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What Can 20 Seconds Teach Us?

by on September 18, 2012

Twenty seconds was all it took to change the lives of many Japanese in 1995. The Great Honshin Earthquake shook the earth for almost half a minute and the magnitude 7.3 earthquake tumbled buildings and killed thousands.

“We just can’t wait for the unexpected to happen, we need to be ready now,” California Emergency Management Secretary Mark Ghilarducci said. “We can’t afford to wait. Get prepared today, not tomorrow or the next day. Emergency preparedness and disaster readiness is not just a government responsibility or solution. It is all of our responsibilities.”

Ghilarducci, who was near Kobe, Japan, during The Great Honshin Earthquake, noted that emergency preparedness is something often over looked in the day-to-day preparations that families go through. In recent studies, only 40% of Californians have any type of emergency plan or an emergency kit.

“…Californians could find themselves without sufficient food, water and medical attention following a catastrophic earthquake or other emergency because they did not prepare an emergency plan, store the supplies they needed to weather a predictable event or learn the appropriate actions to take in the event of an emergency,”  Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. said in a commemorative letter for California’s Disaster Preparedness Day.

The state of California is well known to be prone to more than just the occasional earthquake, but also wildfires, floods, debris slides, severe rainstorms and many other natural and human-made threats. This year alone parts of the Golden State have suffered severe flooding, hundreds of thousands of burned acres in wildfires and other emergencies.

“We all know what a split second can do. It is important to have live sustaining items with you” said Kevin lLoscotoff, Director of public affairs Wal-Mart.

Dozens of emergency response and disaster recovery agencies came to the California State Capitol steps today to urge the public to stop waiting to get prepared for the next disaster event.

American Red Cross’ Capitol Region Chapter urged Californians to download a number of emergency preparedness-related smartphone applications. These applications can put critical resources at the touch of a finger in your phone. For more information on those applications, visit http://www.redcross.org.

For more information on how you can be prepared for any disaster visit us at www.calema.ca.gov.

Participants included Cal EMA, FEMA, California Earthquake Authority (CEA), the California Animal Response Emergency System (CARES), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), Cal FIRE, the California Geological Survey, the California Grocers Association, the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), Caltrans, the Capitol Region Chapter of the American Red Cross, Cal Volunteers, Citizen Voice/Safely Out, Clear Channel, Grainger, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Noah’s Wish, Pacific Gas & Electric, the Sac Metropolitan Fire District, the Sacramento Office of Emergency Services, the Sacramento Police Department, Shelf Reliance, Teen CERT, Totally Unprepared/University of California San Diego, West Sacramento City CERT and the Salvation Army.

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