Emergency Information

This page will evolve over time to include more information about what Andalusia residents can and should do during times of emergency. The recent (March 2011) massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan should be a "wake up call" for all of us living here in Fremont near the Hayward Fault.

Here are the links to the local Fremont public safety, fire and police organizations - click on any of them to be taken directly to their site.

Public Safety - this includes flooding, hazardous materials, traffic signals, tree hazards, road potholes, and fire hydrants. Fill out the online form, or call the Non-Emergency Hotline at 510-790-6800.

Fire Department - Call 9-1-1 to report a fire.

Police - Call 510-791-4200 to be connected directly to the Fremont Police.


In case you need to shut off your building's water due to an emergency washing machine or toilet flooding problem, please read and learn these shut-off instructions. For non-emergency repairs or changes, please refer to the "Water Shut-off Notice" in the "HOA Forms" section of the website.


The Red Cross has published some information about what to do in case of an earthquake. Please go to their Family Preparedness Web site for details. Here are one-page Red Cross summaries of Earthquake Safety and Fire Safety recommendations.

Also, Northwest Cable News (web site) has put together two interactive quizzes on earthquake preparedness ("How Prepared Are You For An Earthquake?") and what to do during an earthquake ("Do You Know What To Do During An Earthquake?") - take them both and be prepared!

In addition, the US Geological Survey (USGS) has recently published an excellent resource on earthquakes in commemoration of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. To view "Putting Down Roots In Earthquake Country" online, please click here.

To download a .pdf of this publication, please click here.


We all need to develop our own Family Emergency Plan for dealing with emergencies, since each of our families have different needs. Then, depending on how many people are in our households, we need to build up sufficient reserves of food, water, medications and first-aid supplies, blankets, candles, batteries, and so forth.

ReadyNation web site has several resources to help you plan for emergencies. As a free member, you can learn how to "Prepare Your Home" with the online disaster planning tool. Premium Members ($29.95 per year) can get access to the "Family Emergency Plan". This can help you write your own plan, with specific information for your family, such as where to meet and who to contact.

There is now an LDS Emergency Resources Facebook page where you can order many different kinds of food and emergency kits, as well as a web site.

Specific resources are identified in the following sections.


a. HeaterMeals

All HeaterMeals packages come with pre-cooked food, seasonings, napkin or moist towelette, and fork. Unique heating system consists of a flameless, biodegradeable heater and small pouch of water to activate heater.

No refrigeration needed, with long shelf life (between 1 and 3 years, depending on meal). Literally heats itself in about 10 minutes - a hot, delicious meal, anytime or anywhere.

HeaterMeals - Complete meal package with 3/4-pound entree for about $4 each. Choose from 7 entrees: 6 lunch/dinner and 1 breakfast. 2-year shelf life for entrees, 1 year for breakfasts.

HeaterMeals Plus - Complete meal package (3/4-pound entree, with snacks, dessert, and bottled water) for about $6 each. Choose from 8 lunch/dinner meals, 2 breakfasts. 1-year shelf life for both entrees and breakfasts.

HeaterMeals 3 (3-year shelf life) - 5 entrees similar to HeaterMeals, plus fruit, candy and drink mix for about $6.

Call 800-503-4483, or go to the HeaterMeals Web site.

b. Red Cross Food Packs

Red Cross "Ready-To-Go" Emergency Preparedness Pack - The Red Cross has recently announced this pack that has food and water in it, along with first aid supplies, radio, flashlight, blanket, breathing mask and poncho. The cost is $39.95 from their Web site.


Emergency Supplies Kit (Home or Car) - It is generally recommended that you have some basic supplies to take care of you and your family for at least the first 3 days (or as much as 7 days) after a disaster happens. Here are some suggestions about what to include in this kit:
  • first aid kit, incl. medications
  • water (3 gallons/person)
  • food: canned (with opener), HeaterMeals/MREs, snack bars, beef jerky, nuts, dried fruits
  • battery-powered radio with extra batteries (or solar powered or hand-cranked radio)
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • protective (warm) clothing, incl. rainwear, sturdy shoes, gloves
  • bedding or sleeping bags
  • cash, credit cards

Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Kits - If you don't want to make your own kits, you might consider the emergency preparedness kits offered by the Red Cross. They are available in 1-, 2-, 4-, 10- and 20-person kits, ranging from $39 to $269 on their Web site.

There is also a local (Pleasanton CA) resource called (Web site). As their name suggests, they have a wide variety of ready-made emergency kits similar to what the Red Cross offers.

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