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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena officials are urging city residents to take a minute on Thursday to prepare themselves and their loved ones for the inevitable: a large, damaging earthquake in California that seismologists have long warned is overdue.The third Thursday of October is traditionally the day of The Great ShakeOut statewide earthquake drill.But this year’s event is expected to take on a decidedly different tone, as many throughout Pasadena and elsewhere continue working or attending school from home. While formally scheduled for 10:15 a.m., participants are encouraged to take part whenever their schedule permits.“In the past, school-age children have been asked to drop cover, hold on for The Great shakeout at school. Now they’re at home. So we don’t want that to be a reason why they do not do it,” city spokesperson Lisa Derderian said. “We really want to reinforce the message that because they’re home, it’s a good opportunity to talk as a family and communicate as a family on what to do during an earthquake.”It’s an excellent time to review “drop, cover and hold on,” as well as forming family emergency plans, identifying potential hazards, and restocking emergency kits.“We don’t want people hoarding, but we need you to have extra supplies on hand for the large earthquake where the infrastructure could be affected. …We don’t want to scare you, we want to prepare you,” Derderian said.“In the last six months, we’ve experienced COVID, wildfires in our own backyard, the worst air quality in years, and the (4.5 magnitude) earthquake a few weeks ago,” she said. “So Mother Nature doesn’t care that we’re the middle of a pandemic.”Practicing earthquake drills helps instill the procedures in memory, so they can be performed without thinking during or in the wake of a disaster, such as a massive earthquake, according to Margaret Vinci, who serves as manager of the Office of Earthquake Programs at Caltech and is a regional ShakerAlert coordinator, a volunteer with the Pasadena Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, and a coordinator of Pasadena’s “Map Your Neighborhood” emergency response program. She was involved in the committee that first created The Great ShakeOut in 2008.Since the drill coincides with the pandemic, “This is an opportunity for people that usually work and do their drills at work to actually drill at home. And to bring in the other members of your household — your children, your family — to drill with them as well,” Vinci said.It’s not just about going through the motions, she added. “It’s for everybody to stop what they’re doing to then think about what would happen if you were to get a Shake Alert early warning, or to feel shaking.”“The more they practice, the more their body will intuitively get them into a safe place, so even with two seconds of warning, or if they feel the shaking, if they know where that safe place is, they can get there within a second,” Vinci said.The Great ShakeOut will likely look a little different this year for workplaces, as well, with social distancing precautions now part of the equation, she said.“You want to make sure that you protect yourself from COVID if you’re doing a drill with other people. If you’re doing a drill in the office or with other people, you want to make sure that you practice your COVID practices,” said Vinci.“So if you can, try to social distance,” she added. “Also, make sure that you have your mask, so that after that shaking, when you get out from under your safe place, you’ve got your mask, you’ve got your sanitizer, because there may be no water.”In addition to taking part in The Great Shakeout, city officials urged Pasadenans to join in the Pasadena Fire Department’s Map Your Neighborhood program, designed to help neighbors help each other in the critical first hour following a disaster.Perry Helm, a former Pasadena Fire Department Disaster Advisory Council Member, remains active in the Map Your Neighborhood program. He said he was in the midst of working to organize blocks in the Hastings Ranch and Orange Heights neighborhoods.“The whole idea behind it is a disaster preparation program that is designed to help people have a plan for the first hour after the earthquake hits. So, in other words: What do you do?” he said.Neighbors are encouraged to meet with one another, largely taking place online due to the pandemic, to get to know each other, as well as hazards and resources that would be important to know about in the aftermath of a catastrophe, earthquake or otherwise.Residents are urged to take note of where vulnerable neighbors live, which homes have pets, and where utility shut off valves are located, organizers said.“Who has first aid training? Who’s a nurse? Who has a fire extinguisher? Who has a generator?” Helm said. “You’re gathering information about your neighbors as far as what tools they have and what skills they have. And so you can put that to best use to protect your neighborhood.”The city also maintains a volunteer Community Emergency Response Team, with regular training sessions held throughout the year. But training has been put on hold due to the pandemic as officials consider when and how to proceed, according to Vinci.More information on the Map Your Neighborhood program, as well as downloadable materials, including brochures and videos, is available online at cityofpasadena.net/fire/community-programs/map-your-neighborhood.Police, fire, and city officials are planning an online disaster preparedness forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday via Zoom, officials said.The forum can be accessed at us02web.zoom.us/j/85911546912, using Meeting ID 859 11546912, or by phone by calling (669) 900-6833.More information about The Great ShakeOut is available online at shakeout.org/california.See also:Pasadena Hosts Disaster Preparedness Forum in Conjunction With Great ShakeoutDisaster Preparedness Urged in Pasadena Ahead of Statewide Earthquake Drill4.5 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Pasadena, No Significant Damage Reported Community News Your email address will not be published. 