Disaster News | California Areas Touched by Aftershocks

UPDATE 3 – JULY 7, 2019 – SUNDAY


What appeared as an isolated incident of a single quake with multiple aftershocks, turned out to be nothing more than a fore shock and something we don’t hear much about – until today.  The original large quake that would shake near the Ridgecrest area of Kern County, California was measured at 6.4M This occurred on Thursday, July 4, 2019.  It was being called a foreshock (prior to the actual quake).

A 7.1M rocked the Ridgecrest area on July 5th causing widespread power outages, gas leaks, structure fires and many EMS calls, with most of them being for short of breath incidents.  Roads were reported buckling and separating roadways, all the way across.


Epicenter | Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake | 150 miles N of Los Angeles

Credit: US Military

The NAWS China Lake Station is about 150 miles north of Los Angeles and at the epicenter. No casualties or injuries were reported. All buildings were found to be structurally sound and still standing.

Kern County | Commercial Structural Damage 

On July 6th, the Governor of California was out to businesses and areas to view the hardest hit areas.


Credit: CA Gov Office

Kern Co Damage | GOP Leader Visit

On the afternoon of July 5th, GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy met with local Officials and 1st Responders to discuss post-earthquake efforts and tour some of the damaged areas firsthand in Kern County.

Kern County | Mobile Home Park


Businesses suffered greatly. | Credit: Kevin McCarthy, GOP Leader

City of Trona | 20 miles E of Ridgecrest

The City of Trona’s one and only water pipeline has been reported to have several cracks.  Repairs are currently ongoing and they are working to fix their main water resources.  On July 6, 2019, after the quake hit – there were reports of being extremely hit hard and had no power or water.

Between Trona & Ridgecrest | SR 178

CHP and CALtrans District 9 assess one of the major roadways at night of a serious large fracture.  This is on SR 178 between Trona and Ridgecrest.


Credit: CALtrans

Kern County | Ridgecrest Regional Hospital

After the 6.4M quake on Thursday, July 4th, the hospital began evacuating some patients due to reported structural damage inside the building. No word on any further damage after the 7.1M quake on Friday or if additional patients were moved from the facilities.   An ambulance strike team from Bakersfield was due to assist with evacuations.


CAL OES | Local Leaders giving briefings



Credit: CAL OES

 Los Angeles County FD | OES Haz-Mat 811 is surveying the damage.


Credit: LACoFD

Orange County Fire Authority | OCFA Heavy Rescue 6 out at the China Lake Naval Weapons Center conducting a damage assessment at the facility.


Credit: OCFA PIO

DISASTER FACT | The Searles and Little Areas are being touched by many Aftershocks in the last 24-48 hours.

Public Health Deployed | Kern Co FD – OES


Credit: KCFD – OES


An American Red Cross shelter has been opened at the Kerr McGee Community Center located at 100 W California Avenue, Ridgecrest, CA.


Closures | Ridgecrest DMV * CLOSED * Monday, July 8th.  Appointments will be honored at nearby field offices. This location is being inspected for structural damage and making repairs. (dmv.ca.gov)

Free Transportation | Trona area residents can receive FREE transportation at the high school to the Ridgecrest Shelter located at the Kerr McGee Center.

Red Cross Services | The Red Cross is currently distributing water, food, clean up kits in the communities of Trona and Ridgecrest.  These are FREE services.


Credit: ARC

Natural Gas Service | PGE reminds its customers that if you have HAD your gas turned off, not to turn it back on yourselves but to call 800-743-5000 to have service resumed.

Crisis Support | Quakes can be stressful, for Mental Health Crisis Support, contact the Behavioral Health Crisis Hotline at 800-991-5272 or the local Crisis Support Center at 760-463-2880.

How to Prepare for Emergencies | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps.html

When to Do When the Shaking Starts | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

How to Prep for Aftershocks | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

Report Structural Damage |  Kern County/Ridgecrest residents only by calling 760-499-5083 or contact by email:  quakedamage@ridgecrest-ca.gov

Donations for Quake Victims | Red Cross | 800-RED-CROSS or go to redcross.org

SOCIAL MEDIA | Taken from Eyewitness Accounts Reported on Social Media

“It was like violent shaking, things breaking.”

