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Napa quake a reminder for SCV, city emergency official says

Posted: August 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Santa Clarita’s emergency preparedness czar says Sunday’s Napa earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale is a reminder to residents that the Santa Clarita Valley could be hit any time with a devastating earthquake or fire.

“An event like this gets you looking at your lifelines,” Donna Nuzzi, the city’s emergency services supervisor, said Monday. “No water, no power, no gas — just being able to cope and deal with that and be prepared for that” is the goal of emergency preparedness, she said.

Photos of the city’s downtown show rubble dumped into city streets from building facades.

“Unreinforced masonry is why we practice drop, cover and hold without exiting (a building),” Nuzzi said. “Any type of facade — things are coming off buildings.”

The Napa quake occurred about a week before September is observed as Disaster Preparedness Month. For those with outdated water in their disaster kits — or who never got around to putting together such a kit —the city will offer tips and courses on being prepared, Nuzzi said.

Workshops are scheduled throughout the month. Perhaps the highlight will be a presentation by Margaret Vinci of the California Institute of Technology on the development of earthquake warning systems. That seminar is set for Sept. 18.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called on Congress Monday to fund such a program.

“An earthquake early-warning system would provide crucial time to carry out lifesaving actions,” she said in a statement. “A warning of even a handful of seconds would allow for emergency notifications to be sent; trains and traffic to be slowed or stopped; supplies of oil, gas and chemicals to be turned off; nuclear plants to be safeguarded; even elevators to be safely emptied.”

Feinstein said two bills from the Senate Appropriations Committee would fund such a program, which Nuzzi said could provide seconds to shut down power to gas pumps or set off an alarm in operating rooms.

Other websites providing tips to effectively prepare for disaster include the Red Cross,, the California Emergency Management Agency,, and the Southern California Gas Co.,


Unreal: Posted: August 26, 2014 11:29 a.m.

A great lesson was the broken water mains and the lack of water for fire dept. We need to make sure that water tankers are available so Fire dept. does not just stand by and watch houses burn.

src: Posted: August 26, 2014 4:20 p.m.

If you don't have supplies on hand to last at least 10 days without water/gas/power/food, you're doing it wrong. Don't rely on local, state, or federal government to come save your a$$. I used to laugh about "the big one", but the ring of fire has been very active the last few years. Better safe than stranded.

stray: Posted: August 26, 2014 6:39 p.m.

I completely agree with Unreal and src...

We are on our own for quite a while before any help arrives. At my place, we have stocked up on water and emergency foods (canned) to last a couple of weeks. In addition, I try to keep enough propane on hand for the barbeque in case the gas main is disrupted. We just invested in a portable generator that can use either gasoline or propane. I hope we never have to use it - but it will be there if necessary. I will also help out my neighbors who might need to power up their refrigerators/freezers also with this generator. However, I will NOT ask them if they got milk, but I will ask them if they got gas...!!! :)

chefgirl358: Posted: August 27, 2014 12:00 a.m.


Yep me too, extra propane tanks and as much water as we can fit (8 cases plus about 8 gallon jugs), canned and packaged goods, and a small generator.

chefgirl358: Posted: August 27, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Remember the bottled MGD water? Wish I'd saved a few bottles.

stray: Posted: August 27, 2014 12:52 p.m.

Chef, we're trying to find the best prices on extra propane tanks. I remember when Costco stocked them - especially that the tank came equipped with a guage! Wow, that's a great tool, and you never run out of propane in the middle of barbecuing! Wish Costco still stocked them! Great prices!

I am not aware of the bottled MGD water. (probably before my time)

This is a great time to be prepared for any emergency... We still keep water stored in the trunk of our cars with some packaged foods (ie...trail mix) which we rotate everything frequently. Never know where we will be when the next disaster strikes!

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