
GET ITSELF TOGETHER FOR
EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS.
STACY: I THINK IT WAS–YOU KNOW,
YEARS AGO IT WAS SORT OF
UNUSUAL, BUT I DON’T THINK IT’S
AS UNUSUAL ANYMORE BECAUSE
PEOPLE ARE UNDERSTANDING THAT
THEY’RE GONNA BE ON THEIR OWN.
I MEAN, YOU KNOW, YOUR FIRST
RESPONDING AGENCIES, POLICE AND
FIRE, ARE GONNA BE THERE, BUT WE
TELL THEM REALLY, 72 HOURS ON
THEIR OWN. SO I THINK THAT KIND
OF GETS THEM THINKING, YOU KNOW,
MAYBE WE DO NEED TO DO A LITTLE
BIT MORE, BE MORE PREPARED. AND
SO WE’RE SEEING THAT MORE AND
MORE NEIGHBORHOODS NOW ARE
COMING TOGETHER WITH THESE
COUNCILS AND THEY’RE–THEY’RE
GETTING MORE AND MORE PEOPLE
TRAINED IN THE CERT PROGRAM. AND
THEY’RE ACTUALLY PUTTING THINGS
TOGETHER.
VAL: SO TO REITERATE, IF YOU
WANT TO PUT A COMMUNITY PLAN
TOGETHER, A GOOD PLACE TO START
IS YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT.
YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT THE RED
CROSS AT REDCROSS.ORG. AND IF
YOU’D LIKE TO BE CERT TRAINED,
YOU CAN GO TO
CITIZENCORPS.GOV/CERT.
SO, CAPTAIN GERLICH, YOU’VE
BEEN WORKING WITH THIS
NEIGHBORHOOD HERE IN VAN NUYS.
STACY: RIGHT.
VAL: TO GET THEIR EMERGENCY
RESPONSE TOGETHER ON A COMMUNITY
LEVEL.
STACY: CORRECT. AND I’M GOING TO
INTRODUCE YOU TO LINDA PRUETT.
LINDA’S THE VICE PRESIDENT OF
THE WEST VAN NUYS LAKE BALBOA
NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL.
VAL: SO, LINDA, WE’RE IN THIS
PARK BECAUSE THIS IS ONE
POSSIBLE PLACE WHERE
THE COMMUNITY MIGHT STORE A LOT
OF ITS EMERGENCY SUPPLIES.
LINDA: THAT’S CORRECT. LOUISE
PARK IS ONE OF THE SITES WE’RE
LOOKING AT TO SET UP A COMMAND
POST AND FOR BINS WITH STORAGE
OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
SUPPLIES.
VAL: AND WHY WOULD YOU PICK
A PARK?
LINDA: WELL, IT’S EASILY
ACCESSIBLE TO THE ENTIRE
COMMUNITY. AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE
LOOKING FOR.
VAL: SO AFTER YOUR ORGANIZATION,
IT COULD BE A NEIGHBORHOOD
COUNCIL OR A NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH
GROUP, AFTER YOUR ORGANIZATION
DECIDES IT WANTS TO DO THIS, HOW
DO YOU GO ABOUT IT?
LINDA: WHAT WE DID WAS TO FORM
SEVERAL SUB-COMMITTEES FROM OUR
REGULAR OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, EP
OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE. WE HAVE
A STRATEGY COMMITTEE. WE HAVE
SUPPLIES COMMITTEE. WE HAD A
LOCATION AND STORAGE COMMITTEE.
AND WE ALSO HAVE A
COMMUNICATIONS, EDUCATION, AND
TRAINING COMMITTEE AS WELL.
VAL: SO, LINDA, THIS IS ONE OF
THE LOCATIONS THAT YOU’RE
CONSIDERING FOR THE SUPPLY BIN?
LINDA: YES, THIS IS THE POSSIBLE
LOCATION. WE’RE ALSO LOOKING AT
A GOLF COURSE. AND ALSO ON
THE GROUNDS OF A COUPLE OF
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AS WELL,
BECAUSE THEY, TOO, HAVE
EXPRESSED INTEREST IN HAVING
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS SUPPLIES
CLOSE BY.
VAL: SO IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH
ROOM. I MEAN, THIS IS, WHAT,
20×20 AT MOST?
LINDA: THAT’S RIGHT. AND THIS–
THE BINS THEMSELVES ARE ABOUT
20 FEET LONG, 8 1/2 HIGH, 8 FEET
WIDE. SO YOU CAN PUT A LOT OF
SUPPLIES IN A RELATIVELY SMALL
AREA.
