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Emergency Preparedness - an Earthquake Comes To Town

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group S-96414

Emergency Preparedness - an Earthquake Comes To Town


The Princess and the Pea That's Not Me.   Apparently I am not that kind of royalty as I didn't feel a thing, but Tuesday night, in Maine there was an earthquake of 4.0 magnitude .   I heard from different folks in my area here west of Boston that they felt the tremor.   That's a long way away.  

As a kid my father used to give us talk about what to do there was a fire.   Where to go, how to get out etc.   We never had a practice but we did talk.    Tuesday's shake made me think about a visit to my brother who lived for a long while in Los Angeles.<a href="http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=21107&picture=fire-escape">Fire Escape</a> by Eddie Fouse

As soon as my sister Teresa and I got off our plane in LAX, we were greeted with not just hugs and kisses but a talk on what to do in case of an earthquake, where we meet, how to react, and not to touch his emergency stash of water, etc.   Teresa and I thought at the time that it was kind of funny.  After all we had never lived through an earthquake before and had never thought of it.  But really... it was just plain smart!  

The earthquake Tuesday night made me think of that trip and how most of us are not prepared for an emergency.  At least I am not.  We don't have an emergency plan or meeting place with our families.  We really haven't even talked about what we would do.    That will change.  Why?  It's so simple and ridiculous not to have just a simple discussion and plan.

So the lesson learned from this past Tuesday is to remember to be prepared.    Firefighters all across the nation this year are urging families to have "two ways out".   A great campaign.   So easy to implement and if you have a plan it will easily come to mind if ever faced with a stressful situation.  

I am not advocating prepping here, just being smart.  Figure out your own plan and share it with your family.  Plan to meet someplace and maybe to have a few things available such as flashlights, batteries, etc, just in case.   Whatever feels right for you.    There are lots of tips from emergency agencies and are readily available on line.  

You will probably never need it, but what the heck?   It's a just a conversation.  


About the author

Carol-Ann PalmieriCarol-Ann Palmieri, a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 24 years along with Al Mussi have helped hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.


A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education. 

 Licensed in MA and RI...

 Al and Cal's primary areas of service Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone, Walpole, Milford, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, North Attleboro, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville but have resourses to help anyone, anywhere....

 Her mission....  To exceed your expectations!

Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Great advice Carol Ann, we don't expect a need for earthquake preparation in most of our nation, but we are generally prepared for snowstorms around here.

Oct 17, 2012 11:49 PM
Doug Rogers
RE/MAX Coastal Properties - Destin, FL
Your Real Estate Resource!

Awesome advice. I need to cover this with my four children. The downside of a split floor plan is the separation from the kids in time of emergency.

Oct 18, 2012 12:54 AM
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Associates - San Antonio, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Whew..got here in time to suggest.  This is so important Carol Ann and your experience reminds us all to remember that we are not immortal and usually, if you don't have a plan in place, the time to get one is NOT when the emergency happens. 

I, myself, never think about these things, but truly need to.  Awesom post!

Oct 18, 2012 01:05 AM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Carol Ann,

Good blog and I agree to the point that I will say every type of emergency can have the same basic plan. I wopuld guess I would start with apln for a home fire and modify as we went.

An Earthquake is something else. We were at a convention several years ago in Palm Springs and in the middle of the night the walls started moving back and forth ( no it was not the AC/ DC song being played) while creaking very loudly. It scared us as we had no idea at first what was going on!

Oct 18, 2012 01:58 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good advice, Carol Ann.... and I'm confident you're prepared....all marines are prepared...

Oct 18, 2012 05:29 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Bob.  Thanks for checking in.   


Hi Doug.  I am a split fan, but didn't think of that.  Of course, I don't have 4 kids.   Thanks for reading.


Hi Brenda.  The ultimate optimist never does think about these things.  Not said in a bad way!!!


Hi Bob.  LOL.  I do remember those AC/DC concerts that rocked the room!    Thanks for reading and the giggle!


Hi Barbara.  I don't know, but the older I get the more prepared I want to be!!   Thanks.


Oct 18, 2012 09:12 AM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

Cal, I heard about the earthquake. Good advice, by the way. Often, we don't think about these things until we're in the middle of them - and it's maybe too late.

Hope you have a good weekend.

Oct 19, 2012 12:29 AM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

That's right Carol Ann, all marines are prepared...you didn't feel the bump in the evening!  Wow...at my house it sounded like someone ran across my roof...i ran outside & couldn't figure it out at all!

Oct 20, 2012 04:45 AM
Al Raymondi
Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida - Ormond Beach, FL
Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales

Great advice Cal, everyone should try to be prepared for an emergency situation.

Oct 21, 2012 03:24 AM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Hi Cal,

I am stopping by to say hello and I hope you are having a good  and productive weekend.

Oct 21, 2012 03:56 AM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Hi Cal,

I hope you are doing well and selling lots of Real Estate.. Take care and thanks for commenting on my blog..

Oct 23, 2012 07:23 AM