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We have a suggestion for a New Year’s Resolution for all San
Benito County residents in the wake of the 6.5-magnitude earthquake
that hit Central California, killing two women in Paso Robles: Make
sure your family is earthquake ready.
San Benito County was lucky this time
– the earthquake didn’t damage our homes, businesses, downtowns,
it didn’t injure or kill any of our neighbors, friends, coworkers
or relatives.
We have a suggestion for a New Year’s Resolution for all San Benito County residents in the wake of the 6.5-magnitude earthquake that hit Central California, killing two women in Paso Robles: Make sure your family is earthquake ready.

San Benito County was lucky this time – the earthquake didn’t damage our homes, businesses, downtowns, it didn’t injure or kill any of our neighbors, friends, coworkers or relatives.

But we don’t know when the next temblor will devastate Hollister, San Juan Bautista or Aromas, so let’s all work now to make sure we’re as prepared as possible.

Here’s a chance to review safety and preparedness tips from the experts and make sure your plans and knowledge meet their recommendations.

Before an earthquake:

– Have enough food and water for three days. If you’ve already got a supply of food and water set aside, check it for freshness. Plan to have one gallon of water per person per day. Be sure to include a non-electric can opener.

– Have a first-aid kit stocked and ready, and also have a two-week supply of essential medications on hand for those who need them. If you wear contact lenses, include contact lens solution.

– Keep a flashlight, battery-operated radio and extra batteries handy.

– Fasten large appliances, bookcases, pictures and other heavy objects to the wall.

– Secure loose items including computers, televisions and other furnishings that may fall off tables during an earthquake.

– Strap your hot water heater to a wall using metal straps or braces. California law requires that hot water heaters be secured to a wall.

– Make sure there is a working fire extinguisher in the home and that everyone knows how to use it.

– Keep written instructions on how to turn off gas, electricity and water. Practice turning off the electricity and water, but do not practice turning off the gas.

– Keep a supply of cash and change in case ATM machines and credit cards are temporarily unusable.

– Other suggested items for earthquake kits are nearly endless and include hygiene products, sleeping bags and tents, extra eyeglasses and house keys, trash bags, tarps, rain ponchos, camp stoves, tools, duct tape and more.

During an earthquake:

– Duck down low to the ground.

– Take cover under a large piece of furniture such as a sturdy desk, or if unavailable, against an interior wall. Avoid windows, hanging objects, mirrors or tall furniture. Protect your neck and head with your arms.

– Hold your position until the earthquake ends and it is safe to move from your spot. If you’ve taken cover under a piece of furniture, hold onto it and move with it.

For more information on emergency preparedness, visit The American Red Cross at www.redcross.org, the California Office of Emergency Services at www.oes.ca.gov, the Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.fema.gov, and PG&E www.pge.com/safety.

Let’s let there be at least one silver lining in the tragic, fatal quake that struck Paso Robles: Let’s become better prepared for when a quake strikes San Benito County.

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