Eel River Valley Agencies Will Be Practicing Earthquake Response on Saturday
To prepare for the ever present possibility of a natural disaster; fire, police, and public works departments in the Eel River Valley will be practicing their earthquake response skills on Saturday, November 5th between 9 and 11 AM. By responding to over one hundred simulated emergencies first responders will have the opportunity to hone their skills not only by dealing with individual emergencies, but also at controlling and tracking emergency resources. Humboldt County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) teams will be assisting throughout the valley as will HAM radio operators.
According to Public Safety Officials, the need to prepare for the next natural disaster by developing and implementing a preparedness plan cannot be over emphasized. Make sure your home and workplace are earthquake safe by securing refrigerators, wood stoves, mirrors, pictures, electronics, water heaters and book cases so they can’t fall or move. It is always a good idea to have a designated contact outside the immediate area and carry contact information with you at all times. A supply of water, food and necessary medications are recommended to be kept on hand that will last at least seven days and have a disaster kit at your workplace and in your car.
If you are in a tsunami zone go to high ground right after the earth stops shaking.
Have a plan and remember to Drop, Cover and Hold On during an earthquake.
For more information please refer to Humboldt State University’s “Living on Shaky Ground” at