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Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Response

The MSIC is working with local Montclair Organized Neighborhood (MON) groups and the Oakland Communities of Oakland Respond to Emergencies (CORE) program in order to establish emergency preparedness knowledge and disaster response expertise within the Montclair community. It is currently focusing on being prepared for and responding to:

  • Fires
  • Earthquakes
  • Mudslides
  • Other natural or man-made disasters

Cypress overpass in Oakland, CA, after earthquake 1989.

Cypress overpass in Oakland, CA, after earthquake 1989.

A probable (and grim) scenario in the event of a major earthquake on the nearby Hayward Fault (which runs nearly under our Montclair Village) can be found in this Oakland CORE I Training Manual excerpt.

Reasons to be knowledgeable and prepared for a major disaster are numerous, and include:

  • Most experts agree that residents in the Oakland Hills may need to be self-sufficient for 7 or more days--no water, no gas, no City services, etc.
  • Neighbors may need to assist neighbors with search and rescue, first aid, on-going medical care, etc.
  • In the event of damaged structures, water and gas lines may need to be quickly turned off to prevent further damage or wildfire.
  • Wildfires may necessitate quick evacuations, and neighbors may need to assist those who have mobility challenges. Potential evacuation routes should be planned for in advance.
  • Normal cell and landline phone service may not be working, and alternate methods of communication such as 2-way radios will need to be utilized.

The MSIC’s objectives for emergency preparedness are to:

  • Help neighborhood groups in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from wildfires, earthquakes, mudslides or other disasters in the Montclair area.
  • Help neighborhood groups in the Montclair area have as many residents as possible trained in CORE (up to the CORE III level).
  • Help neighborhood groups build and manage their Neighborhood Incident Command Center (NICC)--a central neighborhood gathering place stocked with emergency and first aid supplies.
  • Help with establishing and testing Montclair area emergency communication plans, including using 2-way radios and other means of communicating during a disaster. Develop radio communications plans and procedures in conjunction with CORE/OES.
  • Organize and promote emergency exercises in the Montclair area in conjunction with the annual CORE Citywide Disaster Exercise.
  • Provide information related to emergency preparedness and disaster planning, such as guides on home retrofitting, gas shut-off valves, emergency power generation, etc.

A brochure that outlines why and how to organize for emergency preparedness (or any other area of concern) is available. Please feel free to distribute this to your neighbors if you are wanting to organize, or to any other friends or acquaintances in the Montclair area. The more MONs that are created and CORE trained, the more we will all benefit by being prepared and self-sufficient.

Neighborhood CORE Team During an Emergency Exercise

Neighborhood CORE Team During the Citywide Disaster Exercise


For more information on how you can begin to organize your neighborhood, and how you can better prepare for an emergency, please contact the MSIC Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response Team chair. MSIC representatives can come to your neighborhood meetings to present their ideas and tips for success. We are here to help you in any way possible, so that you can be better able to assist yourself and your neighbors in the event of a disaster. It's all about neighbors helping neighbors!