Here in California the idea of an earthquake happening any time is a part of life. Although scientists are working on ways in predicting earthquakes Mother Nature has other ideas. Based on the locations of the tectonic plates, California is more susceptible to earthquakes than many other regions in the US. Earthquakes have been a part of our earth since it’s creation. But now with growing populations, cities and infrastructures we could see more damage and loss of life than ever before.
The question is not if there will be another earthquake in California but when. The possibility of an earthquake greater than a magnitude 6.5 in the next 30 years in Southern California is greater than 65% and in Northern California greater than 60%. The key will be if you are ready and able to survive the next big earthquake.
Earthquake preparedness will be the key for your family to overcome the next big earthquake in California. Make sure you have a plan. Evacuation plans both for work, school and home will be essential. Practice drop, cover and hold on drills with your family and co-workers. Be sure to have backup food, water, flashlights and other valuable supplies to keep you going as services may be down for days.
Secure your home too. Be sure furniture, lighting fixtures and other household items are secured to the walls and floors. Injuries from falling debris can be minimized by reviewing these items around your home and office and make sure they can’t come down during a quake. Retrofit older homes and buildings making sure they are secured to the foundations. Have backups of plan with your family. With phones,electricity and water likely being affected after a large quake, decide on a meeting place if you and your family are separated by work or school. Have phone numbers of family members and friends with a plan of contact. Don’t forget to keep supplies in your vehicle too if you are on the road. Including extra shoes, jackets, blankets and flashlights.
These are just a few ideas on keeping your family safe before, during and after an earthquake. These techniques can also be helpful for other disasters like wildfires and floods too. Make earthquake preparedness part of your family’s plan. Don’t forget to participate in the “Great Shakeout” 10:16 am on October 16th.