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Frequently Asked Questions About Emergency Preparedness

1. How many days worth of water and food should I have in my emergency kit?

ANSWER: 3 days is the minimum. If possible, plan for 5-7 days. The more days you are able to be self-sufficient the better.

2. How much water do I need?

ANSWER:
One gallon per person per day is recommended (2 quarts for drinking; 2 quarts for food preparation and sanitation needs).

3. What does "Shelter In Place" mean?

ANSWER:
"Sheltering In Place" is essentially the opposite of evacuation. There are many circumstances in which it may be safer for you to stay where you're at. (contaminated air, unsafe road conditions, falling debris, etc.) If you are told to "Shelter In Place" stay inside, lock your doors, close windows, air vents and fireplace dampers. Turn off your air conditioning, forced air heating systems, exhaust fans and clothes dryers. Seal all windows, doors and vents.

4. Where are the shelters in our City?

ANSWER: The City, in partnership with the American Red Cross, have identified several locations within the City to serve as shelters. If an area of the City needs to be evacuated or if a shelter needs to be established, shelter sites will be identified and the information will be given to the public by a variety of means (media, CodeRED, the City website, public address systems, etc.)

5. What do I do with my pets?

ANSWER: Plan for your pets. Prepare a list of family, friends, boarding facilities, and pet-friendly hotels that would be able to shelter your pets in an emergency. In your Emergency Kit, make sure you include food and water for your pets. PLEASE NOTE: In most cases, emergency evacuation shelters do NOT allow pets (other than service animals) inside their facilities.

6. What do I put in my Emergency Kit?

ANSWER: Click here for more information on Assembling an Emergency Kit.

7. Does Chino have a Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) Program?

ANSWER: At this time the City of Chino does not have a C.E.R.T. Program.

8. What is a "Boil Water" order?

ANSWER: In the event of a disaster it may be necessary for the authorities to issue a "boil water" issue. If so, residents should not use tap water for drinking, washing dishes and utensils, hand washing or cooking. Safe water for drinking, cooking, and personal hygiene must be bottled, boiled or treated. If you are given a "boil water" order, boil water that you want to use for one minute. Let it cool before using.

9. What if I don't have electricity or gas to boil water?

ANSWER: You may purify water by adding eight (8) drops of house hold bleach* per gallon of clear water and sixteen (16) drops of bleach per gallon of cloudy water. After adding the bleach, mix well and let stand for 30 minutes before using. *Bleach should NOT be color-safe bleach, should NOT contain any additional cleaners or scents.

10. What are the greatest risks facing the City of Chino?

ANSWER: A risk-assessment of the City reveals nine (9) potential threats to the City of Chino. They are (in order of most likely to least likely): Earthquake, Hazardous Materials spill, Flooding, Urban Flooding, Plane Crash, Transportation/Trucking incident, Civil Unrest, National Security Emergency, and Terrorism.

11. Where can I receive more training in Emergency Preparedness?

ANSWER: There are several traing resources available. Red Cross offers training through their Disaster Services. The Federal Emergency Management Agency also offers extensive on-line training. The Citizen Corps website is another great resource for information on preparedness and training.

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