VAL: AND IT’LL BE SECURE AND
SAFE AND THERE WHEN YOU NEED IT.
LINDA: ABSOLUTELY.
VAL: GREAT.
IN SHORT, CONSIDER A PARK, GOLF
COURSE, OR SCHOOL CAMPUS AS
A STAGING PLACE FOR YOUR
COMMUNITY AID. EQUIP YOUR
COMMUNITY DISASTER KIT WITH
SEARCH AND RESCUE EQUIPMENT,
COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT, AS WELL
AS FIRST AID SUPPLIES.
AND I IMAGINE THERE’S A LOT OF
PEOPLE WHO LIVE ALONE OR
THE ELDERLY WHO NEED HELP BEYOND
JUST THEMSELVES, WHO CAN’T JUST
HELP THEMSELVES.
LINDA: ABSOLUTELY. FOR EXAMPLE,
PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN APARTMENTS
AND CONDOMINIUMS DON’T
NECESSARILY HAVE THE SPACE TO
STORE ALL THE THINGS THAT’S
GONNA BE NECESSARY. AS YOU
MENTIONED, THE ELDERLY,
THE DISABLED, EVEN INFANTS. WE
HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THOSE PEOPLE
WHO WON’T VERY WELL BE ABLE TO
GET BY 24, 36, 48, 72 HOURS
WITHOUT EXTRA HELP.
VAL: SO REMEMBER, KNOW
THE ELDERLY OR DISABLED IN YOUR
AREA WHO MAY NEED SPECIAL HELP.
AND IT’S ALSO A GOOD IDEA TO
TAKE AN INVENTORY OF YOUR
NEIGHBORS’ SKILLS, EVERYONE FROM
DOCTORS AND NURSES TO CARPENTERS
AND PLUMBERS.
SO IN THE END, WE’RE ALL GONNA
END UP HELPING EACH OTHER. WE
HOPE.
LINDA: THAT’S THE PLAN.
DEFINITELY.
VAL: LINDA PRUETT, THANK YOU SO
MUCH FOR GREAT ADVICE.
LINDA: THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME
TODAY.
JASON: WE’VE BEEN TALKING A LOT
ABOUT EARTHQUAKE KITS IN THIS
PROGRAM, BUT WHAT EXACTLY DOES A
GOOD EARTHQUAKE KIT CONTAIN?
VAL TALKED TO JOYCE HARRIS TO
GET SOME ANSWERS.
JOYCE: THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEM,
OF COURSE, IS EMERGENCY DRINKING
WATER. YOU CAN SURVIVE FOR
SEVERAL DAYS WITHOUT FOOD, BUT
NOT WITHOUT WATER. SO THAT’S ONE
OF YOUR MOST IMPORTANT ITEMS.
VAL: BUT YOU’LL NEED MORE THAN
THIS.
JOYCE: YOU’LL NEED MORE THAN
THAT, BUT THAT LITTLE PACKET OF
WATER HAS A 5-YEAR SHELF LIFE,
AND SO DOES THE CONTAINERS LIKE
THIS. THEY ALSO HAVE THE SAME
THING. BUT YOU CAN BUY BOTTLED
WATER, WHATEVER KIND YOU WANT TO
GET, IT’S PERFECTLY FINE. WE
RECOMMEND THAT YOU HAVE–THE
QUANTITY THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE IS
ONE GALLON PER PERSON PER DAY OF
DRINKING WATER. AND MAKE SURE
YOU KEEP THAT IN YOUR KIT AND AT
HOME, AT WORK, AND IN YOUR CAR.
ANOTHER ITEM OF, OF COURSE, TO
REMEMBER IS FOOD, EMERGENCY
FOOD. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU GET
FOOD THAT’S NON-PERISHABLE.
CANNED FOOD IS GOOD, OR ANY TYPE
OF FOOD THAT IS NON-PERISHABLE.
AND ALSO BE SURE TO INCLUDE SOME
SNACKS THAT YOU NORMALLY EAT AND
YOU LIKE SO THAT YOU CAN FEEL
COMFORTABLE.
VAL: OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS A
KIT SHOULD CONTAIN ARE A
FLASHLIGHT AND EXTRA BATTERIES,
AND A BATTERY OPERATED RADIO.
