BE PREPARED for a Disaster

How Ready Are You?  A Preparedness Quiz

What would you do if a major earthquake or wildfire were to occur in Santa Barbara affecting our beautiful neighborhood?

If you had a evacuate, where would you go?  What would you do with your pet?  Would your insurance cover you if your house were damaged?
Take the Preparedness Quiz below and use it to determine how really prepared you are!

If the power went out during the evening, I would:
__A.  Sit in the dark, waiting for the power to come back on
__B.  Light Candles
__C.  Search the kitchen drawers for flashlight batteries: they've got to be there somewhere
__D.  Know exactly where to find flashlights, battery-powered lanterns and fresh batteries

If our home were without water for a day or two, we would:
__A.  Drink soda or juice and wash up at the YMCA or the office
__B.  Visit relatives or friends where we could take showers and use the bathroom
__C.  Check the bottled water stored in the garage and try to remember how old it is
__D.  Drink and wash from a supply of bottled water that we replace every few months

Our Important papers and records are:
__A.  Misplaced, we have no idea where they are
__B.  Scattered in various locations throughout the house
__C.  Filed in the home office
__D.  Secured in a water and fireproof box

We've made the following arrangements for our pets:
__A.  We have no plans.  Why do we need a plan?  They go wherever we go
__B.  We'd leave them at home with plenty of food and water
__C.  We'd take them with us, hoping we could find a shelter or hotel that will accept pets
__D.  We've made plans with family, friends and our vet to take them at a moment's notice

During an emergency, I would depend on the following for information:
__A.  My neighbors
__B.  The television
__C.  The internet
__D.  A battery powered radio

If I suddenly had to leave my home for five days, I would:
__A.  Hang out at the mall and wait to hear how long before we could return
__B.  Throw some clothes and necessities in a suitcase and take an impromptu vacation
__C.  Leave, then coordinate with family members or friends about what to do
__D.  Grab my emergency kit and follow the steps in our family preparedness plan

My Emergency Kit is:
__A.  We don't have one
__B.  A drawer with flashlights and batteries, bottled water in the garage, a first aid kit in the bathroom
__C.  A bin with flashlights and batteries, bottled water, canned foods and a first aid kit
__D.  Water to last 3 days, a battery-powered radio and flashlights with extra batteries, canned food, a first aid kit, extra medications and a potable "go" kit in the car

If my Neighbor told me to evacuate, I would:
__A.  Refuse to leave. Most "emergencies" don't turn out to be a big deal
__B.  Wait to see if the situation worsened, then decide
__C.  Wait for evacuation orders from the local Fire Dept. or Police
__D.  Follow the advice of local responders and evacuate immediately to ensure my safety and theirs

I've made the following plans for my family members if I am not at home:
__A.  Nothing specific, the authorities will take care of them
__B.  I would call them and together we'd decide what to do as the situation unfolds
__C.  We've agreed that they would call the nearest relative to come and get them
__D.  I've helped them assemble their own emergency kit, and we have an extended family plan for relocating them if they need to leave

How Did You Do?
"D" is the best answer to all these questions.  If you answered "D", you are as prepared as you can reasonably be.
If you answered "C" to most questions, you're on the right track, but still not prepared enough.


                      GET a KIT        *       MAKE a PLAN        *      BE INFORMED


1)  KITS

   . water: 1 gal/person/day

   . food: canned non-perishables for PETS & PEOPLE

   . flashlight/radios (crank or battery)

   . first aid kit

   . medications

   . multi-purpose tool (ex. Leatherman)

   . sanitation & personal hygiene items

   . copies of personal documents

   . solar charger (for phone/laptops)

   . family EMERGENCY CONTACT list

   . cash (small bills)

   . sturdy shoes

   . sturdy gloves

   . N95 surgical mask/gloves

   . lg/small zip lock bags for sanitation and other uses

   . extra Rx eye glasses

   . pet supplies (leashes/kennels)

   . keys for manor/vehicles

   . manual can opener

   . duct tape

   . household bleach

   . matches

   . sweatshirts/sleeping bags

   . whistle

2)  MAKE a PLAN (discuss/practice with family)

   . choose TWO places to meet (outside home, outside neighborhood)

   . choose out-of-area contact person

   . know evac routes - practice using them

   . consider pets ... they depend on YOU

   . ICE (In case of emergency list) for wallet & cell phone


   . list for REVERSE 911

   . register with (a community alert service to keep you informed on what matters most ... used by law       enforcement personnel and gov't agencies)

   . know basic first aid

   . know emergency shelter locations for your area AND evacuation routes


   . when disaster strikes, register with Red Cross as 'safe and well' @ 1-866-GET INFO (866.438.4360)

   . put this number in your cell phone, NOW!

   . this internet-based tool should be integrated into your emergency communications plan

   . (for more info)

                    Emergency personnel will be limited.

                    Electric/communication links will be limited.

                    Transportation routes will be limited.

                    Don't be limited by YOUR skills.

Keep automobile gas tanks at least half full.

STORE photos on your cell phone (pets, children, home valuables). 

Want to sharpen your skills on self-sufficiency for YOU and YOUR FAMILY in a disaster?

MERRAG sponsors a free monthly training class.

                                      MONTECITO FIRE STATION

                                            595 San Ysidro Road

                               Community Disaster Preparedness Training

                                       every month * 2nd Thursday

                                                10 am - NOON

                               FREE  *   Valuable   *  FUN     *  WISE



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EHIA's volunteer member efforts have built a strong response network. 

Our goal is to help our small community be self-sufficient in disasters when first responders are overwhelmed.

Our system has been praised by local emergency experts.  Other homeowners groups are now following our lead. Our efforts:


  • Telephone tree network to rapidly inform EH residents of impending danger (used successfully in Jesusita Fire).
  • Email ALERT networks to homeowners from block captains.
  • Block Captain program with 35 volunteers who have collected data on their blocks regarding special needs, skills and equipment.
  • Radio network: a base station, repeater system, battery back-up, antenna, and 15 radios with trained operators throughout the Eucalyptus Hill neighborhood.
  • Website ( 
  • Red Flag Alert program ready to activate in high fire danger weather conditions.
  • 25 CERT- (Community Emergency Response Team) trained neighborhood volunteers. 


These programs require a constant inflow of volunteers. If you would like to join our collective effort, we welcome any time or effort you can offer.

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