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.


Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

72 hours?? After Katrina it was weeks.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Jon Hoy
Jonjon Hoy6 years ago

KT Bray, quite true. One day the Mississippi River Basin will be a nation Divided. Look at the Grand Canyon. When is it's next big quake going to happen? Earth quakes can happen anywhere at any given time but cannot be predicted. So enjoy life. I'm a person, if it happens it happens and it can't be stopped.

Chavonne Harvey
Chavonne H6 years ago

Keep lots of bottled water and canned foods, flash lights, batteries, battery operated fans, radios.

Chavonne Harvey
Chavonne H6 years ago

we don't really have to worry about earthquakes here in new jersey thought they do have small ones sometimes, but I'm from san francisco and we sure need to be prepared there.

Rossy Osborne
Rossy Osborne6 years ago

It is very important for everyone to be prepared as they possibly can be for any type of disaster.
Living in the tropics with cyclones, torrential rains, long distances between us, and only generated power for a few hours per day, makes us be prepared as best as possible.

So many folk shocked me when shopping in preparation of C.Yasi!
They were stocking up on meat and vegetable products???
When I asked why they weren't stocking dehydrated and canned food, they thought I was mad.

So then what happened to their fresh food when the power went of for 4 to now 8 weeks?

Who was the 'mad' one now?

Glenda Jasper
Glenda J7 years ago

Yes indeed as ready as I can be..for I refuse to live in fear but I have already about 4 yrs ago understand the dilemma of this contradiction in California going into the Ocean and Lake Tahoe will be our Beach front so be it! then we can go back home to where we can live without all this fear.

Bon L.
Bon L7 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Ruth R.
Ruth R7 years ago

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