Tuesday, June 15, 2010

How prepared are you for "THE BIG ONE?" A check list EVERYONE needs to have here in Earthquakeville

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Breaking News
By Randy Economy
June 15, 2010
12:53 a.m.

Cerritos, CA

Tonight we have had more than 4 dozen small earthquakes here in Southern California.  We live in "Earthquake Country" and the BIG one WILL hit us sooner or later.  It isn't a matter of "IF" we will have a major quake of 6.5 or more....but a matter of "WHEN."

So, if that in mind, I wanted to post this vital information from the good boys and girls over at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, also known as "FEMA."

Remember.  Be Prepared.  Don't be SCARED.  BE PREPARED!


Earthquakes strike suddenly, violently and without warning. Identifying potential hazards ahead of time and advance planning can reduce the dangers of serious injury or loss of life from an earthquake. Repairing deep plaster cracks in ceilings and foundations, anchoring overhead lighting fixtures to the ceiling, and following local seismic building standards, will help reduce the impact of earthquakes.

Six Ways to Plan Ahead
1.Check for Hazards in the Home
◦Fasten shelves securely to walls.
◦Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves.
◦Store breakable items such as bottled foods, glass, and china in low, closed cabinets with latches.
◦Hang heavy items such as pictures and mirrors away from beds, couches, and anywhere people sit.
◦Brace overhead light fixtures.
◦Repair defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections. These are potential fire risks.
Secure a water heater by strapping it to the wall studs and bolting it to the floor.
◦Repair any deep cracks in ceilings or foundations. Get expert advice if there are signs of structural defects.
◦Store weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products securely in closed cabinets with latches and on bottom shelves.

2.Identify Safe Places Indoors and Outdoors
◦Under sturdy furniture such as a heavy desk or table.
◦Against an inside wall.
◦Away from where glass could shatter around windows, mirrors, pictures, or where heavy bookcases or other heavy furniture could fall over.
◦In the open, away from buildings, trees, telephone and electrical lines, overpasses, or elevated expressways.

3.Educate Yourself and Family Members
◦Contact your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter for more information on earthquakes. Also read the "How-To Series" for information on how to protect your property from earthquakes.
◦Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1, police, or fire department and which radio station to tune to for emergency information.
◦Teach all family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water.

4.Have Disaster Supplies on Hand
◦Flashlight and extra batteries.
◦Portable battery-operated radio and extra batteries.
◦First aid kit and manual.
◦Emergency food and water.
◦Nonelectric can opener.
◦Essential medicines.
◦Cash and credit cards.
◦Sturdy shoes.

5.Develop an Emergency Communication Plan
◦In case family members are separated from one another during an earthquake (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school), develop a plan for reuniting after the disaster.
◦Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the "family contact." After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address, and phone number of the contact person.

6.Help Your Community Get Ready
◦Publish a special section in your local newspaper with emergency information on earthquakes. Localize the information by printing the phone numbers of local emergency services offices, the American Red Cross, and hospitals.
◦Conduct a week-long series on locating hazards in the home.
◦Work with local emergency services and American Red Cross officials to prepare special reports for people with mobility impairments on what to do during an earthquake.
◦Provide tips on conducting earthquake drills in the home.
◦Interview representatives of the gas, electric, and water companies about shutting off utilities.
◦Work together in your community to apply your knowledge to building codes, retrofitting programs, hazard hunts, and neighborhood and family emergency plans.
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Hews, Economy Featured on The Tim Conway Jr. Show on KFI Los Cerritos Community Newspaper Publisher Brian Hews and Reporter Randy Economy were featured on KFI AM 640 on the Tim Conway Jr. Show on Thursday, October 17 to discuss the arrest of Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez, Property Tax Agent Ramin Salari and Assessor Major Property Appraiser Mark McNeil on dozens of felony charges. The segment was broadcast live to millions of listeners throughout the Western United States. LCCN will post additional interviews by Mr. Hews and Mr. Economy in the future.

WATCH: LCCN, Randy Economy featured on Fox News

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Los Cerritos Community Newspaper’s exclusive groundbreaking coverage into the corruption probe at the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office is now the focal point of a multi part series that began airing Wednesday night on Fox News 11 in Southern California.

LCCN was the first media outlet to break the story about the massive criminal investigation that has now gripped the entire Los Angeles County Hall of Administration. “We thank Fox News for recognizing featuring Los Cerritos Community Newspaper in their coverage,” said Brian Hews, President and Publisher of Hews Media Group.

“LCCN has been working with dozens of media outlets across the country on this massive scandal for the past eight months,” Hews said.

Featured in this report is LCCN Investigative Reporter Randy Economy who tells about how the community newspaper was able to “piece the puzzle together” that has resulted in the arrest of one former property appraiser, and the recent departure of Assessor John Noguez on a “paid leave of absence.”

Look for more segments on Fox News 11 during the next several days and weeks. Reporter Gina Silva is featured in this segment.

Randy Economy appears on NBC News Non Stop California with Colleen Williams

Randy Economy appears on California Non Stop with Colleen Williams from NBC News. Randy Economy appeared on NBC New's Non Stop California in June, 2012. This is what NBC said about Randy and Los Cerritos Community Newspaper. "Los Cerritos Community Newspaper recently published hundreds of e-mails between Los Angeles County Assessor John R. Noguez and several property tax agents. The emails were obtained by the newspaper through a series of public document requests. This is the second set of documents published by the community newspaper that has been at the forefront of reporting and exposing the alleged pay to play activities between tax agents and Noguez for the past two years. Reporter Randy Economy joins Colleen Williams on Nonstop News LA to discuss how their investigation began on June 25, 2012.”

Hear Randy Economy on the David Cruz Show!

Reporter Randy Economy on The David Cruz Show during the week of June 25, 2012 on KTLK AM 1150 in Southern California. The segment begins at the 56:00 part in this clip and lasts for thirty minutes.

Randy Economy on CBS 2 News KCAL 9 with Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan

Los Cerritos Community Newspaper featured CBS News with Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan CBS/KCAL Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan interviews Randy Economy and Brian Hews from Los Cerritos Community Newspaper the day more than 300 law enforcement officials raided 12 different locations in the political scandal that is consuming Los Angeles County. Thanks CBS News for acknowledging the hard work of LCCN!