March 22, 2012
"Big Jack", as he was so affectionately referred to, was the visionary that developed the master plan for what started out as "Rancho California" and subsequently has been transformed into what is now the beautiful "Temecula Valley" we all love today. As a real estate broker, manufactured home dealer, general & manufactured home contractor, developer, investor and property manager who knows how to develop and build things, organize and delegate manpower and expedite and facilitate large scale projects and operations I felt it my responsibility some 25 years ago to reach out to my fellow man and lend a helping hand in times of crisis.
There comes a time when we just need to take a moment to appreciate & reflect on just how lucky we are. Most if no folks have never had to experience the trauma, disaster, loss of life & limb, terror, chaos and misery associated with the ravages of natural disasters i.e. floods, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes & earthquakes. I am keenly interested in disaster preparedness and would be happy to get involved with this group. Feel free to peruse any/all of my posts on this subject. http://www.trulia.com/blog/onthelevelcontractors/2010/09/september_is_disaster_preparedness_month_are_you_prepared.
Our disaster response crews are not first responders because those are the folks that search for survivors and save lives or try to recover those less fortunate. That takes trained personnel with honed skills and lay persons only tend to exacerbate the situation. After a series of pretty catastrophic seismic events in Southern California in the 80’s I made a decision that I would do whatever I possibly could in times of crisis to help others. Once the search, rescue and recovery phase of the mission was over they (FEMA, local, state and federal OFFICES OF EMERGENCY SERVICES (OES), INSURANCE COMPANIES etc.) would then call upon folks like us to begin the grueling task of clearing and removing the rubble, demolishing and removing damaged and destroyed structures, site preparation and eventually the rebuilding process of their respective communities. In our case “community” meant “trailer parks”, “mobilehome parks”, “manufactured home developments”, etc.
I really love America but most of all I really love Americans. My advice to my family, friends, neighbors and fellow Americans is get and stay prepared. Because if, God forbid, disaster should ever strike your neighborhood and you are not prepared you may be one of those faces being seen by folks snuggled up to their TV’s watching you suffer and scramble for food, water, blankets and medical supplies. The following are excerpts from a series of blog posts that can be seen on one of my blogs. I am keenly interested in disaster preparedness and would be happy to get involved with this group. Feel free to peruse any/all of my posts on this subject. http://www.trulia.com/blog/onthelevelcontractors/2010/09/september_is_disaster_preparedness_month_are_you_prepared.
Take the time to plan and prepare for any potential disaster. We must learn to be self-sufficient for at least one week and that's only if you don't have emergency medical needs. If you're not prepared you become a liability to your neighbors and a strain to first responders and a drain on our civic services and others folks trying to help you. The following links are local and national Emergency Response services and First Responders. Take a little time to familiarize yourself with the local and national agencies in your geographical spheres of influence should you ever have a need for them. http://www.abag.ca.gov/bayarea/eqmaps/links.html http://www.redcross.org/ http://www.fema.gov/assistance/index.shtm http://www.oes.ca.gov/ Remember that immediately following a disaster these local services soon become inundated with emergency response and then regrettably things turn into pandemonium and it becomes a panic driven free for all.
We live in North San Diego, however, we are current stakeholders in Temecula. My wife, Janis', Father, Jack Caldwell, former President of Macco, was the original purchaser of the Vail Ranch in the 60's.