So this the past couple of weeks, there has been quite a bit of earthquake activity in the Bay Area, three quakes I might add, all between 3.6-4.0. Last Thursday, October 20th, there was a quake at 2:41pm and then a second one at 8:16pm. The one that occurred this morning was recorded as 3.6 from Berkeley, just like the rest. Hello Hayward fault, how are you this morning. Well we at ColeValleySF want to brush up on our readiness for the next one, whether it be big or small. So thanks to FEMA's website we've listed some helpful tips about being prepared before, during and after and earthquake.
Before An Earthquake
- Check your house to see where the hazards are such as heavy objects that could fall off selves, breakable items (such as mirrors, glass, pictures, lamps), and overhead fixtures.
- Make sure to repair any electrical or gas issues immediately because these can lead to fires!
- Find places in your home that can protected during an earthquake: under sturdy furniture, against an inside wall, away from where glass could shatter (windows, mirrors)
- If outside, find a place away from buildings, trees, electrical wiring (might be tricky if you're in the city but try).
- Many don't realize how important these supplies will be in an event of an earthquake, so go to the store and get these supplies because it could save your life!
- flashlight and batteries, a great idea is to get a flashlight that is manually operated with a crank
- portable battery or crank operated radio
- first aid kit and manual
- emergency food and water (get those cans of lentils, power bars, and cases of water bottles)
- can opener
- essential medicines if applicable
- cash and credit cards (always have a supply of cash, at least $100, ATM machines might not be working)
- sturdy shoes (hiking shoes, sneakers, etc)
Emergency Communication Plan
- Sometimes family members/housemates are separated during an earthquake (at school, work, etc). Develop a plan to get in touch with them for you can meet up after the disaster.
- Have an out-of-state relative or friend that will be the 'family contact' so everyone can call them to check in with each other if necessary.
- Check out our Local Emergency Contacts on our Living Here > Essentials page.
- Maybe we can have a neighborhood earthquake evacuation section?
During an Earthquake
Stay where you are during an earthquake; it becomes more dangerous when you start moving.
- DROP to the ground, take COVER, and HOLD ON to something sturdy.
- Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors
- If in bed, stay there until the shaking stops. Cover your head with a pillow and move away from heavy wall hangings if applicable.
- Use a doorway for shelter only if its' in close proximity
- Stay inside until shaking stops
- DO NOT use the elevators, stairs only!!
- Stay there, move away from buildings, streetlights, utility wires.
If in a moving vehicle
- Stop as quickly and safely as possible
- Stay in vehicle
- Avoid stopping near or under buildings
- Once shaking has stopped, avoid roads, bridges or ramps that might have been damaged during the quake.
If trapped under debris
- DO NOT light a match.
- DO NOT move about or kick up dust
- Cover your mouth and tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you
- DO NOT shout, because you could inhale a dangerous amount of dust
After an Earthquake
Expect aftershocks: While these are usually less violent, they can add additional damage and can occur anytime
Listen to radio or television: Listen for latest emergency information (Twitter could be used as an option as well)
Use telephones only for emergency calls.
Open cabinets and drawers cautiously, stay away from damaged areas if applicable.
Be aware of possible tsunamis: These are known as seismic sea waves. (Hear those horns and announcements in SF< those are emergency tests)
Help injured or trapped persons.
Inspect utilities and the entire length of chimneys for damage.
Alright, well that's how we prepare before, during and after for future earthquakes. If you have any questions or comments feel free to ask, and spread the word about this important information on Twitter @colevalleysf, #colevalley #earthquake.
Adapted from FEMA's website: http://www.fema.gov/hazard/earthquake/eq_after.shtm
So many of you have probably seen the endless construction on Cole and Frederick for the upcoming Ice Cream Bar and Soda Fountain. While owner Juliet Pries said in an article of SF Eater that the shop would be open mid-October, CV residents and the ColeValleySF team, are indeed ogling and awaiting opening day! Who doesn't want to take a Back to The Future delorean and gorge on delicious homemade ice cream in Pries' 1930s style soda fountain? Case closed then. The SF Eater article stated that the upcoming store will have 10-12 organic flavors and seasonal ice creams all made in house! Pries even mentioned ice cream cake by the slice?! Wow, if your month isn't watering already, goodness it better be now! She also said she'll have vegan options, lucky for you guys! So when will this amazing-sounding store finally open to the public? Well we at ColeValleySF can't tell you that but what we can tell you is that we're super excited to welcome a new addition to our great neighborhood and we're sure it will be a huge success!! Ok, so we have a favor for all you CV folks and followers, do you have any dish on the up and coming Ice Cream Bar? If you have anything, a photo or more information about when it might be opening officially let us know. Mention us on Twitter with your info or sent us a message on our website. We want the dish and We're sure everyone else wants to know too!