LIGHT STICKS ARE HANDY. AND YOU
SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE DUCT TAPE,
STRING, A WHISTLE IN CASE
YOU’RE TRAPPED SOMEWHERE, A CAN
OPENER, AND A WRENCH TO TURN OFF
THE GAS VALVE. YOU MIGHT ALSO
CONSIDER PACKING ANY
PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES YOU NEED.
JOYCE: ANOTHER THING TO HAVE IS
AN EMERGENCY BLANKET.
VAL: NOW, PEOPLE WON’T BELIEVE
THIS, BUT THIS IS A BLANKET.
JOYCE: YES, IT IS, AND IT OPENS
TO A FULL-SIZED BLANKET. YOU CAN
USE IT FOR HEAT OR FOR THE COLD.
ANOTHER IMPORTANT THING IS A
FIRST AID KIT WITH A MANUAL.
AFTER A MAJOR DISASTER,
COMMUNICATIONS WILL BE OUT. YOU
WON’T BE ABLE TO CALL 911, OR
ANYBODY ELSE FOR THAT MATTER,
TO COME AND HELP YOU, SO YOU’LL
HAVE TO BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF
THOSE MINOR INJURIES ON YOUR
OWN. SO YOU’LL NEED TO HAVE A
FIRST AID KIT AND MANUAL.
ANOTHER THING WE RECOMMEND IS
FOR EVERYONE TO TAKE FIRST AID
TRAINING NOW. DON’T WAIT UNTIL
SOMETHING’S HAPPENED BECAUSE YOU
MAY BE THE ONE WHO WILL HAVE TO
HELP THOSE AT WORK, AT SCHOOL,
AT THE MALL, WHEREVER YOU ARE.
YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU’RE
GOING TO BE, SO WHEREVER YOU
ARE, YOU MAYBE HAVE TO BE THE
ONE WHO WILL HAVE TO HELP THOSE
PEOPLE BY ADMINISTERING
FIRST AID.
VAL: NOW, THIS IS A GREAT LITTLE
GADGET.
JOYCE: OH, YES IT IS.
VAL: TELL PEOPLE ABOUT THIS.
JOYCE: THIS IS A SAFETY LIGHT.
AND THE WAY IT WORKS IS THAT YOU
PLUG IT INTO YOUR OUTLET. YOU
JUST LEAVE IT THERE ALL THE
TIME. WHEN AN EMERGENCY HAPPENS,
OR THE POWER GOES OUT, THE LIGHT
COMES ON AND STAYS ON FOR A FEW
HOURS, AND THIS CAN BE USED AS A
FLASHLIGHT. YOU HAVE TO HAVE
SOME EMERGENCY CASH AS WELL.
VAL: AS PART OF YOUR KIT.
JOYCE: PART OF YOUR KIT SHOULD
ALSO INCLUDE AN EMERGENCY CASH
BECAUSE BANKS WILL BE DAMAGED,
ATMs WILL BE OUT, SO YOU HAVE TO
HAVE EMERGENCY CASH TO BUY
NECESSARY SUPPLIES OR WHATEVER
YOU MAY NEED.
VAL: SO A COUPLE HUNDRED
DOLLARS, OR WHATEVER YOU CAN
AFFORD, PUT IT IN THERE.
JOYCE: YEAH, IN SMALL BILLS,
AND SOME COINS.
VAL: NOW, AN EARTHQUAKE KIT
SHOULDN’T JUST BE AT HOME. IT
SHOULD BE IN YOUR OFFICE, IN
YOUR CAR, WHEREVER YOU MIGHT GET
STUCK, REALLY.
JOYCE: WE RECOMMEND AT HOME, AT
LEAST A COUPLE PLACES IN THE
HOME, NOT JUST IN ONE LOCATION.
MAYBE INSIDE IN A CLOSET, OR
MAYBE OUTSIDE IN YOUR GARAGE, OR
SOMEWHERE ELSE WITHIN THE HOUSE.
SO, EMERGENCY SUPPLIES AT WORK
OR AT SCHOOL ARE ALSO
RECOMMENDED.
VAL: AND YOU CAN BUY KITS
ALREADY MADE UP.
JOYCE YES, YOU CAN. YOU CAN BUY
KITS ALREADY MADE UP, OR YOU CAN
GO AND DO THIS ON YOUR OWN. AND
THAT’S ONE WAY THAT WE RECOMMEND
IT THROUGH OUR EMERGENCY
SURVIVAL PROGRAM IS TO PURCHASE
A DIFFERENT ITEM EACH MONTH AS
AN EASIER WAY TO GET PREPARED.