“No damage in Anaheim reported. Keep 9-1-1 lines open for emergencies.” – Anheim PD

The strongest quake to hit Southern CAL in 20 years.” – Media

Multiple tweets sent to President, asking for assistance. – Multiple Users

“San Bernardino County reported no injuries, but significant instrastructure damage.” – Media user.

“I could feel the quake all the way down here.” – Las Vegas (NV) resident.

“Ridgecrest is far from LA. It felt small compared to aftershocks of Northridge in 1994.  They (Ridgecrest) does not have the population or infrastructure LA has. There is no damage here (LA).” – Media poster.

“There’s quite a bit of damage that needs to be fixed. We have red tags everywhere and the assessment isn’t even done yet. There’s a lot not being showing on the news.” – Media user.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2111 Hours PDT 

Disaster News | California Suffers From Another Large Quake



What appeared as an isolated incident of a single quake with multiple aftershocks, turned out to be nothing more than a fore shock and something we don’t hear much about – until today.  The original large quake that would shake near the Ridgecrest area of Kern County, California was measured at 6.4M. This occurred on Thursday, July 4, 2019.

DISASTER FACT | 200+ Quakes measured 2.5M + have occurred between both the 6.4M – 7.1M quakes. – USGS

Today’s large quake originally measured at 6.9M has been elevated to a 7.1M with more aftershocks to come in the following minutes, to hours, to days or even months.


An American Red Cross shelter has been opened at the Kerr McGee Community Center located at 100 W California Avenue, Ridgecrest, CA.


How to Prepare for Emergencies | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps.html

When to Do When the Shaking Starts | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

How to Prep for Aftershocks | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

Report Structural Damage | Ridgecrest residents only | 760-499-5083. City or County inspections are onsite.

Donations for Quake Victims | Red Cross | 800-RED-CROSS or go to redcross.org


We have currently signed off and going out of service on this incident as we will be out of town this weekend but staying on the Ridgecrest Earthquake Fire news watch.  We will continue postings but they may be delayed.

To stay more up-to-date on fire news coverage, please follow us on our Twitter @nwfireblog for live updates. Please stay safe out there, wherever you may travel or be deployed to. We appreciate everything you all are doing out there.  #FireResources

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 00:15 PDT 

Disaster News | California Shaken By Large Quake, Aftershocks

UPDATE 1 – JULY 5, 2019 – FRIDAY

A large earthquake shook the Ridgecrest, California area on Thursday, July 4, 2019, which startled a lot of people.

The Kern County EOC was activated due to the large earthquake and aftershocks. This evening, a larger quake measured at 6.9+ with some reports stating as high as a 7.1M occurred, prompting Fire Agencies to start checking their Fire Stations.

Call volume has increased with firefighters responding to calls related to breathing difficulties, structure and grass fires and gas leaks, as well as HAZMAT calls.


An American Red Cross shelter has been opened at the Kerr McGee Community Center located at 100 W California Avenue, Ridgecrest, CA.


How to Prepare for Emergencies | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps.html

When to Do When the Shaking Starts | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

How to Prep for Aftershocks | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

Report Structural Damage | Ridgecrest residents only | 760-499-5083. City or County inspections are onsite.

Donations for Quake Victims | Red Cross | 800-RED-CROSS or go to redcross.org

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2220 Hours PDT

Large Quakes Rock Italy | August 23, 2016




Area hit the hardest by the Quake with some outlying areas. (Credit: USGS)

Incident Info

Two large earthquakes shook areas just SE and NE of Norcia, Italy at in the early morning hours (0230 local time or 1930 PDT), reports the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The original quake was reported by the USGS as a M6.2  and a later aftershock at M5.5.


A local Agency similar to  the American USGS reported feeling about 10 aftershocks in both Central and Northern Italy within a two-hour period.  The impact has reached as many the upwards of 10 million people in  the Country.


American Red Cross – Safe and Well App

Are you safe in Italy and want your loved ones to know? Check out The American Red Cross app @ https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php.

Facebook – Safety Check App

Let your loved ones know through Facebook that you are safe.  https://www.facebook.com/about/safetycheck/

American Citizens

The U.S. State Department is urging American citizens in Italy to let your Loved Ones know you are okay via Social Media.


