Learn What You Need to do to Prepare for the ‘Big One’

           On Tuesday, November 30th at 6:00 p.m. the Palm Springs Public Library will present “Preparing for the Big One: Earthquake Preparedness” with Palm Springs Fire Chief Blake Goetz and Emergency Preparedness community volunteer Jim Crotts.

            According to information compiled by the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) at the University of Southern California over 300 years have passed since the last major earthquake (around 1680) along the San Andreas fault, from San Bernardino through the Coachella Valley to the Salton Sea. Another major quake is likely to happen on this section of the fault within our lifetime, and will shake all of Southern California.  A study led by the U. S. Geological Survey describes in great detail the extensive damage and causalities that result from such an earthquake, and recommends many ways that we can keep this natural disaster from becoming catastrophic. While the San Andreas fault is the most likely source of our largest earthquakes, there are hundreds of other faults throughout Southern California that could also cause damaging earthquakes. 

            Chief Goetz and Mr. Crotts will share information about how to prepare your home and family for such an event.  They will talk about basic supplies and information you need to have on hand in order to survive and mitigate damage to people and property.

            Attendees will also receive a copy of a helpful handbook titled “Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country” produced by the Southern California Earthquake Center which includes   helpful information, checklists and resources; while supplies last. 

            The workshop is FREE and open to the public, but seating is limited. The workshop will be presented in The Learning Center at the Library.   

            Blake G. Goetz, has been with the Palm Springs Fire Department for 33 years, six years as Fire Chief. He has a B.S. in Fire Protection Administration and Certificate in Management Practices. Among his many affiliations he was the IAEM Certified Emergency Manager from 1998-2008, President of Coachella Valley Emergency Managers Association and past Board member of Southern California Emergency Services Association (CSEA), receiving the CESA Crystal Award in 2008.  Jim Crotts is the Chairman of the Palm Springs Neighborhood Involvement Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness. He is also a Member of Palm Springs CERT (Community Emergency Response Team.

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