VAL: AND JUST A FINAL NOTE. YOU
KNOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE VERY
AFRAID OF EARTHQUAKES, AND
OTHER PEOPLE ARE KIND OF BLASÉ.
AND PUT IT IN PERSPECTIVE.
EARTHQUAKES ARE A WAY OF LIFE
HERE.
JOYCE: YES.
VAL: BUT THEY ARE NOT NEARLY AS
FATAL AS SOME NATURAL DISASTERS.
HURRICANES AND TORNADOES AND
OTHER THINGS ACTUALLY CAN KILL
MORE PEOPLE, RIGHT? SO, IF WE’RE
PREPARED, CHANCES ARE WE’RE
GONNA BE OK BECAUSE THE FATALITY
RATES AREN’T ALWAYS THAT HIGH.
JOYCE: YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT. AND
WE KNOW THAT EARTHQUAKES
HAPPEN, AND WE KNOW THAT THEY
HAPPEN WITHOUT WARNING. WE KNOW
THAT HERE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
THERE’S OVER 300 FAULTS THAT RUN
THROUGHOUT THE AREA. AND WE KNOW
THAT EARTHQUAKES HAPPEN EVERY
DAY. USUALLY THEY’RE VERY
SMALL. WE DON’T EVEN FEEL THEM.
BUT IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE CAN
LIVE WITH.
VAL: IF YOU NEED ONE LAST REASON
TO GET READY FOR A QUAKE,
THINK OF THIS.
IF YOU’RE PREPARED FOR AN
EARTHQUAKE, YOU’RE PREPARED FOR
VIRTUALLY ANY NATURAL DISASTER
THAT MAY COME OUR WAY.
JASON: AND THERE’S NO BETTER WAY
TO REDUCE THE FEAR OF A QUAKE OR
DISASTER THAN TO MAKE SURE YOU,
YOUR FAMILY, AND YOUR NEIGHBORS
ARE PREPARED.
VAL: SO, WE HOPE YOU FOUND THIS
PROGRAM HELPFUL. I’M VAL ZAVALA
FROM KCET, PUBLIC TELEVISION IN
LOS ANGELES.
JASON: AND I’M JASON SHOULTZ
FROM KVIE PUBLIC TELEVISION
IN SACRAMENTO. THANKS FOR
JOINING US FOR “BRACING FOR A
QUAKE: A SURVIVAL GUIDE.”
[MUSIC]
JEFF: I’M JEFF PRIMES WITH QUAKE
HOLD, AND WE’RE IN THE BIG
SHAKER, THE WORLD’S LARGEST
MOBILE EARTHQUAKE SIMULATOR.
THIS IS BUILT OUT TO LOOK LIKE
THE INSIDE OF YOUR LIVING ROOM.
AND JUST LIKE IN YOUR
LIVING ROOM, WE HAVE
HOME ELECTRONICS, WHICH
ARE FASTENED WITH QUAKE HOLD
FASTENINGS STRAPS YOU CAN SEE
DEMONSTRATED HERE. THESE ARE
READILY AVAILABLE IN YOUR LOCAL
HARDWARE, HOME IMPROVEMENT
STORES. FOR ALL YOUR
COLLECTIBLES, GLASSES THAT WILL
FALL OFF THE SHELF AND BECOME
PROJECTILES IN AN EARTHQUAKE,
THESE CAN BE FASTENED WITH QUAKE
HOLD MUSEUM PUTTY OR MUSEUM WAX
OR GEL THAT WILL FIRMLY ATTACH
YOUR TREASURED VALUABLES TO THE
SHELF SO THAT THEY DON’T BECOME
PROJECTILES AND DAMAGE YOU OR
THE CONTENTS IN AN EARTHQUAKE.
FOR YOUR ARTWORK AND PICTURE
FRAMES, THESE ARE ATTACHED TO
THE WALL WITH THE AMAZING
PICTURE HOOK, WHICH CAPTURES THE
WIRE ON THE HOOK, AS YOU CAN
SEE, SO IT WON’T JUMP OFF THE
WALL AND CREATE BOTH DAMAGE AND
BROKEN GLASS, WHICH WOULD IMPAIR
YOUR EXIT IN AN EARTHQUAKE. VERY
IMPORTANT FOR YOUR FURNITURE
THAT YOU FASTEN THAT TO THE
WALL, ESPECIALLY TALL–ANYTHING
THAT’S OVER ABOUT 3 FOOT TALL.