Incoming Reports


The Mayor of Amatrice, a nearby mountainous town of less than 3,000 (2008 census) reported their City was in complete ruins.  People were reportedly entrapped underneath collapsed buildings.  The Mayor has pleaded with the public to make room for Emergency Response vehicles to be able to pass and reach those who need those services the most.


News Media

Local Media:  Various reports of  Magnitudes of the original Quake from M5.7 – M6.4.

Local Quake Agency:  “We have felt about 10 aftershocks from M3.8 to M6.3 in a matter of several hours.”

Video via CNN:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4r56B4jSVk

EMSC: “Aftershock rate is high in following M6.2 and will likely continue in the coming days.”


Beautiful Amatrice (before) in the snow-covered mountains. (Courtesy: Wikipedia)

Eyewitness Reports

Mayor of Amatrice:   “We can hear people screaming trapped under the ruins. We need help!  Our historic City is no longer here.”

Hashtags for this Incident

Social Media is using the following Hashtags – #Italy  #earthquake  #terremoto  #Italia  #hmrd

We are also using the following Hashtags – #ItalyQuake  #NWFireBlogItaly #NorciaQuake

Follow Us on our Social Media channels here – @nwfireblog (Twitter) – The NW Fire Blog (Facebook)

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Ecuador’s Land Mass Shaken, Causes Massive Disaster


Japan has endured over 100-plus earthquakes since it was shaken by one such major event on Thursday, April 14, 2016, when a 6.2M struck at 2126 hours.  Located 4.3 miles of Ueki and near the City of Kumamoto caused quite a bit of damage and up to nine deaths related to the earthquakes.

Several smaller quakes in the range of 4.3-5.9 continued several times a day on a daily basis.  A second quake of 6.0M that has not been much covered by media or other agencies that occurred 3.7 miles East of Uto, Japan.  The third and most destructive, as well as deadliest was a 7.0M that appeared as a major catastrophic quake with its epicenter 0.6 miles from Kumamoto-Shi on Saturday around 0125 Hours.

At the first glance, initial reports released said there were an additional 32 deaths on Saturday bringing the total to 41 killed.

The PM Office of Japan released a formal statement regarding the status of its infrastructure, search and rescue operations and many other significant events unfolding during their disaster recovery operations.

Approximately, 100,000 have been without power, while 105,000 residents are without gas and a total of 420,000 are without water.  The Government reported they have been handing out water and other disaster supplies to residents.  They were working diligently to get the basic water supply up and running again.

As of yesterday, the Japanese government reported 35 deaths confirmed and 190 have been severely injured.  Those with minor injuries were said to be just over 800 people.   Personnel from the government military forces, Coast Guard, police and fire agencies were said to be mainly focusing on the Village of Minamiaso due to reports of those trapped under many buildings, structures and homes.

Mount Aso was reportedly have erupted due to the second quake.  No word other than its eruption has been reported so we are assuming it is not as critical as the main City which is the home to over 730,000 residents.

While Japan was working on Search and rescue missions all over their City, Ecuador was shaken by a very large Earthquake bringing to light many more injuries and deaths occurring.


On the evening of April 16, 2016, a 7.8M earthquake violently shook Ecuador’s coastal town of Esmeraldas province.

The depth of the quake was recorded at a shallow distance of 19.2km but residents reported it as being a violent motion of shaking.

A tsunami warning immediately followed stating that tidal waves may reach 0.3 – 1 meter above tidal wave levels on the Country’s coastline.  An alert was also issued for Hawaii  (U.S.) PSTC and for Australia’s ATWC as well. No reports of large tsunami damaging waves in either three locations listed.

equador quake

Photo Credit:  United States Geological Survey – http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us20005j32#shakemap, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48225555

A State of Emergency has been issued by the Government.  Reports of roads being badly damaged, bridges collapsing and the water supply being greatly affected.  This earthquake has been listed as one of the worst quakes since the last one in 1979.

Those working or living in buildings over 100 miles away in other Cities reported feeling them shake.  No known reports of injuries occurred have been received.  The death toll in Ecuador has reached 246 with two being from Quebec, Canada. Over 1550 have been injured.

