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Emergency Earthquake Resources for the Community

08/28/2014

 

 

Residents should call 9-1-1 if they are experiencing an emergency, and should check for gas and water leaks. 

 

PG&E emergency number is 1-800-743-5000

  • If you need gas service restored call: 1.800.743.5002

 

Reporting Structural Damage: (707) 651-7144 or Earthquake2014@ci.vallejo.ca.us

 

At the present time there is no public assistance available.

 

 

PG&E Check list for what do to DURING an Earthquake

 

  • If you are indoors, stay indoors and take cover under a sturdy desk or table, or stand in an interior doorway. Stay away from exterior walls and windows, masonry veneers (such as fireplaces), tall furniture, and hanging pictures or mirrors.

  • If you are cooking in the kitchen, turn off the stove before you take cover.

  • If you are outdoors, get into the open away from buildings and power lines. Be alert for falling debris.

  • If you are driving, pull to the side of the road and stop if it is safe. Move your vehicle out of the normal traffic pattern as much as possible.

  • Do not stop on or under overpasses, bridges, or tunnel.

  • Do not stop under or near electrical power lines, light posts, trees, or signs. Stay in your car until the earthquake is over.

 

 

PG&E Check list for what do to AFTER an Earthquake

 

  • Ensure that everyone is safe.

  • Inspect your building for damage. Do not use electrical switches, appliances, telephones or any flame if you suspect a gas leak, because sparks can ignite gas.

  • If you smell gas, hear gas escaping, see a broken gas line, or suspect a broken gas line, evacuate the building. Find a phone away from the building and call PG&E 1-800-743-5000 or 9-1-1 immediately. If it is safe to do so, turn off the gas service shutoff valve normally located near the gas meter. Do not shut off the gas service shutoff valve unless you find the presence of any one of these conditions because there may be a considerable delay before PG&E can turn your service back on.

  • If leaking gas starts to burn, do not try to put the flame out. Evacuate the building. Call 9-1-1 and PG&E immediately. If it is safe to do so, turn off the gas service shutoff valve normally located near the gas meter.

  • Once the gas is shut off at the meter, do not try to turn it back on yourself. Only PG&E or another qualified professional should turn the gas back on.

  • Check for downed or damaged electric utility lines. Stay away from downed power lines and never touch wires lying on the ground, wires hanging on poles, or objects that may be touching them. Downed wires still may be carrying current and could shock, injure or even kill if touched.

  • Check for damaged household electrical wiring and shut off the power at the main electric switch if you suspect any damage. If the power goes out, turn off all electric appliances, and unplug major electric appliances to prevent possible damage when the power is turned back on.

 

USGS Earthquake Handbook for the San Francisco Bay Region http://www.earthquakecountry.info/roots/index.html

 

 

On the Road

 

Citizens are reminded to treat all non-functioning stoplights as a four-way stop.

 

 

Health and Human Services

 

In the event medical attention is required, local hospitals are appropriately staffed and prepared to handle earthquake related injuries in addition to other non-event related emergencies.

 

The Solano County Health & Social Services offices located at 355 and 365 Tuolumne Street have been yellow tagged and are closed to the public until further notice. Solano County employees will contact clients who had appointments at these locations to reschedule or divert clients to the Fairfield office.

 

 

Shelters and Lodging

 

Vallejo's American Red Cross chapter will open as an "as needed" Evacuation Center at the Florence Douglas Senior Center located at 333 Amador Street. 
Only those without shelter as a result of the earthquake should seek these services.

 

The City continues to work with the American Red Cross and Salvation Army to provide shelter and resources to those displaced.

 

 

Water

 

If you lost water service completely for any period of time after the earthquake:

  • Use bottled water for drinking and cooking

  • Boil tap water for one full minute before use for drinking or cooking

 

Gas

 

PG&E emergency number is 1-800-743-5000

If you need gas service restored call: 1.800.743.5002

 

 

Red, Yellow, and Green Tags

 

Green-tagged Building (full use)

The building is undamaged or suffered slight damage 

 

Safe to use.

 

Yellow-tagged (partial use)

A yellow tag means “cautionary.”

