The Hercules Police Department will help you
neighbors form a NW program. Contact the business office
for assistance in forming this valuable association. These
groups not only help reduce crime, but also prepare for
other community emergencies. Contact person:
Above: Neighborhood Watch
meeting in Victoria by the Bay
Community Emergency Response Training Program:
Classes are offered regularly through the
Rodeo/Hercules Fire Departments. Contact: 510 799 4961
Cross Home Emergency Plan:
ARC website: click here
Four Steps to Safety
1. Find Out What Could Happen to You
- Contact your local Red
Cross chapter or emergency management office before a
disaster occurs--be prepared to take notes.
- Ask what types of
disasters are most likely to happen. Request information
on how to prepare for each.
- Learn about your
community's warning signals: what they sound like and what
you should do when you hear them.
- Ask about
animal care after a disaster.
Animals are not allowed inside emergency shelters because
of health regulations.
- Find out
how to help elderly or disabled
persons, if needed.
- Find out about the
disaster plans at your workplace, your children's school
or day care center, and other places where your family
a Disaster Plan
your family and discuss why you need to prepare for
disaster. Explain the dangers of fire, severe weather, and
earthquakes to children. Plan to share responsibilities
and work together as a team.
types of disasters that are most likely to happen. Explain
what to do in each case.
places to meet:
outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a
your neighborhood in case you can't return home.
Everyone must know the address and phone number.
out-of-state friend to be your "family contact." After a
disaster, it's often easier to call long distance. Other
family members should call this person and tell them where
they are. Everyone must know your contact's phone number.
Discuss what to do in
Plan how to take care of your pets.
3. Complete This
Home Hazard Hunt
- In a disaster,
ordinary items in the home can cause injury and
damage. Anything that can move, fall, break, or cause
a fire is a potential hazard.
- Repair defective
electrical wiring and leaky gas connections.
- Fasten shelves
- Place large, heavy
objects on lower shelves.
- Hang pictures and
mirrors away from beds.
- Brace overhead
- Secure water
heater. Strap to wall studs.
- Repair cracks in
ceilings or foundations.
- Store weed killers,
pesticides, and flammable products away from heat
- Place oily
polishing rags or waste in covered metal cans.
- Clean and repair
chimneys, flue pipes, vent connectors, and gas vents.
- Post emergency
telephone numbers by phones (fire, police, ambulance,
- Teach children how and
when to call 9-1-1 or your local Emergency Medical
Services number for emergency help.
- Show each family member
how and when to turn off the utilities (water, gas, and
electricity) at the main switches.
- Check if you have
adequate insurance coverage.
- Get training from the
fire department for each family member on how to use the
fire extinguisher (ABC type), and show them where it's
- Install smoke detectors
on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms.
- Conduct a home hazard
hunt home hazard hunt.
- Stock emergency
supplies and assemble a
Disaster Supplies Kit.
- Take a Red Cross first
aid and CPR class.
- Determine the best
escape routes from your home. Find two ways out of each
- Find the safe places in
your home for each type of disaster.
4. Practice and
Maintain Your Plan
- Quiz your kids every
six months or so.
- Conduct fire and
- Replace stored water
and stored food every six months.
- Test and recharge your
fire extinguisher(s) according to manufacturer's
- Test your smoke
detectors monthly and change the batteries at least once a
Working with neighbors can save lives and property. Meet
with your neighbors to plan how the neighborhood could work
together after a disaster until help arrives. If you're a
member of a neighborhood organization, such as a home
association or crime watch group, introduce disaster
preparedness as a new activity. Know your neighbors' special
skills (e.g., medical, technical) and consider how you could
help neighbors who have special needs, such as disabled and
elderly persons. Make plans for child care in case parents
can't get home.