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Bill Hammerman on Petaluma's past, present and future

Additional Emergency and Preparedness Resources Online

For those readers who have been following this latest series of Emergency & Disaster Readiness blogs and are interested in learning more about being “Prepared and Ready” for a major natural disaster; listed below are online links to organizations at the national, state, county, and municipal levels with pertinent information. American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/prepare Citizen Corps http://www.ready.gov/citizen-corps Ready http://www.ready.gov/ Salvation Army http://www.salvationarmyquincy.org/disaster-relief/ Crisis Response Care http://www.crisisresponse.org/ Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amateur_Radio_Emergency_Service Neighborhood HamWatch http://www.hamwatch.me/ Neighborhood Watch Radio http://neighborhoodwatchradio.org/

A Crummy Story – Getting Involved

Guest Blog by Jack Withington This week I was part of the change. In what is a Petaluma first, a group of concern citizens lobbied the Petaluma Board of Education to stop the use of a suspected toxic and possibly carcinogenic waste by-product, ground up recycled rubber tire particles called crumbs, from being used as an “infill” on Casa Grande High School’s sports field. “Infill” is one of several “toppings” used as a shock absorber placed on the top of… Read More »

Are You Ready and Prepared to Communicate?

Neighborhood HamWatch Net Control

Today’s blog is based upon several Emergency Preparedness blogs from 2110, 2011, and 2012. Almost ten years ago, on October 12, 2006, a “Special Report” video titled, Emergency Preparedness-Can Sonoma County Communicate? was produced by the Clearstream Media Group. Panel members included the Deputy Emergency Services Coordinator for Sonoma County, the South County Auxiliary Services Communications Team Leader (ACS), the Petaluma Fire Chief, and a concerned local citizen. Following Hurricane Katrina (August 29, 2005), a FEMA official was quoted as… Read More »

What To Do Before, During, and After an Earthquake

Today’s blog contains text copied from three earlier blogs (#97, 98, & 99) posted during National Preparedness Month, October 2012. Before An Earthquake * Know critical needs of yourself and your family. * Be aware of any unique hazards near your home such as power lines, trees, or hills. * Know the best escape route from each room, your home, and the neighborhood. Also have an alternate route from each. * Know where the gas, electric, and water shutoffs are… Read More »

Are You and Your Neighbors Ready?

Since September 7, 2006, I have posted 117 blogs devoted to Emergency Preparedness. An additional 15 blogs, using different categories, were posted prior to that date. As I reviewed these earlier blogs, I discovered that I wouldn’t have to compose new ones in order to deliver the primary message of being “Ready and Prepared” for a major natural disaster, such as an earthquake in the Bay Area. This week’s blog will focus on “Are You and Your Neighbors Ready. (Originally… Read More »

Athletic Field Turf

Guest Blog by Jack Withington Some battles are fought in the air, others are fought at sea, and then there are battles fought on the gridiron. There is a non-military battle being waged by a group of concerned citizens who are trying to convince the Petaluma City Schools and members of the local Board of Education to use safe material on the new artificial turf athletic field being installed at Casa Grande High School. Plans call for the use of… Read More »

Are You Ready? Are You Prepared?

National Preparedness

National Preparedness Month has been held in September, annually, to encourage Americans to take the proper steps toward preparation for disasters in their homes, their neighborhoods, businesses, schools, and recreation areas. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security sponsors National Preparedness Month and distributes disaster preparedness information to all American communities. This blogger has been involved at the local community level with volunteer emergency and disaster initiatives since 2005. I hope to begin early this year by starting to post blogs… Read More »

Remembering Bill Soberanes – Lest We Forget

Last year, I recognized Bill’s death by indexing the “Remembering Bill Soberanes” blogs I have posted over the years I have known him. They’ve totaled 29 and are still available for viewing online. Just click on the link in the Categories column to the right of this blog. With today’s blog, I will be starting a different way to memorialize Bill Soberanes by sharing one of his Argus-Courier columns that tells the story of an early Petaluman who has contributed… Read More »

Lest We Forget – July 4, 1776 – 239 Years Ago

Although July 4th is the date we celebrate the adoption of our Declaration of Independence, the first public reading of the document did not take place until July 8th. in Philadelphia; that was also when the ringing of the Liberty Bell took place. Petalumans had an opportunity to ring its “Liberty Bell” (the former Korbel Lumber Company bell) at the 53rd. annual local 4th of July celebration last Saturday on the steps of the Historical Museum & Library, 4th and… Read More »

Will you be there on July 4th?

This blog was originally written for the PetalumaOnline community website under the heading: Our Cyberspace for July 2005. (It is just as relevant this year, as that year.) “It’s the 4th of July weekend and I’ve been searching my brain for an appropriate theme. My mind keeps coming back to how a few folks in Petaluma will celebrate the significance of the events of this day in 1776, and its relationship to our 21st Century world of telecommunications and computer… Read More »