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Personal Preparedness

Quick Tips from Our Emergency Team
Steps to Becoming Personally Prepared
What to Do in an Emergency

AED unit at the Ohlson Pool.

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Quick Tips from Our EmergencyTeam

One Page Flyers Description
Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) The locations of the 13 AED units on The Sea Ranch with links to websites with more information and brief instructions for operating the units.
Disaster Kits You should be prepared for at least two weeks with adequate water, food and medicines. A Family Disaster Supplies Calendar with a 24 week checklist is available in the Emergency Manager's office. You need one gallon of drinking water per day per person. See also the "Tips for Water Emergencies."
How You Can Help Us Help You What to do before a wildfire occurs on the Sea Ranch and what to do during such an emergency.
Fire Season Our rural environment with natural vegetation is vulnerable to wildfires. In order to protect our lives, homes and environment: No Smoking, No Fireworks, No Open Flames. Smoking is prohibited year 'round on all trails, common areas and restricted common areas of The Sea Ranch. Dry forest and grasslands are an extreme wildfire hazard. Always know your potential evacuation route, and how to get to Highway One, preferably two different ways. More info at these websites:
Sea Ranch Fire Safe Council http://www.firesafecouncil.org/
Fire Safe Sonoma http://www.firesafesonoma.org/
CalFire http://www.fire.ca.gov/index.php
The Sea Ranch Volunteer Fire Department
Fire Evacuation Brochure Advice from: CALFIRE and North Sonoma Coast Fire Protection District. The information in this brochure could save your life. Please read and share it with your family and friends.
Mountain Lions Our natural, rural environment is home to many wild creatures. Among the deer, rabbits and foxes, we also have the occasional mountain lion. Here are tips for staying safe in mountain lion country.
Pets Pets will be welcome in our shelters. Please make sure you have food, water, leash and a crate for your pets.

Wildland Fire Safety for Your Livestock and Pets

Water System Emergencies We recommend that you store 14 gallons of water per person in your household. Here are useful tips and resources.
Winter Storms and Power Outages Every year we have several winter storms, some of which are severe and can cause extended power outages. Your best bet to weather the storm is to be prepared with flashlights and a battery operated lantern, oil lamps, extra blankets, dry wood, ready-to-eat foods, a manual can opener, and a telephone that doesn't rely on electricity. Minimize travel to avoid trees and mudslides which could block the roadways. During an extended power outage (expected to be longer than 24 hours), the Del Mar Center and the Ohlson Ranch House will be open as shelters. They each have an emergency generator that provides power, lights, heat and kitchen facilities.

Steps to Becoming Personally Prepared

The key to successfully enduring a disaster is personal preparedness. There are many things that you can do to help get through a disaster. Don't be overwhelmed by the need to be ready for problems--take just one step at a time. A good place to start is with at least two weeks of drinking water, food and medicines. Make sure that your car has at least a half tank of gas, especially when winter storms are coming. The checklist below will help you organize your efforts:

Getting Ready
1 Prepare an Action Plan
What would you do if an earthquake, tsunami or wildfire occurred?
2 Identify Out-of-Area Contacts
Ask an out-of-area friend or relative to be your contact person. In a disaster, it is often easier to place a long distance call than a local call.
3 Store Water
Keep one gallon of drinking water per person per day for two weeks. We recommend that you store 14 gallons per person.

Purchase and fill water storage jugs (several medium-size jugs may be easier to handle). Fill the jugs and add 2 drops of chlorine per gallon. Store outside your house out of sight. Also purchase several gallons of bottled water for occasions when you are notified not to use Water Company water on a short-term basis. Date the bottles so you can refill or replace them every six months. Print the excellent booklet, "Food and Water in an Emergency," from the FEMA website.
4 Prepare a Disaster Kit
Have two weeks of non-perishable food on hand. Keep first aid supplies, medicines, warm clothing and bedding available. Checklists are available to help you gather these supplies.
5 Store Important Documents
Keep copies of property, insurance, health, and financial papers. Document your house and valuables and store the lists offsite.
6 Prepare Extended Event Supplies
Keep extra batteries, lanterns, lightsticks and portable radio on hand. Gather cooking supplies such as camp stoves and disposable plates, cups and utensils. Gather tent, sleeping bags and rain gear. Plan for sanitation (see also Water System Emergencies) and plan for your pets.
7 Keep These Items Under the Bed
Sturdy shoes, work gloves, hard hat, flashlight, lightsticks, OK/Help sign, band-aids.
8 Learn How to Make Utilities Safe
Be prepared to shut-off propane, electricity, or water if necessary.
9 Drop, Cover, Hold
Practice being safe--choose a safe place in each room. In an earthquake, get under something sturdy and hold on. If the table moves, move with it.
10 Plan for Fire Safety
Choose a reunion place outside your home or neighborhood. Know two exit routes out of each room and out of your neighborhood to Highway One. Hold a fire drill. Place fire extinguishers with ready access.
11 Get Ready to Shelter in Place
Create a "safe room" in your home that you can seal with plastic sheeting and duct tape.
12 Hunt for Home Hazards
Identify potential hazards: water heater, tall pieces of furniture, breakable items on high shelves, computers/stereos/televisions, hanging plants, mirrors and heavy pictures, cabinet doors that should be secured, home fastened to foundation, poisons/toxics/solvents in breakable containers in high locations.

Prepare In A Year (Information Sheet)

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