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Are you prepared for the next earthquake?


At a minimum, have the basic supplies listed below. Keep supplies in an easy to carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.

    • Water—one gallon per person, per day (3 day supply for evacuation, 2 week supply for home)
    • Food—non perishable, easy to prepare items (3 day supply for evacuation, 2 week supply for home)
    • Flashlight
    • Battery powered or hand crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
    • Extra batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Medications (7 day supply) and medical items
    • Multi purpose tool
    • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
    • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
    • Cell phone with chargers
    • Family and emergency contact information
    • Extra cash
    • Emergency blanket
    • Map(s) of the area

Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:

    • Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
    • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
    • Games and activities for children
    • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
    • Two way radios
    • Extra set of car keys and house keys
    • Manual can opener

Additional supplies to keep at home or in your kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:

    • Whistle
    • N95 or surgical masks
    • Matches
    • Rain gear
    • Towels
    • Work gloves
    • Tools/supplies for securing your home
    • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
    • Plastic sheeting
    • Duct tape
    • Scissors
    • Household liquid bleach
    • Entertainment items
    • Blankets or sleeping bags

To see more information, the Red Cross has some very useful documents and 72 is another great place to learn more.

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Look Out for CA Vehicle Registration Notification Change

As of July 1, 2011, the California DMV is no longer required to mail out advance notices for upcoming vehicle registration. See the Website for details.

They are balancing that change with an additional grace period of 30 days before penalties would be applied.

They are also adding $12 to the registration fee. It appears that the state is trying to cut back on the costs of mailing out the notices and increasing revenue with the increased fee as well as expecting that many of us will forget to pay our registration on time, thus adding more fees through penalties.

Key here is to remind yourselves with post-it notes or iPhone alarms, so we will not pay extra for our vehicle registration.

Check the tag on your plates. It will tell you what month you must renew.

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Real Estate Update

According to CNNMoney, home sales continue to improve across the country. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that the annual sales pace in December reached 4.6 million homes, up 5% from November’s pace and 3.5% from a year ago.

It was the third straight month of improvement in the pace of sales. Obviously, homebuyers are feeling a bit better about the market across the nation – the result of record low mortgage interest rates, job growth and bargain home prices.

Let’s hope this trend continues.

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