To read the SF Eater article, check 'em out:
ColeValleySF's October 2011 Spotlight of the Month
"There Are No Strangers Here, Just Friends We Haven't Met!"
If you have ever walked along Cole Street on a beautiful sunny, or not so sunny afternoon, we're guessing you probably have stumbled upon the famed Cole Hardware. It's your go-to local hardware store that pretty much has everything you can possibly imagine and then some.
First established in 1920 as Cole Street Hardware and later purchased in 1959 by Dave Karp, Cole Hardware soon transformed into becoming an iconic symbol of San Francisco. As years progressed and expansion seemed like a great idea, Cole Hardware spread to four additional locations throughout the city.
Eventually Rick Karp, son of Dave Karp, took the business over and continued to strive for its' community-focused mission ( "Our commitment to you. Your satisfaction guaranteed. Period."). Rick is a 2nd generation San Franciscan and grew up in the Haight-Ashbury area. While many see him simply as the current President of Cole Hardware, he decided to give himself a more individualized title, "The Keeper of the Karma." Well, the karma of Cole Hardware is good, really good. Rick is always making it the best place to work and the best place for the community. Rick calls it, "whatever it takes for positive dinner conversation," or basically anyway to bring the mission of the company to the people. Cole Hardware is all about, "giving back to the community, having a local mission and caring about the customers and employees."
Along with maintaining its' mission, the company also strives for environmental excellence. Rick stated that Cole Hardware was one of the first businesses to receive its' green certification, so it definitely has a 'green thing' going. While the company is deeply committed to environmental sustainability
, The Keeper of the Karma says that it is also about educating the public on green issues and buying green products; all stores have a green section with sustainable alternatives for every day household items.
So they got your green products, your every day tools and your household items but did you know that Cole Hardware has a large selection of planting tools and live plants?! That's right folks, the hardware store has an extensive greenhouse in the back. Lucky for us, the Cole Street store has the largest selection (since 1984); other stores have plants near the front door. The green house has an array of live plants, seeds, bird feeders, pots and so much more, you really just need to go there and see for yourself!
Want to know another secret of Cole Hardware? Okay, guess we'll tell you. Cole Hardware has a very vibrant and active home repair service, Re-Cole-Mend
. Rick says it offers the, "golden handshake of customer service." What's great about the service is that it's like a huge local resource to find a repair-person for practically anything you need fixing, from drywall projects to paint jobs and beyond! Be sure to check out the company's Re-Cole-Mend
for a repair-person for your next or current repair job!
While the other stores are unique and great in their own right, we wanted to focus on the Cole Valley neighborhood, so we gave Rick a very difficult question: What aspect of Cole Valley do you like? "The diversity of the people...people with different passions, perspectives, cultures and religions. It hasn't become yuppified or gentrified" like other neighborhoods in San Francisco. "Businesses are the fabric of the community," asserted Rick. Businesses are indeed the fabric of the community, and we, the Cole Valley residents, are so lucky to live in such an amazingly diverse neighborhoods with businesses that strive to stay local and community-focused. Cole Hardware, you are truly a gem of our community, don't ever change!
To find a Cole Hardware location near you:Cole Fox
: 70 4th Street
Weekdays 8-7:30pm, Weekends 9-5:30pmCole Street
: 956 Cole Street
Weekdays 7-7:30pm, Weekends 8-7pmPolk Street
: 2254 Polk Street
Weekdays 8-8pm, Weekends 9-7pmMission Street
: 3312 Mission Street
Weekdays 7-7:30pm, Weekends 8-7pm Watch some awesome videos on Cole Hardware stores' Yelp pages!