POTENTIAL WEATHER DISASTERS INTENSIFIED BY GLOBAL WARMING?.
SELF-SUFFICIENT AND RECEIVE EMERGENCY ALERTS.
Q: How long should I prepare to be self-sufficient for after a hurricane?
A: Be prepared to fend for yourself for at least 3 days after a hurricane passes through Tallahassee. Government priorities during the first 72 hours will be on search and rescue, addressing any ongoing life-safety hazards, and establishing security. Humanitarian assistance from government and disaster relief organizations may take a couple extra days to get established.
Q: What does it mean to be self-sufficient?
A: Self-sufficiency is the state of not requiring any aid, support, or interaction, for survival.
Q: How can I get emergency alerts relating to possible flood/debris flows?
A: Sign up for emergency alerts through Santa Clarita Nixle (text SCEMERGENCY to 888777) and for Debris and Mudflow Forecasts from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN VOLCANOES AND EARTHQUAKES?.
Q: What is the relationship between volcanoes and earthquakes?
A: Earthquakes are caused by the slow deformation of the outer, brittle portions of tectonic plates, the earth's outermost layer of crust and upper mantle.
Q: What it is the difference between magnitudes ML and mN?
A: No, people cannot cause earthquakes, although human activities can trigger small earthquakes.
Q: What is the skill of a seasonal forecast?
A: The Regional Climate Outlook Forum (RCOF) is an innovative process that brings together climate experts from around the world to produce regional climate outlooks. The Mediterranean Climate Outlook Forum (MedCOF) is one such forum, which produces consensus forecasts for the Mediterranean region and Northern African region.
Q: Why are the K-rails being used and when will they be removed?
A: The City of Santa Clarita is offering free sandbags to residents in order to prepare for the potential of flooding and debris flow. Sandbags can also be purchased at local stores such as Lowes and Home Depot. It is important to review your insurance policy and make sure you have the proper amount of coverage. You should also copy important documents and take photos of your possessions. The City has also placed concrete structures in strategic areas to help keep flooding and debris flow away from property.
INFORMATION ON CANADIAN EARTHQUAKES AND HAZARDS?.
Q: Where do tropical storms and hurricanes get their names from?
A: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) maintains six alphabetical lists of names which alternate between masculine and feminine and are used on a six-year cycle. Significant tropical cyclones have their names retired from the lists, with a replacement name selected. If all of the names on a list are used, any additional storms will take names from an alternate list of names approved by the WMO.
Q: Where do earthquakes occur in Canada?
A: There is no definitive answer to this question, as it largely depends on the definition of "significant" earthquake. However, on average, the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) records and locates over 4000 earthquakes in Canada each year, which is about 11 per day. Of these 4000, only about 50 (1/week) are generally felt.
Q: Where can I find information on Canadian earthquakes?
A: The largest earthquake recorded in Canada was a magnitude 8.1 event that struck just off the Haida Gwaii on Canada's west coast on August 22, 1949. This earthquake (larger than the 1906 San Francisco earthquake) ruptured a 500-km-long segment of the Queen Charlotte fault and was felt over almost all of British Columbia, and as far north as the Yukon Territory and as far south as Oregon State.
Q: Where can I find seismic hazard maps for Canada?
A: The Geological Survey of Canada produces seismic hazard maps for use in the National Building Code of Canada.
Q: How will I get official information?
A: The City of Santa Clarita and those in neighboring communities can subscribe to receive emergency notifications via email or text message by filling out an online form or by texting SCEMERGENCY to 888777.
Q: Why can’t I park my vehicle on the street during rain storms under the Yellow, Orange or Red alerts?
A: There is no parking during orange or red alerts on any street within the Calgrove Fire and Sand Fire Burn Area. Vehicles are easily swept downhill by debris and mudflows, cause significant threat to property and lives, restrict access by first responders and prevent heavy equipment from clearing the streets during and after rain events.
DURING AND AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE?.
Q: What do seismic waves look like?
A: No, it's not possible to build a seismograph in a day.
Q: What should you do during an earthquake?
A: The safest type of structure is a modern, well-designed, and well-constructed building. However, even these structures are prone to damage from soil failure, chimneys may be damaged or collapse, windows may break, interior walls may crack, and those houses not securely bolted to their foundation may fail at or near ground level.
Q: What should you do after a strong earthquake?
A: Stay calm, help the injured, stay tuned to the radio, and don't enter damaged buildings. If there is a risk of a tsunami, evacuate to higher ground immediately.
Q: What do scientists do after an earthquake?
A: Earthquake damage is caused by ground shaking, which is influenced by the magnitude of the earthquake, distance to the earthquake focus, type of faulting, depth, and type of material.
Q: What if I see something that I believe the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station should know?
A: If you hear a gunshot, call 911.
AN EVACUATION ORDER HAS BEEN
Q: How do I know an evacuation order has been issued?
A: The Color Alert System is a four-color system that alerts residents of the evacuation status. The activation of any color alert is issued by the Unified Command.
Q: How do I find out when an evacuation order has been lifted?
A: An evacuation order will last until the situation is no longer severe and it is safe for residents to return to their homes.
Q: How can I obtain proof of evacuation orders for my insurance company?
A: If you are a resident of the Calgrove Fire or Sand Fire burn area and are unable to leave your home without assistance, please contact the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s station at (661) 255-1121.