Incident Cooperators are from Samaritans Purse, UNICEF providing water kits and tents, WorldVision, Ecuadorian Red Cross that has over 800 volunteers and staff on the ground providing health teams, hospital units, psychological support and first aid; hundreds are in SAR operations mode; 10,000 Ecuadorian military troops and 3500 Police Officers.   The Red Cross in Spain and Peru are on standby if needed to assist the Ecuadorian Red Cross along with Mercy Corps.


Expectations of additional aftershocks are normal, says the U.S.G.S.   These can occur hours, days and weeks after the main earthquake.  Aftershocks can cause additional building damage and falling debris that can seriously injure you.  Both Countries are reporting a range of aftershocks occurring sometimes mutliple times during each day and on a daily basis.





(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog








Multiple Earthquakes Shake Japan, Cause Widespread Death and Destruction


Three large earthquakes have rocked Japan causing widespread damage and major infrastructure ruin in the Kumamoto area and E of the city Uto.  Here are the facts:

Thursday, April 14, 2016.

  • 6.2M. 2126 Hours.  Located 4.3 miles of Ueki, near city of Kumamoto, Japan.

Friday, April 15, 2016.

  • 6.0M.  0003 Hours.  Located 37 miles E of the City Uto, Japan.

Saturday, April 16, 2016.

  • 7.0M.  0125 Hours.  Located 0.6 miles from Kumamoto-Shi.


  • 74 miles NE of nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture.
  • Southern Japan.
  • Mostly in Kumamoto, Japan.

Historical Facts:

  •  Largest since 2011 [9.0M].
  • Japan has been shaking as far back as 2 yrs ago with quakes in the 4.2M – 5.8M range.
  • Larger Quakes in the 5.9M – 7.1M occurred on 11/13/2015 – 4/15/2016. Could this have been a sign of the upcoming BIG one?

Donation History

  • US poll shows giving almost to $750M for Japan’s 2011 Earthquake recovery.


Incident Cooperators

  • Japanese Law Enforcement
  • Japanese Fire Personnel
  • Self-Defense Force troops
  •  Military Personnel:  350
  • The Japanese Red Cross
  • USFJ to assist with Airlift Operations
  • Japanese Coast Guard
  • medical Units
  • The government states to provide 20,000 staffing levels

Mutual Aid Pending Deployment

  • U.S. Forces


  • Meals.  The Japanese Government is working to acquire 900,000 meals. 3 days worth of food supplies x the number of people evacuated.

Search & Rescue

  • Village of Minamiaso.  The focus has shifted to this village due to many may be entrapped under collapsed structures.
  • Rescue Operations.  Will continue 24/7 including during the evening/night as they are racing against time when they are expecting high winds and torrential rain.


  • Kumamoto airport.  Closed.  All Flights cancelled until April 17, 2016.
  • Hong Kong Flights. Also cancelled.
  • JR Kyushu Railway trains shut down, including Kyushu Shinkansen bullet trains.
  • Nuclear Reactor.  No abnormalities reported by Kyushu Electric Power Co’s Sendai Nuclear Plant in Kagoshima Prefecture. Only 1 operating in Country. All others in Fukushima shut down in 2011 due to tsunami that knocked off the plant’s cooling equipment.
  • Toyota Plant:  work suspended after earthquake.
  • Outages:  100,000 are without power.  105,000 are without gas.  420,000 are without water.  The Japanese chief Cabinet Secretary states water is their highest priority in getting restored.  They are distributing water and other supplies.


  • Nishihara.  Temporary Evacuations due to fear of dam collapse.
  • Japanese Government:  90,000 people evacuated in 681 evacuation centers inside Kumamoto Prefecture area.


  • Kumamoto Hospital.  45 admitted or treated with 5 serious injuries.
  • Social Media:  reporting from 968 – 1500-plus.
  • Japanese Government:  190 severely injured. 807 with minor injuries.


  • Thursday:  9.
  • Saturday:  32.
  • Sunday:  Updated to 35 confirmed by the Japanese government.


  • Uto:  Municipal Building partially destroyed.
  • Assohashi bridge collapsed.
  • ASO Shrine collapsed.
  • Mashiki:  Calls for Help and damage reports given.  Town approximately 800 miles SW of Tokyo.
  • Kumamoto:  90 homes destroyed.
  • Kumamoto: 775 homes destroyed.
  • Major Landslide:  has taken out a highway and communities as it has come down the mountain as images appear all over Social media.
  • Volcano Eruption:  Mount Aso has erupted after Saturday’s earthquake.  No word on if any evacuations are happening in this area or the status of the eruption.