THESE ARE FASTENED WITH QUAKE
HOLD FURNITURE STRAPS, WHICH
JUST ARE PEEL-AND-STICK TO THE
FURNITURE, AND THEN SCREW INTO
THE STUD OF THE WALL. FOR YOUR
ELECTRONICS, WE HAVE FLAT-
SCREEN FASTENINGS STRAPS. MOST
OF THE TELEVISIONS TODAY ARE
VERY TALL AND TOP-HEAVY AND WILL
TOPPLE OVER EASILY. SO TO
PROTECT YOURSELF IN AN
EARTHQUAKE, OR FOR CHILDREN
CRAWLING ON TELEVISIONS, TO
FASTEN THEM, VERY IMPORTANT THAT
THAT BE SECURED WITH
INEXPENSIVE STRAPS. SO, LET’S
GIVE THE BIG SHAKER A LITTLE
TOUR HERE, PUT THE PRODUCTS
TO THE TEST.
[RUMBLING]
VAL: HELLO AGAIN. I’M VAL ZAVALA
WITH GLENN POMEROY OF THE
CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE AUTHORITY.
YOU KNOW, WATCHING THIS LAST
SEGMENT AND SEEING HOW L.A.
UNIFIED, FOR EXAMPLE, MAKES SURE
THAT EVERY SCHOOL IS PREPARED,
RIGHT DOWN TO HAVING PRINTED
RECORDS FOR EVERY STUDENT IN
CASE THE COMPUTERS GO DOWN, AND
ALL THE SUPPLIES–WATER, FOOD,
THOSE MAKESHIFT BATHROOMS–IT
MAKES YOU REALIZE NONE OF THIS
IS EASY, BUT IT’S ALL ESSENTIAL.
I REALLY HOPE THAT THIS PROGRAM
MOTIVATES YOU TO TAKE ACTION IN
YOUR HOME, AT WORK, IN YOUR
NEIGHBORHOOD. AND I HOPE IT
INSPIRES YOU TO SUPPORT THE
WORK THAT WE DO RIGHT HERE BY
GIVING US A CALL. NOW, GLENN,
EVERY DISASTER, WHETHER IT’S AN
EARTHQUAKE, A FLOOD, A TORNADO,
OR WHATEVER, INEVITABLY WE HEAR
THE HORROR STORIES ABOUT HOW
LONG IT TOOK FOR PEOPLE TO GET
ASSISTANCE, OFTEN GOVERNMENT
ASSISTANCE. WHAT IS THE CEA
DOING ABOUT THAT, AND HOW CAN
HOMEOWNERS SPEED UP THE PROCESS?
GLENN: WELL, IT’S A GREAT
QUESTION. AND IT ADDRESSES
ANOTHER COMMON MYTH THAT, OH, IF
THE DISASTER’S TOO BIG, I DON’T
HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT BECAUSE
THE GOVERNMENT WILL COME IN AND
MAKE EVERYTHING FINE AGAIN. BUT
WE SEE TIME AND TIME AGAIN THAT
THAT’S NOT THE CASE. THERE IS
GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE THAT IS
AVAILABLE AFTER A MAJOR
DISASTER, BUT IT’S LIMITED. THE
MAXIMUM AMOUNT YOU GET FROM FEMA
IN A DISASTER GRANT IS $32,000,
AND THE AVERAGE IS MORE LIKE
3,000 OR 4000. SO THAT’S
NOT GOING TO REPAIR
SOMEBODY’S CONDITION AND
GET THEM BACK UP AND RUNNING.
AND IT TAKES A WHILE TO GET. A
PRESIDENTIAL DECLARATION HAS TO
BE DECLARED, AND PAPERWORK HAS
TO BE SUBMITTED. SO ONE GREAT
ADVANTAGE OF HAVING AN
EARTHQUAKE INSURANCE POLICY FROM
THE NON-PROFIT CALIFORNIA
EARTHQUAKE AUTHORITY, ‘CAUSE YOU
CAN GET, WITH NO DEDUCTIBLE
WHATSOEVER, MONEY TO REPAIR,
MAKE EMERGENCY REPAIRS, MONEY
TO LIVE ELSEWHERE IF YOU CAN’T
LIVE IN YOUR HOME. IT’S CALLED
ADDITIONAL LIVING EXPENSE
COVERAGE, AND THAT’S A BENEFIT
THAT COMES WITH NO DEDUCTIBLE
WHATSOEVER. SO, FIRST DOLLAR
RIGHT AWAY ASSISTANCE TO GET
PEOPLE BACK UP ON THEIR FEET.
