Office of Emergency Services to host weekly web chats for Disaster Preparedness Month


September is Disaster Preparedness Month.

KGET is teaming up with the Office of Emergency Services to host weekly web chats, covering all you need to know to be informed and prepared.

This weeks topic is “Risks and Preventions” when it comes to earthquakes, floods and fires.

“It’s important people know how to protect themselves, protect their families from these natural disasters that we know are going to happen,” Cal State Bakersfield professor of geology Anthony Rathburn said.

Rathburn will talk about the inevitable earthquake risks that come with living in California.

“In California, earthquakes are happening all the time,” Rathburn said. “Some of them are happening at a level that we can’t really feel or appreciate, but they are going to happen. We are in a fault-prone zone. We have a history of earthquakes, they will happen.”

Director of Kern County Public Works Craig Pope will cover the risk of flooding in Kern County and what you can do to be prepared.

Pope said major flooding happens somewhere in the county roughly every five years.

“We are in a bowl, surrounded by mountains and when a cloud sit on those mountains and rains, it comes down out of the hills and onto us,” Pope said. “It’s not the rain that fall directly on us, it the water that comes out of the mountains.”

The Kern County Fire Department will join the conversation covering protective measures you can take to help prevent house fires and wildfires.

“I say during wildland fires, if there’s smoke in the air it’s already too late, you need to be informed now,” Chief Brian Marshall said. 

The web chats will be held every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. on our KGET Facebook page and our website.

If you can’t watch the LIVE chat, they will be posted on our KGET website.

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