  • Current:  18C degrees. Light rain.


  • No Tsunami alerts, warnings or occurrences have been broadcasted.


  • IFRC Asia Pacific. Red Cross Response Media inquiries.  Rena Igarash. Phone: 818096491577.  redcross.org


  • Safe & Well. American Red Cross. Register at this site to let Friends and Family know you are safe and well, or if you are searching for a Loved One.  Website:  https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php
  •  Five Zero Japan.  Free Wi-Fi access point regardless of carrier.  Code:  “00000JAPAN”
  • Airbnb.  Offering accommodations to those affected by the Japan earthquake. All fees have been waived.  Website:  https://www.airbnb.com/disaster/southernjapanearthquake


  • IFRC Asia Pacific.  Red Cross.  redcross.org.
  • AAR Japan.  Association for Aid & Relief Japan. Works with countries around the globe in disaster relief.  If you wish the funds to be donated specifically to this 2016 quake, indicate “Kumamoto Earthquake”.  Website:  www.aarjapan.gr.jp/english/support
  • Peace Winds America, a disaster preparation and response organization.  focuses on the Asia Pacific.  If donating on this site, make sure to indicate “2016 Kumamoto Earthquake” as the Japan Recovery fund on this site is for the 2011 Quake recovery.  Website:  peacewindamerica.org/support/


  • #JAPANEarthquake
  • #Kumamoto


Japan is an island Country in East Asia that is located in the Pacific Ocean that lies East of the Sea of Japan, the East China Sea, China, North Korea,  South Korea and Russia.  It stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the North of the East China Sea and Taiwan in the South.

Japan is a stratovolcano group of 6,852 islands.   The four largest are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyunshu and Shikoku, which make up about 97% of Japan’s land mass.   The Country is divided into 47 prefectures in 8 regions with a total population of 126 million people.  It is considered as the 10th largest world group.  They are considered to make up 95.8% of the population.  Tokyo is home to over 9M people.

Kumamoto is listed as Japan’s 18th largest City with a population of 734,294 people per the 2010 Census stats.

Disclaimer:  All information has been verified to the best of our ability.  Organizations mentioned in this post are not being endorsed by us nor have they been verified as to those we would donated too.  They are simply part of the equation and assisting with recovery and aid to the earthquake victims.  Please verify you are giving to a legitimate organization prior to making a donation.

Sources:  USGS, PM Office of Japan, Earthquakes Japan, Red Cross Japan, Wikipedia Japan, Census and other multitudes of Social Media sources.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog



Around 1354 PDT, a M8.3 Earthquake shook Chile with enough force that emergency tsunami warnings began being sounded to neighboring Countries, including the United States coastal communities.

The earthquake is said to be 8 miles deep and located at coordinates 31.6 South, 71.8 West along the Coast near Central Chile.


Alert to West Coasts @ 1601PDT 9/16/15

Public Tsunami Info Statement #1 broadcasted by the NWS located in Palmer AK for AK/ BC/ WA /OR and CA.

  • M7.9 earthquake
  • Occurred 1554 PDT or 3:54pm West Coast Time
  • Coordinates: 31.6 S, 71.9 W
  • Depth: 21 miles
  • Location:  Coast near Central Chile

States per their evaluation, these events can occur:

  • Earthquakes of this size can produce large tsunamis outside of the source area.
  • Can be dangerous to coastal areas.
  • The U.S. National Tsunami Center is evaluating the event.
  • The earthquake can produce large Tsunamis causing major damage to areas in the source location.

Reports from Hawaii – 9/16/15 @ 1924 Hours

The NWS from Ewa, Hawaii sends out an alert showing the earthquake has been upgraded to a M8.3

Activity Happening on Coastal areas in CALI – 9/16/15 @ 2245 Hours

An Alert was just broadcasted by Social Media sources that the LAFD will be in Unified Command at 0330 Hours beginning on 9/17/15 with Law Enforcement partners.  Command Post will be at Angels Gate Park in San Pedro.  This is due to the Tsunami Advisory.


