Earthquake and Natural Disaster Preparedness....Be Ready

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Earthquake and Natural Disaster Preparedness....Be Ready

Earthquake and Natural Disaster Preparedness....Be Ready

Califorinia has had a lot of shaking going on this weekend as Napa had a 6.0 earthquake. Many other states have earthquakes and it is always better to be prepared. If you live in a Hurricane, Tornado, or Flash Flood state, you can prepare just like the residents who prepare for earthquakes. It is so important to be ready for natural hazards that can happen at a moment's notice.

Before an earthquake:

  • Build an Earthquake kit and make a family communication plan.
  • Secure items in your home that could fall during a quake, especially heavy objects and overhead light fixtures.
  • Make sure water heaters, refrigerators, furnaces and gas appliances are strapped to the wall studs or bolted to the floor.
  • Repair any deep cracks in ceilings or foundations, and be sure your residence is firmly anchored to its foundation.
  • Identify safe spots to take cover in each room, such as under a sturdy table or against an inside wall. 
  • Hold earthquake drills with your family to practice "drop, cover, and hold on."

During an earthquake:

  • If indoors, drop to the floor; take cover under a sturdy table, desk or other piece of furniture; and hold on until the shaking stops.
  • If there isn't a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.
  • Do not use a doorway unless you know it is load-bearing - many inside doorways are lightly constructed and do not offer protection.
  • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall.
  • If you are in bed, hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.
  • Do not exit a building during the shaking. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.
  • If outdoors, move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires to avoid falling debris.
  • If driving, stop as quickly as safety permits; avoid stopping under or near buildings, overpasses, and utility wires. Proceed cautiously after the shaking stops - roads, bridges or ramps may have been damaged.

After an earthquake:

  • When the shaking stops, look around to make sure it is safe to move. Then exit the building.
  • Help injured or trapped persons. Give first aid where appropriate. Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in danger of further injury.
  • Expect aftershocks as well as power outages. If you live in a coastal area, be aware of possible tsunamis and be ready to move to higher ground.
  • Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for the latest emergency information.
  • Authorities recommend using your telephone only for emergency calls. For further information, check on the American First Aid site.
  • Stay away from damaged areas unless your assistance has been requested by emergency personnel.
  • Return home only when authorities say it is safe. Check for gas leaks and damage to electrical systems and water lines. Leave the area if you smell gas or fumes from other chemicals.

Be Prepared.

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Les & Sarah Oswald
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Kristin,

Great advise on preparing for these events.

Aug 25, 2014 03:11 AM #1
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These tips are very useful Kristin. Glad you and your family are safe.

Aug 25, 2014 03:22 AM #2
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Hi Sarah,

Thanks so much and most of us have experienced natural disasters across the country or even overseas. We should always be prepared and clear minded.

 

Aug 25, 2014 03:25 AM #3
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Hi Patty,

Thanks so much for the kind words. Have a great week and may it be successful.

Aug 25, 2014 03:26 AM #4
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Kristin this isn't something we have had to deal with in our area but one never knows.  I read through your suggestions and now I'd know what to do and what not to do.  Scary situations.

Aug 25, 2014 03:48 AM #5
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Hi Anna,

I was in Philly in 2011 and they had an earthquake that shook the downtown area. People were all running out in the middle of the street in front of cars and standing on the sidewalks. We know from experience that duck, tuck and cover is the preferred method as debris from above buildings and glass panes can cause major damage to people below. They were not prepared and us Californians just waited it out inside. Being too complacent is not good either though. Thanks for stopping.

Aug 25, 2014 06:39 AM #6
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An important list this week Kristin, hopefully people will use these tips to prepare for the next quake.

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It is so important to be aware of the possible dangers and prepare as you describe Kristin.  Thank you.  (previously from Southern Cal)

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Hi Mark,

I am sure you know all this stuff but a good reminder for all of us.

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Hi Kristin, A very timely post i must say. We become complacent and these reminders need to be out there and often.

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Hi William,

Thank goodness only a few people injured and hope many followed equake preparedness guidelines.

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Hi Bob,

No time like the present to prepare. My husband must have 10 cases of water stored and I always say "do we need any more water" and he reminds me that you never know when you will be stranded for 2 weeks and need that drinking water. OK...so he is right. 

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