Katie Eing, Newport Beach’s emergency services coordinator, stepped to the front and said, “In the event of the big earthquake, be prepared to take care of yourself for up to three days.”
If I had any doubt that it would be worthwhile to spend four Saturdays in training, she and Matt Brisbois, Community Emergency Response Team coordinator and veteran lifeguard, dispelled them right up front with a clear overview of Newport Beach geography and disaster scenarios.
So here are some of the top lessons I learned from CERT training:
The real estate mantra “location, location, location,” is true. In the event of an earthquake (highly likely), a tsunami (much less likely) or other disaster, where you live or work makes a difference. In a tsunami, the police would direct peninsula residents and beachgoers to head up Superior, Jamboree or MacArthur boulevards, three of the seven designated exit routes. Newport Coast or Corona del Mar Flower Street residents should stay put to keep traffic off evacuation routes.