The town of Danville, California, is in the lovely San Ramon Valley and a short drive from San Francisco. Contra Costa County where Danville is located is a wonderful area that boasts many positive attributes from temperate climate to cultural diversity. However, California and the Pacific Northwest of the United States are also noted for its earthquakes. Residents in California have to be prepared for earthquakes and other potential related emergencies such as fires, explosions, and even leaks from pipelines. Seasonal downpours can sometimes trigger other types of emergencies such as floods and landslides.
Emergency preparedness officials advise that the best way for each person to cope with a potential emergency is to make an action plan for yourself and your family. There are often no warning signs for these emergencies making planning ahead very critical. Many natural events occur without any notice. Without advanced preparations it is often hard to react to an emergency situation quickly and safely.
Potential challenges for people in an emergency situation are the lack of basic conveniences, such as electricity, gas, and water services. These services can be cut off for many hours and even last for many days. First responders may not be able to reach victims for some time.
The best approach is to think ahead and plan. Members of each household should discuss their plans long in advance of any emergency and include all members of the family in the planning. Keep in mind that small children, the elderly, and those with disabilities will need assistance to get to safety. Register with the Police and Fire Departments if you know of someone who needs a ride or needs help leaving the home in an emergency.
One thing you can do in advance is to check around your neighborhood to make sure you and every family member knows the locations of the fire station, police department, urgent care and hospital.
You should also plan what emergency routes you’ll take out to get out of your home. For example, choose a designated meeting point that is open and public, such as a nearby shopping mall if access to your home is blocked.
Another great idea is to prepare an emergency kit with bottled water, first aid and basic food supplies that can sustain your family for at least 72 hours.
In Danville, a great one-stop for local help is to dial 2-1-1. This number offers information and connections to local health and social services. The line is answered all hours every day. To find out more about 211 go to www.211contracosta.org.
There are three local hospitals that offer a range of urgent care and emergency services.
San Ramon Regional Medical Center (925) 275-9200
John Muir Medical Center (925) 939-3000
Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Medical Center (925) 295-4000
There are also two Urgent Care facilities close to Danville.
Other emergency services:
Police and Fire: 911
Information (Outside 925 area code): (925) 555-1212
Hospital (Pleasanton and Dublin): 925-847-3000
Hospital (Livermore): 925-447-7000
Children's Protective Service: 925-483-9300
Animal Control: 925-373-5314