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Disaster Preparedness Urged in Pasadena Ahead of Statewide Earthquake Drill

first_img Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”>?</span>Click on flyer to enlargeThe threat of approaching flames to the foothill communities of Pasadena from the Bobcat Fire in the Angeles National Forest has subsided, and the county has seen significant strides in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in recent weeks.Now, officials are urging the public to remain mindful of another looming threat to Southern California: Earthquakes.The third Thursday of October each year marks California’s statewide earthquake drill known as the Great Shakeout. This year, it will fall on Oct. 15.For many in Pasadena, the point was driven home earlier this month when a 4.5-magnitude earthquake epicentered deep underground along the Whittier Fault near South El Monte shook the region on Sept. 18, but resulted in no reported damage or injuries.Margaret Vinci was ready to go when she felt the shaking. As she often advises others, she had equipment including a flashlight, sturdy shoes and a hardhat at the ready beneath her bed.The likelihood of broken glass strewn around in the wake of an earthquake is high, so “Put on those items first before you jump out of bed,” she said.Following the Northridge Earthquake of 1994, “The number one injury was cut feet. Second: cut hands,” Vinci said.Vinci lives and breathes earthquakes. She serves as manager of the Office of Earthquake Programs at Caltech and is a regional ShakerAlert coordinator, a volunteer with the Pasadena Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, and a coordinator of Pasadena’ “Map Your Neighborhood” emergency response program. She was part of the original committee that formed the Great ShakeOut in 2008.While people may react differently to various forms of disaster, such as evacuating from a fire or sheltering in place following an earthquake, “With any disaster, preparedness is the same,” Vinci said. “The more prepared you are, the better your survivability,”In addition to shoes and a flashlight near the bed, Vinici said people should also have additional supply kits at the ready. A “go bag” should contain all the needed supplies for three days. And multiple bags should be made, so they can be kept in the home, in the car and in the workplace, in case a disaster occurs while away from home. A larger disaster kit should contain “Anything needed to camp for three to four weeks,” Vinci said.“Water is key. One gallon per person per day, for seven to 10 days, if not longer,” according to Vinci.The kit should also include “things that you use every day: Hygiene items, deodorant, makeup…”It’s also wise to include some specialized equipment, such as a whistle to signal for help, or a crowbar to help free people trapped by debris.Pets will need food, toys, and water as well, she said. Booties are also a good idea to prevent animals from stepping on broken glass.People should take time to make a plan to react to an earthquake in each room of their homes, paying attention to where hazards are.Upon feeling an earthquake or receiving an electronic earthquake early warning, people should immediately duck, cover and hold on tight, and not try to wait to see how intense the shaking will get, she said.“Drop before the shaking throws you off your feet. Get under something, hold onto whatever you’re under so it doesn’t walk away from you,” Vinci said. If there is nothing to hide beneath, she suggests getting near an interior wall.By the time alerts are sent out, “You only have seconds. The earthquake has started,” Vinci said. The system is designed to issue alerts to areas where a 4.5-magntitude or greater earthquake has been detected and expected shaking intensity reaches a predetermined limit. Those closest to the epicenter receive little or no warning, while those farther out may get an alert several seconds before shaking is felt, Vinci explained.Those who are in bed when an earthquake strikes should remain there and cover their heads with pillows and blankets, she said.“Beware of aftershocks. Don’t be near glass, don’t be near chimneys, don’t go outside until it’s safe,” she advised. Even in the wake of an earthquake, “Be cognizant of social distancing.”Pasadena takes part in the “Map Your Neighborhood” program, which is designed to help neighbors look out for one another in the wake of a disaster.Participants take part in a 90-minute program, which includes a video presentation and a brochure. The idea is to link neighborhoods of 18 to 22 households so that neighbors can check on each one within an hour of an earthquake or other disaster.Neighbors are encouraged to get to know each other and learn how many people live in each home, whether children or people with special needs live inside, whether there are animals, and so forth. With that knowledge, people can check on vulnerable neighbors in the wake of a disaster without delay.Neighbors also create a map of their neighborhood, taking note of where each home’s gas and water shutoffs are located under the program, Vinci said.Community members are also able to identify what assets exist in their neighborhood. From plumbers to medical professionals, when coping with a tragedy, “everybody has an asset,” Vinci said.The ongoing pandemic has made communicating the importance of earthquake preparedness extra challenging this year, according to Vinci.“It is difficult, trying to get these messages out in a world where we have to do social distancing,” she said.The city’s CERT team has temporarily halted training new members amid the pandemic. Officials were still determining whether they would adopt an online training program, or wait until the pandemic passes to resume training CERT members.Those unable to take part at 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 15 are urged to practice the drill on a different time or day, at their convenience, Vinci said.“You can ShakeOut when and where you want, whether that’s at home, work, school, or even through a video conference,” ShakeOut organizers said in a written statement. “We can and should still practice how to be safe when the earth shakes, especially when your situation changes.”Those taking part are encouraged to register for the California Shakeout online at shakeout.org/california, where additional information is also available.More information on Pasadena’s Map Your Neighborhood program is available online at cityofpasadena.net/fire/community-programs/map-your-neighborhood. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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DNB to assess pension funds’ readiness for new pension system

