Did you feel it? Earthquakes are an everyday part of life on the San Andreas Fault. Some earthquakes are bigger than others, some are deeper in the earth’s crust than others. But what will make the difference between a shaker and a quaker that causes billions of dollars in damage. Scientists have been studying the effects that earthquake shock waves will have since the 1906 San Francisco quake. Are you ready?
Its not a question of if, but a question of when we’ll encounter a devastating earthquake in Southern California. The key is preparation. Where will you be if an earthquake strikes? At home? At work? At school? Make sure you have a plan. Have a family meeting place so if you get separated you can meet up later. Think about what we’ll do if we loose communications with each other! Plan ahead don’t wait until it’s too late.
What about an earthquake kit in your car? Have a box or container in your car with water, protein bars, a blanket or jackets and extra tough tennis shoes for a long walk ahead if the roads are blocked. Of course a first aid kit, flashlight and extra batteries are needed too. Your earthquake preparedness kits should be checked every six months. Don’t let your water/food supplies expire or get contaminated due to heat or moisture.
Set aside extra cash in the event ATM machines are out or the banks are shut down. If you need to buy extra supplies you may not have anyway to pay for it. Have your kits situated so they are easily accessible. If you have damage to your home you may not be able to reach it.
Did you feel it? DYFI