Earthquake Preparedness: Are You Ready For 6.7?
To be honest, I am not prepared for the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that has been predicted to occur with more than 99 percent certainty within the next 30 years somewhere in California.
I have some “survival” supplies at home, but this is primarily because of my interest in camping. I have tents, sleeping bags, lanterns, flash lights, waterproof matches, propane and other camping gear I could use following an earthquake. I can filter and sterilize water if I need to, and I have enough canned food to last a few days. Most importantly I have a few bottles of Chardonnay and a deck of cards to pass the time.
A recent report sponsored by the US Geological Survey, the California Geological Survey and the Southern California Earthquake Center concludes that a 6.7 magnitude earthquake will occur along one of the many faults in California in the next 30 years (99.7 percent chance).
Like I said, I am not prepared for such a catastrophic earthquake, but we can all take some fairly simple steps to get prepared for such a disaster.
Educate yourself. Read information available from the U.S. Geological Survey or any other agency tasked with public safety in an emergency (such as the California Office of Emergency Services). Many cities also provide free community outreach training, such as the San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team training.
Prepare your family. When the next big one strikes, how will you communicate with your family? What about your pets? Where will you go if your home is destroyed? Make an emergency plan for your family. Many of the agencies mentioned above have information on emergency planning.
Prepare for “72 hours.” The conventional wisdom recommends stocking 72 hours worth of supplies including 1 gallon of water per day per person, extra medications and food for your family and pets. Lists of recommended supplies are available online.
Prepare your home. Take steps to protect your home, such as securing your water heater, cabinets and wall hangings to minimize the damage from an earthquake. You should also consider earthquake insurance (if the astronomical premiums donít send you to the hospital).
Do you have an ‘earthquake preparedness’ kit at home, in your car, or office? What are you doing to get prepared? Add your comment below.