LOS ANGELES, July 17, 2019 —The American Red Cross will open a Service Center in Ridgecrest on Thursday, July 18. Red Cross caseworkers will meet with residents with homes verified to have been destroyed or to have sustained major damage as a result of the earthquake that occurred on July 4, 2019 in the Ridgecrest and Trona areas. They will discuss disaster recovery needs and work with residents to develop a transitional recovery plan.
The Red Cross Service Center is located at:
Immanuel Baptist Church
1201 N. China Lake Boulevard
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Red Cross emergency shelters are designed to meet the immediate, short-term needs of impacted residents until long-term efforts can get underway. As communities begin to recover from the Ridgecrest Earthquake, the Red Cross is meeting one-on-one with any affected residents and providing an individualized transitional recovery plan at the Red Cross Service Centers.
These month’s earthquakes serve as a reminder on the importance of being prepared for disasters big and small. The Red Cross offers these safety steps you should follow:
During an earthquake, avoid moving around. Drop, cover and hold on.
· Try to protect your head and torso. If you are sitting at a desk or table, get under it. Otherwise, drop wherever you are.
· If you are in bed, stay there, curl up and hold on. Protect your head with a pillow.
· Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit.
· If you must leave a building after the shaking stops, use stairs rather than an elevator in case of aftershocks, power outages or other damage.
· If you smell gas, get out of the building and move as far away as possible.
· Before you leave any building check to make sure that there is no debris from the building that could fall on you.
If you are outside, find a clear spot away from buildings, power lines, trees and streetlights. Drop to the ground and stay there until the shaking stops.
· If you are in a vehicle, pull over to a clear location and stop. Avoid bridges, overpasses and power lines if possible. Stay inside with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops. Then, drive carefully, avoiding bridges and ramps that may have been damaged.
· If a power line falls on your vehicle, do not get out. Wait for assistance.
· If you are in a mountainous area or near unstable slopes or cliffs, be alert for falling rocks and other debris. Landslides are often triggered by earthquakes.
After an earthquake, expect and prepare for potential aftershocks.
· Anytime you feel an aftershock, drop, cover and hold on.
· Aftershocks frequently occur minutes, days, weeks and even months following an earthquake.
· Also prepare for potential landslides, or a tsunami if you live in a coastal area.
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BE READY FOR DISASTERS
Getting prepared is easier than you may think. Your family can prepare by taking three simple actions:
· GET A KIT. Your emergency kit should contain supplies for at least three days, including a gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable food, a flashlight and extra batteries, a first aid kit, medications and copies of important documents. Don’t forget to grab items, such as diapers, for young children, and any supplies for family members with special medical needs. See full details here.
· MAKE A PLAN. Make sure to plan what to do in case you are separated from your family during an emergency and what to do if you have to evacuate. Coordinate your plan with your child’s school, your work and your community’s emergency plans. Include your pets in your emergency plans. Remember, if you and your family need to evacuate, so does your pet. It’s important to plan in advance to know which pet-friendly hotels are in your area, and where your pets can stay in an emergency situation. Find full details and easy-to-use plan templates here.
· BE INFORMED. Be informed about what disasters or emergencies may occur where you live, work and play, and how to respond as safely as possible. Find out how local officials will contact you during a disaster and how you will get important information. Take a first aid, CPR and AED course, so you’ll know what to do in case help is delayed. Learn how to get fully informed about emergencies here.
For more information and preparedness tips, visit redcross.org/prepare.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/la or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossLA or @CruzRojaLA.