Archive for the ‘Emergency’ Category

Chevron Richmond Refinery Fire

Fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond started at about 6:30 PM.

Shelter in place! A level 3 health warning.

I took the photo with the Live Cams Pro App on my iPad.

…as seen over the hills.

Missing [NOW FOUND] since May 21 on way to Santa Cruz



David McAllister


Happily, as is the case with most missing 21 year old men, David is now home with his mother safe and sound, having merely suffered from a huge lapse in judgement (a common affliction with 21 year old boys).  His mother Debbie thanks everyone in the community from the bottom of her heart for reaching out to her with thoughts, prayers, and offers of help.  We at Metblogs are quite relieved to know this is no longer a missing persons case, and would like to remind all young men and women out there that being an adult sometimes means you still need to check in with your parents.


David Logan McAllister was last seen on Monday, May 21st at 5pm in Santa Clara, heading over to Santa Cruz to an unspecified beach. He called another friend at 9:42pm to say he was driving over to Santa Cruz.  He drives a black 2007 Ford Fusion, license plate [redacted].  Verizon is reporting no outbound calls or texts from his phone since May 21, however someone accessed the web on his iPhone May 24  at 1:37am

I have known David’s mother for most of my life, and have known David to be an outstanding young man who loves his family, and enjoys telling stories of the time he spends with his grandmother. I find it highly unlikely that he has left on his own without contacting anyone.

If you are in the Santa Cruz area or anywhere in between SC and San Jose, please be on the look out for his abandoned black Ford Fusion or David himself.  Missing Person reports have been filed with the SJPD and SCPD, but missing 21 year old males do not have highest priority.  We need the public to help find him.  Detective Alfonso Rodriguez [redacted] has now been assigned to the case. Please call if you have any information.


David is 6 feet tall, and 185 pounds, Dark Brown Hair, Blue eyes. He drives a black 2007 Ford Fusion, license plate [redacted]. I have never seen him without a smile and a helping hand for anyone who needs it.



David McAllister and his mother, Debbie

National Alert to be Broadcasted in San Jose

Wednesday – November 10 at 11am: Don’t ya panic if you are driving around Silicon Valley listening to KQED (88.5), Oldies (103.7), or home watching “The Young And The Restless” on CBS 5 and the programming is interrupted.

This will be the first ever nation wide test of the Emergency Alert System conducted by the FCC and FEMA. We are told that the test should last approximately three-and-a-half-minutes or 30 seconds (?). The test will be seen on all local cable and satellite TV stations, and heard on the radio as well. Officials want to make sure that if a national alert is ever needed the system will work as planned.

If you have Xfinity and the test lasts for more than five minutes, please do not call the doctor.

* Power-cycle your cable box by unplugging the power cord from the outlet.
* Wait thirty seconds and then plug it back in.

Note: DVR recordings during the test will be interrupted and may even be lost.

San Jose Fire Department Open House Oct 9 & 17

Select San Jose Fire Department stations will have open house on October 9 and 17, 2010 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

These open houses are an opportunity for the public to meet their local firefighters, to ask questions and pick up educational materials. The San Jose Fire Department not only provides information on fire safety, they provide information covering other emergencies along with child safety. Kids will receive stickers and can have their picture taken next to a fire engine.

This is a rare opportunity to interact with the fire department as budget cuts have eliminated some community outreach activities including station tours, along with fire safety and prevention presentations.

If you are unable to attend or are interested in addition education materials, you will find these online here. Information includes Child Car Seat Safety, Senior Fire and Fall Prevention, Senior Earthquake Preparedness, various Emergency Safety Tips (power outage, earthquake, etc.), Fire Safety – how to get your family safely out of the house in case of a fire, information about the installation and care of Smoke Detectors, Safe Surrender Baby Law, and other important information.

Visit your local fire station on the date indicated (some stations open both days):

October 9, 2010 –

98 Martha Street, 95112
800 Emory Street, 95126
3410 Ross Avenue, 95124
1201 San Tomas Aquino Road, 95117
2001 South King Road, 95122
4430 South Monterey Road, 95111
6461 Bose Lane, 95120
1771 Via Cinco de Mayo, 95132
1525 Wilson Way, 95002
3100 Ruby Avenue, 95135

October 17, 2010 –

1386 Cherry Avenue, 95125
800 Emory Street, 95126
1248 Blaney Avenue, 95129
2001 South King Road, 95122
5170 Coniston Way, 95118
1771 Via Cinco de Mayo, 95132
1525 Wilson Way, 95002
454 Auzerais, 95126
3100 Ruby Avenue, 95135
135 Poughkeepsie Road, 95123

Tsunami May Reach the Santa Cruz Harbor

The weather service is warning that a Tsunami, caused by the 8.8 earthquake in Chile, may reach the California coast

Special Weather Statement

The Santa Cruz Harbor Patrol has put up notices advising boat owners of the high tide.

People are asked to stay away from beaches and shorelines.

Surfing is not advised.

The advisory includes the Bay Area counties:

San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Marin, Monterey, Contra Costa, Napa, Sonoma, Santa Clara, and Alameda.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

Santa Cruz National Weather Service

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