CARe News

When the South Napa Fault ruptured last summer and shook the historic city of Napa, the earthquake hit the oldest buildings with the heaviest damage, a new review by seismologists reveals.

Immediately after the Aug. 24 quake, teams of structural engineers from throughout the Bay Area checked every building in the city for signs of damage. They tagged all the unsafe structures with warning signs. Red tags on 165 buildings signaled they were the most damaged and no one could enter. Yellow tags were placed on 1,707 buildings that were less damaged but restricted until deemed safe.

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Earthquakes are unexpected, terrifying and can hit at any time, causing major destruction and even death. More than 1.3 million earthquakes of varying magnitudes rattle our world each year destroying homes and changing the landscape of cities around the world. 

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Did you know that San Diego has a 2-1-1 service? What is a 2-1-1 service? Here's what they say on their website:

2-1-1 San Diego is a resource and information hub that connects people with community, health and disaster services through a free, 24/7 stigma-free confidential phone service and searchable online database. 2-1-1 serves the entire population of the County. 

In Times of Disaster

During a disaster, 2-1-1 works with the County of San Diego's Office of Emergency Services to provide public information to the community, rumor control and trend analysis to County officials, report community needs that are not being met, and act as the central communications point for other community agencies and non-governmental organizations.

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And check out this fun video they put together:


On Sunday, March 8 watch Dateline's special about Escaping the Cedar Fire.

"Featuring powerful first-hand stories of survival and recovery from ordinary people who faced extraordinary circumstances. The special series highlights inspirational people who are rebuilding their lives after miraculously surviving three of the most devastating disasters in modern history; the Costa Concordia shipwreck, the Cedar Fire, and the Indian Ocean tsunami."

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If you having been following our posts on the engineering reports on the Hurricane Sandy claims, you know that homeowners had coverage wrongfully denied and both FEMA and the courts are calling for transparency and an evaluation of draft engineering reports. 

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Inspirational Quotes

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow.

Mary Anne Radmacher


During this season of Thanksgiving, I want to say (again) how thankful we were for the CARe organization in our season of distress..

Witch Creek Fire Survivor, 2007