Improve your resilience to earthquakes and other potential disasters.
On December 17, 2018, come to the cafeteria to listen to Laura Hall give a talk called Earthquake Ready. 6:45-8:15 pm.
Her talk is going to focus on Holy Redeemer as a school community and give us ideas to think about preparing.
Children are welcome.
There will be prizes for those in attendance!
Raffle prizes include 5-gallon water containers and 100′ paracord rope; twin emergency toilets with lids; and LED flashlights.
Laura will also distribute party favors – everyone will get at least one of the following: Aquatabs water purification tablets; mylar blankets; whistles; N-95 face masks; and emergency water packets.
So join us!
In any situation, if you smell gas, leave your house on foot and call NW Natural’s emergency line at 1-800-882-3377.
Natural gas can be hazardous in several contexts. Lourdes came to the Prepare Fair to talk to us about how to be as safe as possible during the following situations: earthquakes, carbon monoxide poisoning, and floods.
Get your home ready for an earthquake by taking the following steps:
- Secure any appliances that use natural gas (like your water heater and furnace) to minimize movement during an earthquake.
- Replace semi-rigid gas connectors with flexible connectors.
- Keep combustible materials (like paint, oil, and rags) away from your furnace and water heater.
- Contact a qualified, licensed contractor to install an earthquake shut-off valve – equipment that senses ground movement or shaking, and shuts off the flow of gas automatically.
After an earthquake:
- Make sure that no flammable items have fallen or spilled near natural gas appliances.
- If you smell or hear natural gas, call the NW Natural emergency line at 800-882-3377.
- If possible, turn off your gas – if you’ve already turned it off, leave it off. Call NW Natural to have your service restored. Note that everyone else is in the same boat so it will take awhile for someone to restore your service.
- If you’ve installed an earthquake shut-off valve, call NW Natural to have a contractor come to reset the valve and relight your natural gas appliances.
Carbon Monoxide (CO)
Carbon monoxide is a gas that’s odorless, poisonous, and potentially fatal. If gas equipment fails, it may cause the natural gas to burn improperly, resulting in the production of carbon monoxide.
(Normally, natural gas is nontoxic and produces only heat, carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapor.)
Carbon monoxide may be indicated when :
- There is a yellow flame (normally the flame is blue)
- You smell combustion odors and see soot around the front of the appliance.
To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do the following:
- Schedule an annual equipment inspection – NW Natural offers this service at no additional charge to its customers – call 503-226-4214 (or see the Customer Service section of NW Natural’s website).
- Install vents and chimneys properly, and inspect them regularly for improper connections, visible rust, and stains.
- Keep chimneys and vents free of debris such as leaves, creosite, and animal nests.
- Install and properly maintain a UL-approved carbon monoxide detector, which can alert you when a certain level of CO is in the air. A CO detector does not replace proper appliance maintenance. NW Natural says to contact the Oregon fire marshal’s office for information regarding proper placement, testing, and maintenance of CO detectors.
Thank you for participating in the event! We had a great turnout and our tabling organizations were busy the whole night!
For the benefit of all, I’m going to blog about each organization that tabled, so look for the tag “Prepare Fair 2018” in case you missed a table (or weren’t able to participate in the event).
Please join us in the cafeteria (Large Hall), Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6:30-8:30 pm where you can meet with experts from across the city to learn more about emergency preparedness, earthquake science, and the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. Children are welcome!
Nos gustaría obtener más información de padres de la escuela y feligreses de Santo Redentor que ayudará al comité del terremoto a preparar a la comunidad para el terremoto de la Zona de Subducción de Cascadia.
Por favor, tome nuestra encuesta para padres ahora!
We would like to get more information from Holy Redeemer school parents and parishioners that will help the earthquake committee prepare the community for the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.
Please take our Parents’ Survey now!
Please join us in the Large Hall (cafeteria) Thursday, April 26, at 6:30 pm to listen to Justin Ross
from Multnomah County speak about preparing our community for the Cascadia Subduction Earthquake
Justin will provide information crucial for us as families, as a school, and as a church to prepare for the earthquake and its aftermath.
All HR school and parish families are encouraged to participate. Children are welcome. We would be very happy if at least one person from each HR family
could come to this talk –– it’s truly that important.
Please RSVP at http://bit.ly/426speaker