The Big One is Coming!

By
Real Estate Agent with OC Signature Properties

The Big one is coming!

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Just as I was feeling all gushy and comfortable I attended the Thursday Rotary Meeting and the speaker was from the Southern California Earthquake center and told us that we have heard for years that the big one is coming. Well, guess what it is coming. It has been 16 years since the last major earthquake hit Southern California.  We are well overdue for another shaker.  In our meeting she told us what we needed to do to prepare for this when it comes.  The most important things we need are water, food and flashlights.  In the event of a large earthquake our water will be shut off, the electricity will be off and the gas.  We will be needing one gallon of water per day per person. We will need water to flush our toilets, and we will be needing food for at least seven days. 

Our speaker left us with a booklet that gives the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety

Step #1 Identify potential hazards in your home and begin to fix them

Step #2 Create a disaster-preparedness plan

Step #3 Prepare disaster supplies kits.

Step #4 Identify you're building potential weaknesses and begin to fix them.

Step #5 protects you during earthquake shaking- drop, cover, and hold on.

Step #6 after the earthquake, check for injuries and damage

Step #7 when safe; continue to follow your disaster preparedness plan.

To bounce back quickly from a disaster, communities need to become resilient. Community resilience depends on how many individuals, businesses, schools, agencies are prepared.  It is a lot like voting, where personal decisions and actions can affect everyone.  An individual learns about the issues and decides how to vote. (decides which mitigation efforts will best  protect loved ones and financial security) Then casts a ballot.  If enough people vote the same way and are prepared they will have a winning platform and they will have a resilient community

A disaster kit should include a medical kit, bottled water, a whistle, sturdy shoes, Emergency cash approximately $200 to $300 or more.  Road maps, list of emergency phone numbers, Snack foods high in water, working flashlight, personal hygiene supplies, games, toiletries and copies of personal identification.  For the household you will need, Water, wrenches to turn off gas and water, work gloves, radio with batteries, canned goods, can opener, charcoal for the outdoor grill, pet food, warm clothing, sleeping bags, and copies of vital documents.

Prepare for people panicing and asking you for supplies. Not everyone will be ready.

If you can get a booklet plan put it in your survival kit.

Be ready, be prepared

Posted by

Ron Accornero

Comments (6)

Bob Jakowinicz
National Realty Centers Livonia--Bob Jakowinicz - Livonia, MI
Michigan Real Estate Agent-- MI Real Adventures

Ron, been hearing this about the region for a long time.  Great to be prepared just in case but who knows what the future brings

Jan 20, 2011 08:41 AM
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

It's a great idea to be prepared but not paranoid. Big Difference. As with anything in life, we never know when, where or why. We must be ready at all times for whatever needs to happen. My grandmother used to say (she was a preacher) "Be ready to preach, pray, sing or die at a moment's notice". I have always remembered that.

Tammy Emineth

Jan 20, 2011 08:43 AM
Victor Zuniga
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties - San Diego, CA

I've been waiting for the big one all of my life. Though I'd rather it never get here if that's an option.

Jan 20, 2011 09:07 AM
Ronald S. Accornero
OC Signature Properties - Villa Park, CA

I am not looking forward to the big one either?

 Just as soon miss it.

Jan 20, 2011 10:31 AM
Ronald S. Accornero
OC Signature Properties - Villa Park, CA

Tammy:

Good comments by your grandmother.  You never know when he is coming. You need to be ready.

Jan 20, 2011 10:32 AM
Ronald S. Accornero
OC Signature Properties - Villa Park, CA

Bob:

The lady said this morning, We are overdue.  that is as good a warning as it gets.

Jan 20, 2011 10:33 AM