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in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Sign up for DS News Daily Home / Daily Dose / FHA Raises Single-Family Loan Limits Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced higher loan limits for 2021. The guidelines apply to the administration’s Single Family Title II forward and Home Equity Conversion (reverse) Mortgage insurance programs.The rise in loan limits correlates with nationwide home price appreciation in 2020, according to a press release from FHA, which factors property prices when determining annual limits. The administration outlines the specifics in a Mortgagee Letter on 2021 Forward Mortgage Limits as well as a Mortgagee Letter on 2021 Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) Limits.).The new loan limits are effective for FHA loans assigned on or after January 1, 2021.The National Housing Act requires FHA to set single-family forward loan limits at 115% of median home prices, regionally, explains FHA.Via press release, FHA Commissioner Dana Wade commented on the 2021 loan limits.”FHA has seen consistent increases in loan limits during the past few years, putting it in a position to serve a segment of borrowers that may be better served by the conventional market. FHA’s mission is to support low-to-moderate income borrowers, so why does the law permit FHA to insure mortgages up to $822,375? This is a question for Congress and the taxpayers who stand behind FHA to answer.”The announcement comes on the heels of FHFA’s loan limit increase, published last week.The FHFA’s limits dictate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lending and also are used to define the loan limits for the HUD/FHA program.The National Association of Realtors last week released a statement on the FHFA’s action, saying, “With home prices setting records in many U.S. markets,” the organization “is pleased to see the FHFA raise its national conforming loan limits for 2021.”In its November 13 Annual Report to Congress covering the financial status of FHA’s Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund for the fiscal year 2020, FHA provides recommendations for addressing the risks and flaws in current FHA loan limit calculations. However, due to the “statutory nature” of these provisions, HUD says it cannot fully address the concerns without Congressional action.According to HUD, “due to robust increases in median housing prices and required changes to FHA’s floor and ceiling limits, which are tied to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)’s increase in the conventional mortgage loan limit for 2021, the maximum loan limits for FHA forward mortgages will rise in 3,108 counties.”In 125 counties, FHA’s loan limits will remain unchanged.Regional loan limits are calculated according to home values in the respective area.”It has been HUD’s long-standing practice to utilize the highest median price point for any year since the enactment of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA),” according to the press release.For the full press release on FHA loan limits, to find a complete list of FHA loan limits, areas at the FHA ceiling, areas between the floor and the ceiling, as well as a list of areas with loan limit increases, visit FHA’s Loan Limits Page.Read more on the FHFA loan limits announced last week, here. December 2, 2020 1,229 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: The CFPB Adds Five to Its Executive Team Next: New Forbearance Requests, Re-entries Lead to Overall Increase Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago FHA Raises Single-Family Loan Limits Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago 2020-12-02 Christina Hughes Babb About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe
Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. UK companies could be losing millions of pounds when expatriate assignments fail through lack of cultural research.A report has claimed 63 of 100 organisations surveyed reported failed expatriate assignments – and the main reason was the placement of candidates unsuited to the culture of the chosen country.On average, it costs a company up to £900,000 to send a manager earning £100,000 on a three-year international assignment.The research, conducted in European and UK companies by Cendant International Assignment Services, found candidates selected for the assignments were not screened properly. As a result they experienced cultural, family or personal problems. Organisations do not place enough importance on assessing the cultural and family suitability of a potential expatriate,the report claims.Only 49 per cent of the companies assessed cultural suitability and only 41 per cent assessed family suitability – even though 89 per cent formally assessed candidates’ job skills.The expatriate market is growing, with 59 per cent saying their numbers of expatriate assignments will rise in the next five years.Speaking to Personnel Today, Dr Aysen Broadfield, Mattel’s HR Director for Northern Europe called for a global approach to HR based on first-hand experience of the countries involved.She said, “They should send people out there first. If you look into the expatriate policies of multinationals, you will easily see from which country they originate. To me the best policy is the one which reflects the world – not the country.”Dr Broadfield has previously worked in HR in the UK and noticed the complacency of UK companies when she began working in Amsterdam last year.She warned businesses could face the situation of a major dotcom which relocated 200 employees to the Hague – only to find many of them returned because they could not afford the rent.Statistics had suggested it was cheap to live in the Netherlands – but had not indicated the price of accommodation. UK firms counting cost of expatriate ‘culture clash’On 23 May 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.
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