Red Cross

Update your information on the American Red Cross website under “Safe and Well” letting your friends and family know you are safe. This is a great site especially now that a major disaster has occurred.  Check out the site at https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/.


  • California Closures:  All marinas, beaches and harbors will close at 0400 hours PDT on Thursday, 9/17/15.
  • President Bachelet: “call people evacuated to stay in higher areas.”
  • Australian Schools: Seismic waves from Chile earthquake recorded on seismometers in schools.
  • Alerts:  Tsunami activity expected to arrive in the LA area at 447am tomorrow. Stay off the beach and out of the water.
  • More CA Alerts/Warnings:  National Tsunami Warning Center issues Tsunami Advisory effective now San Onofre-Southeast of LA County-Ragged PtSan Luis Obispo
  • New Zealand on Alert:  Likely to only be a marine threat to the known hot-spot areas of NZ – Chatham Islands, East Cape, Coromandel, and Banks Peninsula.
  • Earthquake History:  Nepal’s April 25 quake was a 7.8, so this is likely to be the biggest earthquake on the planet so far this year.
  • Chileans feel Aftershocks:  Two significant aftershocks already reported from . 6.2M and 6.4M. Larger of two closer to land.
  • Observations:  Perspective: That’s as large as the 1906 earthquake that decimated San Francisco.
  • Injuries:  Chilean Interior minister Burgos asks people to remain calm and confirms no injuries have been reported as of yet.
  • Other areas Alerted:  Warnings for Hawaii and Peru … Quake felt in


More info will be posted as it comes to light. We are thinking of those impacted in Chile and those who have loved ones there.


Please beware of Coastal changes on the BC, WA, OR, CA Coasts due to a potential threat of large waves, sneeker waves and tsunamis. Please report anything you may see to authorities so they can track them and get necessary warnings out to additional agencies or to the general Public.

If they tell you, that you need to evacuate an area – please don’t question as to why or fight with them to stay.  They are doing their jobs and working to protect you and your family.

Thank you for reading our blog and following along with this Quake Disaster in Chile.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog



NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH | Day 2 | Out-of-State Contact


We talked in our last post, Day 1: Creating an Evacuation Plan.  Now, that you have created your plan, practiced your escape routes and are feeling confident about any disaster you may encounter – it’s time to see what Day 2’s Tip has in store for you and your family, friends and communities.


There are actually two parts to this post, though the second will be a tool you can use if you have no family or friends to whom you can count on as an out-of-state contact as this post is mostly geared towards.  Flexibility should be part of the planning stage to give multiple ways to being Prepared when encountering all types of Disasters and Emergencies.

The main purpose of having an out-of-state contact is so that when there is a large incident that may occur in your area, you can contact your out-of-state person to let them you are okay.  This contact can serve as the point-of-contact for all of your designated family members or friends or for those to whom you have given their contact info to.


Ways you can contact them is by phone [the phones may be down at the time of the event], email or by Social Media [if they are not overloaded by affected users] or through other friends and loved ones that can reach out to your  out-of-state-contact for you.


This information as to the name of your Contact, their address, phone number, email address and other pertinent information should be kept with your “Go Kit” and in an agreed upon location where Family members can easily access.


Practice several times a year with your Contact so you both know what to expect during a Disaster or an unplanned Emergency.  You could apply this during a wildland fire event, earthquake, tornado, serious flooding event, evacuation or any other type of incident.


Creating an out-of-state contact now and being pro-active for that “disaster” event is the best advice we can give you.  Waiting at the last-minute could easily cause confusion, undue stress and panic if you have no idea who you should be contacting, especially if they don’t know you are trying to reach them during the “unplanned emergency”.

Phone lines may be down causing you to be unable to reach family members.  This may be the case even if you already have an established contact but at least, everyone has one person to go to, instead of each person asking if they have heard from so-so with unnecessary worry.  Contact through email or posting to Social Media may be down due to cell sites or internet hosts could have damaged equipment, but if they aren’t – you can notify your contact person in this manner.

Practice ways as if the communication has been lost and let your out-of-state contact the expectations in some of the many ways you may be in touch with them.  It is a great way to see what works and what doesn’t.