THAT’S WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO
HAVE YOUR OWN FINANCIAL
PROTECTION PLAN IN PLACE AND NOT
RELY ON A GOVERNMENT BAILOUT.
VAL: THAT’S REALLY, REALLY GOOD
ADVICE. IF YOU’VE GOT THE
POLICY, THE BUREAUCRACY CAN
START MOVING MUCH MORE QUICKLY.
GLENN: ABSOLUTELY.
VAL: MUCH MORE QUICKLY. AND WE
SHOULD MENTION, AS YOU MENTIONED
BEFORE, THAT IT’S BEEN
RESTRUCTURED. THERE’S A LOT MORE
CHOICE, CUSTOMIZABLE OPTIONS.
AND THOSE PREMIUMS HAVE BEEN
COMING WAY DOWN.
GLENN: YEAH, IT’S A DIFFERENT
DAY NOW AT THE CALIFORNIA
EARTHQUAKE AUTHORITY. I DON’T
BLAME PEOPLE IF THEY HAVE A
CONCEPTION, BASED ON LOOKING AT
IT YEARS AGO, THAT EARTHQUAKE
INSURANCE COSTS TOO MUCH.
IT USED TO BE VERY EXPENSIVE.
VAL: AT THAT TIME IT DID.
GLENN: NOW WE’VE LOWERED OUR
RATE SUBSTANTIALLY. WE OFFER SO
MANY MORE OPTIONS FOR PEOPLE TO
CHOOSE FROM. NOW, THEY CAN
CHOOSE THE KIND OF COVERAGE THAT
MEETS THEIR NEEDS AND BUDGET.
AND SO IT’S REALLY IS
IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE IN
EARTHQUAKE COUNTRY TO GIVE IT A
CAREFUL LOOK. JUMP ON OUR
WEBSITE, GO TO
EARTHQUAKEAUTHORITY.COM,
CHECK OUT THAT PREMIUM
CALCULATOR, AND FIND THE
POLICY THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU.
VAL: GREAT ADVICE. SO,
TIME TO RELOOK AT
EARTHQUAKE INSURANCE. YOU KNOW,
EVERY ONE OF US CAN DO OUR PART
TO BE PREPARED AND TO KEEP
OURSELVES SAFE, AND EVERY ONE OF
US CAN HELP KEEP THIS WONDERFUL
PUBLIC TELEVISION STATION ON THE
AIR. REMEMBER, WE DON’T ANSWER
TO ANYONE BUT YOU. THAT’S OUR
AGENDA–TO BRING YOU PROGRAMS
THAT YOU WANT TO SEE. SO TAKE A
MOMENT AND LET US KNOW THAT YOU
APPRECIATE THAT. AND WHEN YOU
DO, WE’LL RETURN THE FAVOR.
TAKE A LOOK.
ANNOUNCER: BE PREPARED. THAT’S
YOUR FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE IN
CASE OF AN EARTHQUAKE. WHEN YOU
MAKE A DONATION OF $60, OR A
MONTHLY CONTRIBUTION OF $5,
WE’LL THANK YOU WITH A
DVD COPY OF THE SHOW YOU’RE
WATCHING, “BRACING FOR
A QUAKE.” THIS EDUCATIONAL
DVD HAS STEP-BY-STEP
INSTRUCTIONS ON WHAT YOU AND
YOUR FAMILY CAN DO TO PREPARE.
PLUS IT INCLUDES A BONUS
QUESTION-AND-ANSWER SESSION WITH
THE CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE
AUTHORITY. MAKE A ONE-TIME
DONATION OF $96, OR JUST $8
A MONTH, AND WE’LL SEND
YOU THE “BRACING FOR A QUAKE”
EARTHQUAKE KIT, WHICH INCLUDES A
FIRST AID QUICK GUIDE, WHISTLE,
EMERGENCY BLANKET, RESPIRATOR,
AND MUCH MORE. THIS KIT IS
FILLED WITH VITAL EMERGENCY AND
PERSONAL ITEMS APPROVED BY THE
U.S. COAST GUARD TO BETTER AID
YOU IN A DISASTER. INCREASE YOUR
DONATION TO $120, OR JUST $10 A
MONTH, AND YOU’LL GET BOTH THE
EARTHQUAKE KIT AND THE DVD. YOUR
GENEROUS SUPPORT ENABLES PUBLIC
TELEVISION TO CONTINUE BRINGING
YOU INFORMATIVE AND EDUCATIONAL
PROGRAMS LIKE “BRACING FOR A
QUAKE: A SURVIVAL GUIDE.”
