The Big one is coming!
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