Local Disaster Threats
In El Cerrito, we face a number of threats to our normal lives, our homes, and our well-being. The "Big 3" disaster threats are earthquake, wildfire, and Public Safety Power Outage. The more prepared you are for these possible scenarios, the better you will fare during them. TAKE ACTION NOW to prepare for the “Big 3” disaster threats -- especially those living in the hillside areas.
Below are some resources that provide information about each disaster threat, and farther down are action steps that you can take to be more prepared.
*** INFORMATION RESOURCES for "big 3" disaster threats ****
EARTHQUAKE on the Hayward Fault
National Geographic video (2 min)
Earthquake - Hayward Fault video (11 min)
“Haywired” video by USGS (6 min)
Lawrence Livermore Lab video (2 min)
DIABLO WIND-DRIVEN wILDFIRE
Ready Set Go - Cal Fire video (6 min)
Camp Fire/Cal Fire video (17 min)
Evacuation video (13 min)
PUBLIC SAFETY POWER shutdown
**** ACTIONS TO TAKE TOWARD DISASTER PREPAREDNESS ****
ACTION #1-- Sign up for alerts
Sign up with the Contra Costa County Community Warning System (CWS) alert system. CWS can alert residents and businesses within Contra Costa County that are impacted by, or are in danger of being impacted by an emergency. The CWS message will include basic information about the incident and what specific protective actions (shelter in place, lockdown, evacuate, avoid the area, etc.) are necessary to protect life and health.
-- Water storage
Emergency water storage containers can provide water for your use during an emergency. A reliable water supply is an important part of any preparedness program. Following a major earthquake, EBMUD says that they will get most residential customers back online within 30 days. You need to be ready to have drinking, cooking, and sanitation water in the meantime. The most reliable way to assure adequate water is to store water at your home and office.
Three times per year, Lamorinda CERT organization offers water storage barrels (ready-to-fill, FDA Approved, food-grade empty plastic water barrels with associated drum wrenches, spigots, pumps and other accessories) for sale. Check their website for details. You can also contact CERT Program Manager Chris Hilliard for more information about this program.