THANK YOU.
VAL: JUST A MOMENT OF YOUR TIME
AND A SMALL COMMITMENT TO HELP
KEEP QUALITY PROGRAMS GOING
STRONG. SO PICK UP THE PHONE OR
GO ONLINE AND HELP US CONTINUE
THIS MISSION. YOU KNOW, GLENN,
THE NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZER THAT
WE HEARD FROM, SHE TALKED ABOUT
THE ELDERLY, PEOPLE LIVING
ALONE, AND THAT BRINGS UP
ANOTHER QUESTION. PUTTING THESE
KITS TOGETHER AND GETTING READY
IS NOT AN INEXPENSIVE
PROPOSITION. IT CAN COST SOME
MONEY. IS THERE HELP OUT THERE
TO HELP PEOPLE GET READY FOR
EARTHQUAKES?
GLENN: THERE REALLY IS. YOU
KNOW, IF SOMEONE’S INTERESTED IN
SECURING THEIR PLACE, THEY CAN
EITHER HEAD TO THE HARDWARE
STORE AND WALK AROUND AND PICK
UP SOME PUTTY TO PUT BEHIND
THEIR PICTURE FRAMES AND
THAT SORT OF THING.
THEY CAN CALL THE
AMERICAN RED CROSS, WHICH
OFTENTIMES IS OUT THERE WITH
MATERIALS TO HELP PEOPLE TAKE
BASIC STEPS TO MAKE THEIR PLACE
MORE SECURE. I THINK PEOPLE
WOULD BE SURPRISED TO FIND THAT
WITH SOME PRETTY SIMPLE STEPS,
FAIRLY LOW COST, CAN REALLY
DRAMATICALLY LOWER THE RISK OF
GETTING HURT BADLY IN
EARTHQUAKE. IT’S AN INVESTMENT
THAT’S WORTH IT IF THE PERSON
CAN AFFORD IT, AND IF NOT, THE
RED CROSS OR OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
HERE LOCALLY CAN TRY TO HELP.
VAL: CAN PROVIDE SOME HELP?
GLENN: YEAH.
VAL: THAT WOULD BE GREAT. YOU
KNOW, IT TAKES A LOT OF MONEY TO
KEEP A TV STATION GOING AS WELL,
BUT WHAT IT REALLY TAKES IS
PEOPLE–PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU.
AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO CARRY THE
LOAD ALL BY YOURSELF. IF EACH
PERSON WATCHING US RIGHT NOW
JOINED THIS PUBLIC TV STATION AT
ANY LEVEL, WHAT AN INCREDIBLE
DIFFERENCE THAT WOULD MAKE. SO
NOW IT’S UP TO YOU. WE NEED YOUR
SUPPORT TO KEEP ON BRINGING YOU
THE VERY BEST DOCUMENTARIES,
NEWS, HEALTH, PUBLIC AFFAIRS,
CULTURE, TRAVEL, FOOD, AND SO
MANY OTHER QUALITY PROGRAMS.
LET’S DO IT TOGETHER. GIVE US A
CALL OR GO ONLINE, AND TAKE
ACTION. SUPPORT PUBLIC MEDIA,
AND HERE’S HOW WE’LL SAY
THANK YOU.
ANNOUNCER: BE PREPARED. THAT’S
YOUR FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE IN
CASE OF AN EARTHQUAKE. WHEN YOU
MAKE A DONATION OF $60, OR A
MONTHLY CONTRIBUTION OF $5,
WE’LL THANK YOU WITH A
DVD COPY OF THE SHOW YOU’RE
WATCHING, “BRACING FOR
A QUAKE.” THIS EDUCATIONAL
DVD HAS STEP-BY-STEP
INSTRUCTIONS ON WHAT YOU AND
YOUR FAMILY CAN DO TO PREPARE.
