We know that we are in the crosshairs of terrorism. When an event as peaceful as the Boston Marathon is the object of either domestic or state-sponsored terrorism, it is important that we all be prepared.
THE SAN ANDREAS RIFT ZONE
As residents sitting atop one of the most seismically active and largest earthquake faults in the world, we must be prepared for an earthquake of monstrous and disasterous proportions. CERT members prepare their own homes and families for the unknown. Then, we prepare to help our neighbors also. This website contains many of the same documents and safety procedures that CERT volunteers use to prepare themselves for the “Big One”, and the little ones also.
Northridge 1994 - Courtesy Robert A Eplett / CAL EMA
ONE OF THE DRIEST AREAS; SOME OF THE BIGGEST FIRES
Over the years, we’ve watched homes in our very own neighborhoods burned completely to ashes. The ‘03 “Old Fire” is still etched firmly in the memories of San Bernardino County residents, and many empty lots and bare house pads provide stark evidence of the power of fire and the long lasting effects on families and our community.
AS CLOSE AS THE NEAREST FREEWAY
We live near major freeways and railways that often carry hazardous materials. An accident could quickly affect all of us. Loma Linda’s HazMat team is ready to respond.
SOME MAJOR FLOODING HAS HAPPENED IN OUR AREA
So near the Santa Ana River, and so near flooding issues. We may live in a desert, but without proper preparation, the desert can drown us.
Beauty may only be skin deep in Southern California. Yes, many envy our blue skies, sunshine, year-round outdoor activities, proximity to stunning ocean vistas and equally breathtaking mountain and desert scenery. However, like in all communities, ours comes with threats, including some that, while not unique to our area, are more common here than elsewhere. Earthquakes! Others, like fire, are often accompanied by hurricane-force winds that turn the word “fire” into “blowtorch”. When rains come, our rivers turn into raging torrents.
The freeways and railroads that criss-cross our area, providing for a robust economy, also carry daily hazmat threats. And, the very beauty that has drawn millions of people to California means that the threat of terrorism is always a possibility. These are the things that CERT volunteers, in cooperation with the Loma Linda Fire Department, have trained for - not only to help themselves, but to be ready to help others if called upon.
The best solution to the many threats that face us is between your ears - using your time, skills, and countless resources to prepare a survival plan for you and your family, in case of natural or man-made disasters.