first_imgIt made clear that it would assess pension funds’ administration capabilities for flexibility, indicating that current IT systems were often outdated.Next year, DNB will complete an overview of outsourced administration in a survey that it started this year.The watchdog said it would also follow up on a survey of pension funds’ visions and strategies, in a move aimed at increasing their operational, organisational and board flexibility as well as resilience.As part of this, DNB is to monitor how pension funds implement strategies and how they anticipate vulnerabilities and risks.The regulator said it would also assess how asset managers prepared for the anticipated change from collectively managed pension assets to individually accrued pensions as well as the adoption of a greater variety of pension plans.DNB added that it would look into asset managers’ business models in a competitive market.In its outlook for the next four years, the watchdog also said it supported convergence of European pension fund supervision. This seems to be at odds with the new government’s intention to resist “new European infringements” on the local oversight of pensions.However, in the same paragraph, DNB said that it didn’t actually expect European harmonisation on pensions. Dutch supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) said it would assess whether pension funds and asset managers were ready for switching to a new pensions system.In documents published this week outlining its vision of future supervision, DNB emphasised that preparation was essential for a smooth transition, describing the planned reforms as “a significant change”.Dutch pension funds have previously been urged to get ready for system reforms only for the changes not to materialise.However, DNB said that, although the new system was not yet fully developed, “a transition seems to be unavoidable as the need for innovation is only increasing”.last_img read more

EMO Hired for Marine Coordination at EnBW’s German OWF Duo

first_imgEmden-based EMS Maritime Offshore (EMO) will provide marine coordination during construction of EnBW’s Hohe See and Albatros offshore wind farms in the German North Sea.During the construction phase and until, and including, the commissioning of the wind farms, a team of nautical engineers will support the team of EnBW in the coordination centre in Hamburg.Along with ensuring safe and smooth operations of maritime travel at the offshore site, EMO will also coordinate the radio communication and provide emergency support.The 497MW EnBW Hohe See and the 112MW EnBW Albatros offshore wind farms are located in the so-called ‘exclusive economic zone’ of the German North Sea, adjacent to to each other.The two wind farms will feature a total of 107 Siemens SWT-7.0-154 wind turbines.They will be constructed as a joint project and are expected to be commissioned by 2019.last_img read more

Update: Swimmer recovered from water at White Rock Park

first_imgOriginal Story-Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an incident that occurred Monday evening where a swimmer went missing in the water at White Rock Park.At approximately 6:03 p.m., authorities were contacted in reference to a male swimmer reported missing in the water for at least 5 minutes. Conservation Officers, Indiana State Police, Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, and Shelbyville Fire Department arrived on scene and quickly began a search and rescue operation.At approximately 7:12 p.m., an Indiana State Police diver located the swimmer near the docks in 17 feet of water. The male was transported to Major Health Partners Hospital in Shelbyville in critical condition. His identification is being withheld at this time. St. Paul, IN—Update-The swimmer recovered from the water at White Water Park yesterday has been identified as Lucius Chitty, 19, of Georgia.Chitty was pronounced deceased at the hospital, and family notification has been made. An autopsy is scheduled for today to determine the cause of death. last_img read more

Ighalo: Kanu advised me on Man U move

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Odion Ighalo has revealed all about a message of support he received from compatriot Nwankwo Kanu after he made his loan move to Manchester United.Ighalo’s loan from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua on deadline day in January did not initially go down well with most critics deeming his arrival as a panic move.The Red Devils had been linked with several other higher profile striking targets throughout that month but had been unable to deliver on any of them.But the Nigerian made an instant impact after joining and has gone on to prove his worth for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The 30-year-old bagged four goals in all competitions before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus crisis, including a stunning strike in the Europa League against LASK.There are now reports that the former Watford man could make a permanent switch to Old Trafford and the striker has revealed that Kanu gave him some useful advice that helped him seize his opportunity.“He sent me a congratulations message when I signed for Man United and he just advised me to keep working hard,” Ighalo said.“He said I’m going to surprise so many people that didn’t give me the benefit of the doubt of coming into that team.“He said that he saw me doing well there, but I should work hard and believe in myself – don’t let talk from other people distract me. So it’s a good one.”Speaking about the pressures of playing for a club like United, Ighalo continued: “Manchester United is a big club, there will always be pressure to do well.“They want to win every game, they want to contest for every title, they want to do well and especially we want to end this season in the first four to qualify for the Champions League.“Trying to win the Europa League, the FA Cup is there. So you feel that little bit of pressure, ‘this game we have to win’.”Ighalo’s loan stay at Old Trafford is due to expire at the end of May and Shanghai are believed to be playing hardball over renewal talks, insisting that United will need to pay around £15 million to keep the forward. Tags: Manchester UnitedNwankwo KanuOdion Ighalolast_img read more