Los Angeles Daily News: Napa earthquake a reminder to be prepared, emergency responders say

Brenda Gazzar reports on earthquake preparedness in California.

While no emergency response crews from Southern California headed to Napa Valley to assist in Sunday’s earthquake aftermath, local officials used the opportunity to remind the public about preparedness.

“This is the sort of earthquake we expect to happen in California,” said Jones, who is normally based at Caltech and is also Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s science adviser for seismic safety. “It happens somewhere in the state on average once every few years. When they happen near people, we get damage. The damage that I’m seeing is completely predictable and could have been preventable but we haven’t as a society chosen to do that.”

September is National Preparedness Month, Lenske said, which is a federal effort to “be disaster aware.” The website ready.gov urges the public to be informed, make a plan, build a kit and get involved.

Preparation and early warnings can be the difference between life and death, said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank.

An early warning system gave a 10-second notice before the earthquake.

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By:  Brenda Gazzar
Source: Los Angeles Daily News