Earthquake Preparedness – “The Great Southern California ShakeOut”
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It will take 48 seconds for mass destruction to reach the San Bernardino area from the Salton Sea. Then thousands will die, buildings will crumble and roads will be uprooted.
About 70 city, school and church leaders were given a crash course recently on how severely a magnitude 7.8 earthquake on the San Andreas Fault would shatter life as the Inland Empire knows it. It's all in the name of preparedness.
A countdown has begun for the Great Southern California ShakeOut on Nov. 13. Leaders hail the exercise as the biggest earthquake drill ever planned in the state.
Organizers sent local leaders recently a half-joking plea to share the message with 25,000 people each. The goal is to involve five million people.
Efforts over the next month could help save lives. This will be the greatest challenge our state has ever faced, and we can make sure this earthquake is a disaster, not a catastrophe.
A major earthquake is long overdue on the southern section of the 800-mile long San Andreas Fault. The southern section stretches from Palmdale to the Salton Sea.
The last large rumble on the southern part of the fault was in 1690.
Scientists, for two years, have studied the anticipated impact of a 7.8 quake originating near the Salton Sea and spreading 200 miles up the fault to Lake Hughes, just west of Lancaster.
The magnitude 5.4 quake that hit July 29 in Chino Hills is nothing compared to what is likely in store for Southern California, experts say. One of the dangers of having small earthquakes like the Chino Hills Earthquake is that we think that we are able to handle whatever comes.
A 7.8 quake will shake the area 500 times harder than the Chino Hills quake and affect 14 million people, two million who live in San Bernardino County.
A major goal of the ShakeOut is to figure out the consequences of a major earthquake, help people prepare for the worst and make any possible changes beforehand.
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The biggest challenge is not getting people to listen so much but to act appropriately when the situation occurs.
WHEN IT HITS...
Severe shaking in San Bernardino County is expected to last more than two minutes.
Damages are projected at $213 billion.
About 270,000 residents are expected to be displaced.
50,000 people will sustain injuries.
More than 1,800 people will be killed.
Nearly 111,000 commuters from San Bernardino County will be trapped when the 15 Freeway in the Cajon Pass splits.
At least 50 buildings will collapse, trapping up to 10,000 people. Officials say 95 percent of rescues will be made by other victims.
Five high-rise buildings are anticipated to collapse: one in San Bernardino, three in downtown Los Angeles and one in Orange County.
About 200 unretrofitted masonry buildings in San Bernardino City are projected to crumble.
It will take six months to restore water pipes and get water back into homes.
Looking for an environmentally friendly dry cleaner, a carpool partner or a water efficient landscape? San Bernardino County can help.
The county's newly launched Web site, www.GreenCountySB.com, is aimed at connecting consumers with ways to save water and electricity and cut global warming.
A lot of cities are doing things like this all over the country.
The site offers tips for reducing junk mail, disposing of household hazardous waste and building energy-efficient structures. It also includes details of what other agencies and businesses are doing to reduce their impact on the environment.
The colorful, comprehensive Web site is part of the Board of Supervisor’s Green County initiative passed last summer to promote conservation and environmentalism. Under the initiative, the county committed to making its future buildings with lower greenhouse emissions and using renewable resources.
Also, the county waives fees for residents and businesses that install renewable energy systems, energy-efficient air conditioners or tankless water heaters. It also offers priority plan checks for builders who follow green building standards, allowing them to get homes on the market months earlier.
Ontario-Montclair Senior Barbeque
We continued our tradition of holding senior barbeques with the latest held on Saturday, September 6th at the Montclair Community Center. Over 100 seniors enjoyed chicken dinners and a day of bingo. Most attendees walked away with either door or bingo prizes.
My wife Sue and I were there to greet guests as they arrived. My staff, volunteers, event sponsors, and the mayors and city council members from Ontario and Montclair served the attendees. Everything was free of charge. Dozens of businesses and individuals donated prizes for the event. A good time was had by all.
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