Earthquake Season?

Fall tends to be the time we think about earthquakes. The Bay Area seems to have lucked out with no recent natural disasters, but let’s not be greedy. Be sure to store in your home or garage at least 1 gallon of water per household member per day in large containers labeled with date. Canned goods and other non-perishable foods should be readily available. Consider having a hand-cranked radio and flashlights with extra batteries on hand. These, among many other household supplies for natural disasters can be obtained at the Disaster Supply Center (formerly Earthquake Supply Center) on Kerner Blvd. in San Rafael. I also suggest keeping a supply of cash and important household papers easily accessible. I have mine stored in a plastic zipper case. It’s a good idea to keep an emergency earthquake kit in each car (these are also available at the Disaster Supply Center). Click here to download an Emergency Supply List.

It’s crucial to have a family emergency plan – make sure your children and family members know of a central meeting spot in case they don’t live with you. Designate an out-of-state friend or relative to be the person everyone contacts to report their whereabouts. Also wise to have an emergency plan for your pets. Better safe than sorry!

Grab and Go Checklist

Katie Jarman's Resources Grab and Go Checklist

If you ever had to evacuate your home quickly, what would you need to grab? READY MARIN, Marin County’s source for emergency preparedness, offers invaluable tips on their website about how to prepare in advance for unexpected emergencies. Click HERE to for a printable, downloadable checklist of items to have on hand in the event of an evacuation.

Emergency Water Supply

Katie Jarman's Resources - Emergency Water Supply

Every household should have an emergency water supply for everyone in their home. Three gallons per person should be enough to cover 3 days.  Keep an extra gallon or two for your pets too.  It’s okay to store water in plastic soda bottles as long as you sterilized them with a little household bleach (no more than 8 drops per gallon should do it).  It’s important to store them in a cool, dark place. Be sure to label each one with the date, and replace every 6 months (you can use the old water in your garden or for other household uses.

In the event of a natural disaster, you will be glad you did this!

Note: The Earthquake Supply Center in San Rafael has larger water storage bins that keep water safe for drinking for up to 5 years. Also, Goodman Building Supply in Mill Valley has a good selection of emergency supplies.

 

Catch The Wave!

Blue Wave is a new, eco-friendly (recycled water, biodegradable soaps and waxes) drive-through carwash located on Francisco Blvd. East in San Rafael. It’s fast, inexpensive and really fun! In less than two minutes, your car will be squeaky clean… then drive it over to the do-it-yourself vacuum bays to clean up your floors and mats. Be careful not to leave any cash or valuables around; the vacuums have uber suction power!  Helpful hint: As of now, towels aren’t available to catch those extra drips, so be sure to bring your own. Click here to find out more about this innovative new business.

Problems With Mosquitos or Other Pests?

The Mosquito and Vector Control Department is a FREE service of Marin and Sonoma Counties.  They will come to your home and remove yellow jacket nests in the ground for free and advise you on how to control rats or mice.  They also deal with mosquitos, ticks and all kinds of pests. Their website contains a wealth of information, including several downloadable brochures.  Very knowledgeable folks and I’ve called them often.  (800) 231-3236.

 

 

Home Insurance Check Up

I recently attended a seminar on insurance and coverage from an agent who has handled claims from the 2017 fires and mud slides.  In Marin County $300 per square foot to rebuild is very low.  Most insurance agents think $500+ is more accurate.  I recommend checking your policy.

It’s a good idea to photograph all of your personal property.  Open your drawers and photograph the contents.  Photograph your appliances, decks, railings, garage, attic, etc.  Be as thorough as possible.  Should you ever need to file a claim, your efforts to document your personal property will prove invaluable.

Upload your photos to the cloud or store them in your bank safe deposit box.

Getting Rid of Junk?

Downsizing? Spring cleaning? Time to get rid of the extra stuff that is weighing you down?  I like to support businesses who give back to the community.  Think Pink & Green Junk Removal and Hauling does just that.  They donate a portion of their profits to Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Get rid of yard waste, old appliances, mattresses, tires, estate clean out, etc.  5 star YELP rating!  Affordable too.  Open 7 days a week.  Try calling Steve or Dominic at 415-320-4987.  You can also schedule a pickup on their website.

 

Did You Know? … Unusual Items For Your Dishwasher

Who would have thought you could wash baseball caps in a dishwasher? Well, apparently you can, if you put them in the top rack with little or no soap. Other dishwasher safe items include flip flops and rubber boots, household tools, tweezers and nail clippers, BBQ grills if they fit, house keys, sponges, small toys, contact lens cases, cup holders from the car… the list goes on. NOTE: Dishwasher should be empty (except for the items) and very clean. Run with hot water and a small amount of soap to clean it first. Be sure to clean out the filter first.

For more ideas and details, click HERE.