We know that putting this Tip into action may be more difficult now, as all communications are working properly than if in an actual disaster event when they may not be.


So, you don’t have a friend or loved one outside of your home state and need an alternative tool to use.  The American Red Cross has a website and mobile app called “Safe and Well”. This is a site that allows you and your family members to log in to say you are Safe and Well.  Friends and loved ones can also “search” on the Red Cross website for you and your family members finding you are safe.

To find out more information about this site, go to the American Red Cross website:  https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

ON THIS DAY | April 20 | The Day The World Changed Forever

We thought this would be a fun little every day post and way for us to learn something new.  Information has not been verified for each date but we feel credible enough to post it on our blog.  Sources are gleaned from all over the net.

295 | 8th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet.

1770 | Captain Cook arrives in New South Wales.

1777 | New York adopts new constitution as new independent state.

1836 | Territory of Wisconsin established.

1837 | Massachussetts creates a State Board of Education.

1872  | San Francisco Bar Association organized.

1888  | 246 reportedly killed by hail in Moradabad, India.

1906| San Francisco Earthquake [on 4/18] creating multiple fires taking Firefighters 2 days to bring the fire under control & stopped from spreading. 700 people died. 200,000 were homeless.

1914 | 33 killed by soldiers during mine strike in Colorado.

1920 | Tornadoes kill 219 in Alabama and Mississippi.

1926 | First radio facsimilie transmission sent across the Atlantic.

1929 | World Tallest building, Bank of Manhattan is announced to be built in New York. 63 floors, to be exactly.

1940 | First electron microscope demonstrated [RCA] in Phily, PA.

1944 | The NFL legalizes coaching from the bench.

1946 | First baseball broadcast in Chicago. [Cards v Cubs]

1948 | NYC hikes subway fares from 5 cents to 10 cents.

1960 | Brasilia was inaugurated as Brazil’s newest Captital.

1961 | American Harold Graham makes first rocket belt fly.

1962 | NASA Civilian pilot, Neil Armstrong takes X-15 to 63,250 m.

1967 | A series of 52 tornadoes killed 58 people. The states hit included northern Illinois, Missouri, Iowa and lower Michigan. – US Surveyor 3 lands on moon.

1970 | In Manila, Philippines, a Philippine Air Lines crashed after an explosion in the rear lavatory caused the tail section to break off. All 36 people on board were killed.

1972 | Apollo 16 makes 5th manned landing on the moon.

1973 | In Patabangan, Philippines, 33 people died when a Philippine Air Lines crashed after a bomb exploded on board.

1995 | Timothy McVeight was arrested for the #OKCBombing.

1999 | Columbine High School Shooting. 13 killed. 24 wounded.  2 suspected committed suicide.

2003 | In Bangladesh, a river ferry sank during a tropical storm killing at least 48 people.

2005 | New bankruptcy law is signed by President George W Bush to make it harder for those to wipe clean their financial situations.

2008 | Benedict XVI visits Ground Zero greeting survivors, Police Officers, Firefighters and some relatives of the 2749 innocents who died there and praying with them.

2010 | The Deepwater Horizon, the semi-submersible offshore oil drilling rig explodes and the platform is engulfed by fire. It was located 40 miles SE of the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico.  11 workers killed. 17 others.  A gusher allowed 200 milion gallons of crude oil directly into the ocean.

2011 | Japan enforces legally penalty for those entering the 12-mile evacuation zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant. 30 families were inside the zone prior to the ban.

2012 | Mexico’s Popocatepi Volcano began errupting ash and spewing rocks.  It is known as the 2nd highest peak in the Country.  The National Disaster Prevention Center raised an alert around the volcano.  It last errupted in 2000.

2013  | IRAQ holds its 1st Election since the US Troops last left the country in 2011.

2014 | Iranian President calls for Women’s Rights and explains the importance of them.


BREAKING NEWS: Los Angeles Has Earthquake This Morning

Los Angeles, CA – Residents are beginning to finally wake after experiencing a preliminar 4.7 earthquake.  Some saying they felt the tremor for a good five seconds.

The USGS has validated the quake but are saying the earthquake previously reported as a 4.7 has now been downgraded to a 4.4.

No injuries or damage is known at this time of this post.

Be Safe out there LA, we’re thinking of you on the West Coast.


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