PLUS IT INCLUDES A BONUS
QUESTION-AND-ANSWER SESSION WITH
THE CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE
AUTHORITY. MAKE A ONE-TIME
DONATION OF $96, OR JUST $8
A MONTH, AND WE’LL SEND
YOU THE “BRACING FOR A QUAKE”
EARTHQUAKE KIT, WHICH INCLUDES A
FIRST AID QUICK GUIDE, WHISTLE,
EMERGENCY BLANKET, RESPIRATOR,
AND MUCH MORE. THIS KIT IS
FILLED WITH VITAL EMERGENCY AND
PERSONAL ITEMS APPROVED BY THE
U.S. COAST GUARD TO BETTER AID
YOU IN A DISASTER. INCREASE YOUR
DONATION TO $120, OR JUST $10 A
MONTH, AND YOU’LL GET BOTH THE
EARTHQUAKE KIT AND THE DVD. YOUR
GENEROUS SUPPORT ENABLES PUBLIC
TELEVISION TO CONTINUE BRINGING
YOU INFORMATIVE AND EDUCATIONAL
PROGRAMS LIKE “BRACING FOR A
QUAKE: A SURVIVAL GUIDE.”
THANK YOU.
VAL: AND AS WE SAID RIGHT AT THE
BEGINNING OF OUR TIME TOGETHER,
THIS IS CALIFORNIA. EARTHQUAKES
ARE A FACT OF LIFE. AND SOONER
OR LATER, WE’RE ALL GOING TO
HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE EFFECTS OF
THE NEXT ONE. PROGRAMS LIKE
“BRACING FOR A QUAKE” PROVIDE
SOME OF THE INFORMATION
WE NEED TO MAKE
INTELLIGENT DECISIONS, AND
THAT’S WHY SUPPORTING PUBLIC
MEDIA IS SO IMPORTANT. IN OUR
FINAL MOMENTS TOGETHER, I HOPE
YOU’LL STEP UP AND LET US KNOW
YOU BELIEVE IN WHAT WE’RE DOING.
AND NOW, GLENN, I’M GOING TO PUT
YOU ON THE SPOT AND ASK YOU ONE
MORE QUESTION. WHAT DOES YOUR
PERSONAL EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS
KIT LOOK LIKE?
GLENN: WELL, I’LL TELL YOU.
IT’S ONE OF THOSE PLASTIC TUBS
WITH A SECURE LID. GOT SOME
STUFF IN THERE, SOME
NON-PERISHABLE FOOD LIKE MAC AND
CHEESE OR NOODLES. WATER–A
COUPLE GALLONS OF WATER NEARBY.
VAL: ESSENTIAL.
GLENN: FLASHLIGHT WITH BATTERS,
CANDLES. THING TO DO IS TO SIT
DOWN AND THINK ABOUT WHAT IF I
NEEDED TO LIVE IN MY HOME FOR
TWO OR THREE DAYS WITH NO
UTILITIES? MAKE YOURSELF A
LITTLE LIST, PICK THEM UP, PUT
THEM IN THE BIN, AND KNOW WHERE
IT’S STORED IN THE GARAGE, AND
YOU’RE READY.
VAL: YOU’RE READY. THAT’S A GOOD
WAY TO THINK ABOUT IT. WHAT
WOULD I NEED IF I DIDN’T HAVE
ANY HELP, I HAD TO BE ON MY OWN,
OR I’M CAMPING FOR A FEW DAYS?
GLENN: THAT’S RIGHT.
VAL: THANK YOU SO MUCH. THIS HAS
BEEN GREAT HAVING YOU WITH US.
GLENN: THANKS FOR THIS IMPORTANT
PROGRAM. GREAT BEING HERE.
VAL: AND WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO
LEAVE IT AT THAT, BUT I’D LIKE
TO THINK, AS I SAID, GLENN
POMEROY WITH THE CALIFORNIA
EARTHQUAKE AUTHORITY FOR MAKING
TODAY’S PRODUCTION POSSIBLE AND
FOR BEING WITH ME HERE IN
STUDIO. YOU KNOW, IT’S GREAT
INFORMATION, VERY HELPFUL. ALSO,
A BIG THANK YOU TO BUD DARLING
AT SAFE N’ READY, A STORE IN
PASADENA, FOR HE SUPPLIED ALL
THESE GREAT EARTHQUAKE KIT ITEMS
THAT YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT
HAVING YOURSELF IN CASE DISASTER
HITS. AND THANK YOU, OF COURSE,
OUR VIEWERS, FOR BEING WITH US,
FOR ALL THE SUPPORT YOU’VE GIVEN
US FOR SO MANY YEARS, AND FOR
TAKING THE TIME TODAY TO HELP US
GO FORWARD. WE TRULY APPRECIATE
IT. I’M VAL ZAVALA. WE’LL SEE
YOU NEXT TIME.
[MUSIC]

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