 

Property owners can access and clean their buildings, and once clean can contact the City for re-inspection.

 

 

Red-tagged (prohibiting use)

A red tag means the building structure has been damaged and is not safe to enter. Please do not enter your building.

 

You must hire a qualified, licensed engineer to inspect the property and prepare a written assessment.

 

If the report indicates the building is safe to access and occupy, the City will upgrade the red tag to a yellow tag, and then you must follow the steps described above for a yellow tag. If the report indicates the building is not safe to access and occupy, the report will include recommendations for structural modifications. The Building Division will work with the owner on the best course of action.

 

 

Structural Damage

 

The City has requested 5 Engineers and 10 Building Inspectors from the Solano County Office of Emergency Services. One State of California Inspector will be completing an initial damage inspection in preparation of the deployment of an official damage assessment team that will complete a thorough report in response to the State of California Emergency Declaration.

 

Residents with brick masonry fireplaces or foundation issues that pose safety concerns should call 911 to request a Fire Department inspection.

 

All non-emergency phone calls regarding infrastructure or property damage issues should be directed to the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) by e-mailing  Earthquake2014@ci.vallejo.ca.us or by calling the newly established message line for reporting damage: (707) 651-7144

 

City crews are receiving assistance from 24 representatives from the following agencies:

Cal-OES,

Cal-EMA,

Solano County,

Cities of Dixon, Fairfield, San Jose, Vacaville,

San Jose Water,

UC Davis,

Kaiser,

Department of State Architecture,

American Construction Inspectors Association,

Caltest Construction,

Todd R. Bailey & Associates,

WC-3 and more. 

 

All non-City representatives have a City of Vallejo vest and possess a temporary City I.D., identifying them as 2014 Earthquake Mutual Aid.  If individuals are unsure, they are encouraged to call the EOC at 707-648-4423.

 

 

Building Contractors and Permits

 

It is the City of Vallejo’s goal to provide single-day over-the-counter plan check review for minor building permit requests, provided that applications are complete. 

 

The City's Building Permit Application is available at http://www.ci.vallejo.ca.us/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=94108  and a checklist at http://www.ci.vallejo.ca.us/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=94110

 

Requirements may be different for historically recognized buildings.  For building permit questions, please contact the Building Division at (707) 648-4374.

 

The City of Vallejo cautions residents and businesses to confirm that Contractors, Architects and Engineers are California Licensed, bonded and Insured. 

 

License numbers can be checked at http://www.cslb.ca.gov/ and a list of "Dos and Don'ts" can be accessed at http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Consumers/HireAContractor/WhatSeniorsShouldKnow.asp.

 

 

Waste disposal

 

To accommodate an anticipated increase in the need for disposal of household hazardous waste, the Napa-Vallejo Permanent HHW Collection Facility located off Hwy 29 & South Kelley Road adjacent to the Devlin Road Transfer Station will be open Thursday August 28th from 9 AM to 4 PM in addition to its normal schedule of Fridays and Saturdays from 9 AM to 4 PM. Disposal is free for households. Businesses must make an appointment and pay a fee. For questions, please call John Kara at Napa County Environmental Health  (707) 259-8208.

 

 

Postal Service

 

The Post Offices on Santa Clara Street and Amador Street remain closed.

Individuals are being redirected to 100 Admiral Callaghan Lane for all of their postal needs.

 

 

Updated News

 

Communication remains a priority.  Information is available at ci.vallejo.ca.us/EarthquakeStatus  and Facebook, and on the neighborhood-based Nextdoor City feed.

 

 

If you want to donate money to help residents

 

American Red Cross

send a check to the American Red Cross of Napa County at 1790 Third St., Napa, CA 94559, and write "Disaster Relief Napa and Vallejo" on the bottom of the check.

 

Salvation Army

Donations can be provided in person - designated checks, nonperishable food items, or water - at 630 Tuolumne St., Vallejo CA 94590 or 590 Franklin St., Napa, CA 94559. Mail donation checks to either of those addresses.

 

Solano Napa Habitat for Humanity

Donations by check designated toward earthquake relief in Napa and Vallejo can be sent to 5130 Fulton Drive, Suite R, Fairfield, CA 94534

 
 

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