Module 1 SLP: Three Types of Disasters or Emergencies

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Module 1 SLP: Three Types of Disasters or Emergencies Emergencies and disasters can happen anywhere in the world at any time. One way to minimize casualties and ensures a quick recovery by a community is to have a proper Emergency Preparedness Plan in place for each particular local area. This report will discuss an Emergency Preparedness Plan for San Diego, California. The three most anticipated disasters that happen in this area are earthquakes, fires, and mudslides. All of these disasters have impacted San Diego in the past decade and continue to be a constant threat. Earthquakes are common to California. In 2010 a 6.9 scaled earthquake struck San Diego resulting in minor damage to property, but no actual injuries (Azpiri 2010). Earthquakes have amplified throughout California over the past 5 years, so it is reasonable to prepare for a earthquakes as a possible natural disaster in this community (USGS 2012). Earthquakes can cause serious property damage and have large victim totals when reaching magnitudes greater than 8.0 on the Rictor Scale (USGS). While most of the sky scrapers in California are up to code to handle earthquakes, there are many urban areas with homes that are over 70 years old. An earthquake of a 7.7 magnitude killed 20,000 people in Gujarat, India in 2001, an earthquake even higher on the scale would be devastating to even the most modern areas. These areas along with the many bridges and highways must all be planned for in the event of an

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