The planet seems to be in an uproar lately. We’re not likely to suffer through a typhoon, hurricane, tornado, volcano or tsunami. But an earthquake? Yeah, that’s our natural disaster (along with fires, floods and landslides).
Rather than blogging about it after a SoCal earthquake hits, I’d thought I’d get a head start and blog about it in advance.
The Southern California Earthquake Center — a collaboration between the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Geological Survey — has put together a free online earthquake preparedness booklet titled Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country.
And the center offers Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety. They are:
1. Secure it now: That includes televisions, computers, bookcases and water heaters.
2. Make a plan: This is good for an earthquake or a terrorist attack, the guide says.
3. Make disaster kits: We’re talking food, water, flashlights, portable radios, batteries, a first aid kit, cash, extra medications, a whistle, fire extinguisher, etc.
4. Is your place safe? Things to check include: inadequate foundations, unbraced cripple walls, soft first stories, unreinforced masonry and vulnerable pipes.
5. Drop, cover and hold on! Why not practice?
6. Check it out: What to look for when the shaking stops. And I know from a lifetime in earthquake country that the shaking does stop.
7. Communicate and recover: Thank goodness for cellphones and wireless Internet, eh? Back in 1933, when the above photo was taken, this step was a lot more difficult.
Also: A forecast of California earthquakes