Meeting Minutes, September 15, 2014

Treasurer’s Report
Beat Officer Information
Red Cross Presentation: Jim Mallory, certified trainer, Medic First Aid Approved
Training Center,;; 510-812-3647

1.  Treasurer’s Report: National Night Out: donations $57;  Rock & Christine provided the pizza and split the cost 50/50.

2.  Member introductions

3.  Announce email address distributed

4.  Officer Jesse Sousa’s report: His shift is Thurs-Sun 3 pm – 1 am.  Officer Sousa reports that residential burglary statistics are down from last year, representing a significant decrease but stolen cars are still a continuous problem (he recommends using the club), especially Honda’s and Nissan’s from the 1990’s.  There have been suspicious people soliciting in the area, which should be reported to the police.  Recently two white guys in a truck were offering to paint people’s curbs but they had no license or approval.  They claimed they were raising money for a charity but the neighbors reported that they observed that these men only seemed to approach houses without cars parked in front.  When Officer Sousa looked them up in the police database one of them turned out to be on parole for a residential burglary.  He explained that this case is a good example of how important it is for us to call such suspicious people in to the police.  Officer Sousa also emphasized that if you want to call reports in anonymously you can do so.
Officer Sousa discussed the homeless encampment on Amador & Solano.  He has been trying to deal with it but it is CALTRANS’ jurisdiction which has made it very difficult to get anything accomplished so far.  The police are concerned because the homeless residents have been associated with auto thefts.  The officer has given them information for housing resources.  He recommended that people refer any homeless people they encounter in the area to Doug Stewart, Central County Homeless Outreach (;; 925-812-3511)
If you see a car without plates and without paperwork for a new car, call it in as suspicious because people often rent cars, take the plates off, commit a burglary and then return the car with the plate reattached.
In response to a question, Officer Sousa said that if neighbors are having problems with cars being repeatedly red tagged, removed for 24 hours a mile away, and then returned, we should call him.  This is technically legal but he can discuss it with the car owner.  He also recommended calling him to intervene if we have a problem with dogs barking all the time.
Feel free to email Officer Sousa at any time,  We can also send emails to all our beat officers at:
If we’re not sure if the CHP has jurisdiction (because the problem is on freeway property), call the CHP communications center non-emergency number: 707-551-4100, for example, if we see debris or some other hazard on the freeway.

5.  American Red Cross: Jim Mallory teaches disaster preparedness classes, is a public information officer for the Red Cross, worked for FEMA for 7 years as a disaster responder up until a year ago.  Jim handed out Red Cross booklets which cover what he’s presenting tonight, Red Cross Ready, Plan B.
Make a plan, Build a kit, stay informed.  We need to think in terms of “when” not “if” a disaster happens: earthquake, wildfire, flood, landslides, tsunami.
We discussed what would happen after a major earthquake: electricity, gas, water, emergency services impacted, could be injured, killed, or home damaged.
Make a plan: take one card for each person in the family, pick an out of state contact and tell them you’ve designated them as the out of state contact.  The assumption is that it will be easier to make a long distance call than a local call.  Pick a meeting place, locally as well as outside of the immediate area in the event you are unable to get back into your neighborhood, should be out doors.  Each family member should have the card so they’ll know how to connect with each other in the event of being separated during a disaster.
Jim passed out decals to put in our windows to let first responders know if we have a pet, put water bowl in disaster kit.
Public schools are required to keep children in school until the parent picks them up.  The school has disaster kits and won’t turn the children loose.  If you use private daycare find out what their disaster plan is.
Once you have created a disaster plan (including how to get out of the house if there’s a fire, practice it.
When you go into a store or a building find out where the exits are.
Your disaster kit should include enough supplies to meet your family’s needs for 7 days (extended from 3 days).  You can buy a kit from the Red Cross (only for 3 days, though) but he recommends making your own and have at least 2 kits, a smaller one for your car, larger one for your home. Kaiser has a kit for sale in their education program offices.
What to have on hand to survive for 7 days: Containers of water should be portable, 1 gallon per person per day for drinking, don’t store it in anything that isn’t intended as a water container.  He recommends replacing the water every 6 months when it’s time to set the clocks back. Similarly, replace the batteries in smoke alarms every 6 months. (Water in bags, shelf life 5 years)
Food: Avoid salty food, look for items with a long shelf life that are nutritious, self-contained items, canned goods, keep a manual can opener (P-39, small compact can opener developed for soldiers).
Shelter: tent, sleeping bag, go camp in the park.
Portable toilet: can buy a toilet seat lid to fit standard 5 gallon buckets, one retailer is REI.  Always use trash bags with buckets or to line the toilet (33 gallon bags) to contain the sewage which can then be thrown out if the sewage system is not functioning, such as after a very big earthquake that might destroy infrastructure.
Flashlights: check the batteries regularly, have extra batteries or a crank battery-less flashlight with AM/FM radio, newer ones if you crank it for 2 minutes have 20 minutes of power – hardware stores, online, costs about $30.  Also chemical light sticks, buy the white ones, most light, each one has life of about 8 to 10 hours, doesn’t generate heat, not reusable (order online, Red Cross sells them).  Flash light that you can shake, not as much light, some of the crank flashlights can be used to charge your cell phone.
Radios: some with built in weather station (Red Cross sells these also: Books, Toilet paper, Food for pets, Glasses: put old pair in your disaster kit.  Shoes: old shoes next to the bed and fastened to the bed.  Prescription medicine: refill ahead of time and rotate them.  Clothing: a change of clothing, warm clothes, blankets, and a poncho.
Hygiene and sanitation supplies: toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloths, baby wipes.  Work gloves, Cash in small denominations, even less than $20 bills.  Whistle to call for help.
Copy important documents onto a flash drive and put it in your kit: driver’s license, insurance policies (especially important if FEMA comes in).  Contact information,
First aid kit: gauze pads, roller bandages, headache medicine, Neosporin, alcohol wipes, one time use cold pack.
Stay informed:  Learn CPR.
When earthquake happens: get under the table, hang onto the leg, or stand in the corner, they no longer recommend doorways as much as they used to, if in bed, grab pillow and put it over your head, if in a car stay in the car.
If you’re in a fire there is air at the floor level, go to a window, especially if in upper floor, get attention of fire fighters to let them know where you are.  If you have to leave a room, and the door is closed, feel the back of the door with back of your hand to see if it’s hot (less damage if you burn the back of your hand).
Red Cross Shelters must be earthquake resistant with facilities for showers and toilets.  They have trailers ready to provide shelter.  They will not know where the shelters will be in advance, but you’ll get 3 meals and a cot, won’t be comfortable.  All people are welcome at shelters regardless of immigration or legal status.  Need to sign in just so people can find you if someone is looking for you.  They have nurses.
Gas: don’t shut it off unless you smell gas or inspect the meter and is spinning unusually fast.
Electrical wires: Don’t touch electric wires with anything,  If you are in an auto stay inside until proper agencies tell you it is safe, if you have to get out due to fire, jump out of the door as far as you can.

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