Late last month, State Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) introduced legislation to fund a statewide earthquake early-warning system using technology that already exists. During a press conference at Caltech in Pasadena on January 28th, it was discussed that the prototype called the California Integrated Seismic Network needs more money in order for it to go public, and the estimated cost is $80 million. [Read more…]
Most of us California residents know exactly what to do in the event of an earthquake, especially if we grew up here. Do you remember the earthquake drills in elementary schools, teaching you to get under your desk and cover the back of your neck with your hands? Second only in popularity to the fire drill of “Stop, Drop and Roll”…
But there are people moving to Southern California every day from across the nation, and across the world. And these people may have never experienced the “fun” of an earthquake before, and there are some things that people might do that can cause injury, large-scale property damage and even death. So we thought it is important to outline the definite “DON’Ts” for our quake newbies—especially since we’ve had two in the last 16 hours! [Read more…]
Believe it or not, there are only a few places in the United States that are considered “flood-free”. And even if your home isn’t sitting on top of a flood plain, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be a natural disaster to surprise you. What with the weather we’ve had this year, anything can happen this winter! You can check your area with the FreeFlood.com website.
Flooding is the most common natural disaster in our nation, and according to the National Flood Insurance Program it caused almost $3 billion in losses in less than a decade, between 2001 and 2010. Remember—your regular homeowners insurance policy does not cover flooding, and additional coverage is required. And if you’re thinking that you don’t need it, read this next part carefully: 20 percent of flood claims come from places where the flood risk is low, says FloodSmart. [Read more…]