Preparedness

Preparedness-headerEarthquake preparedness is something we all need to take seriously. We’ve all heard on the news about deadly earthquakes killing thousands and even injuring even more. Do you remember the 7.8 earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015 that killed over 8,000 people? How about the 9.0 earthquake in Japan (largest ever to strike Japan) in 2011 that killed almost 16,000 people and triggered tsunamis as high as 90 feet? The 7.0 earthquake in Haiti killed over 100,000 people and left millions homeless in 2010. Earthquakes occur all the time (thankfully most are not deadly). In fact, it’s estimated that up to 50 earthquakes occur EVERYDAY in the United States!

Japan EarthquakeDo you know how to prepare for and survive a major earthquake?

Well most of us THINK we might, but that’s not necessarily the case as there are a lot of “Earthquake Myths” and misinformation that leads you to believe you will be doing the “right” thing but are actually putting yourself in more danger. Have you heard of “The safest place to be during an earthquake is under a doorway”? Well this is only true if you live in an unreinforced adobe home or older wood-frame house. The way homes are built nowadays doorways are no stronger than the rest of the building. In fact, you’re more likely to get hurt by having objects hit you or you may get hurt by people trying to get by you since you are blocking them. Actually the best way to keep yourself protected if you’re indoors is to stay away from windows and go under a table or desk and hang on.

Do you know what you should do before an earthquake?

I’ll go over tips on what you can do for earthquake preparedness so you’ll be ready when the time comes. My goal is to get you educated so you can protect yourself as well as your family so I’ll go over making a safety plan to ensure everyone knows what to do.

Do you have an earthquake kit?

Do you know what should be in one? Well I’ll go over in detail what items are vital in a good earthquake kit and also give some reviews on what I think are the best earthquake kits out there.

Do you know what you should do during an earthquake?

I’ll be going over tips on what you should do and how to protect yourself during an earthquake regardless of whether you’re at home, at the office, in your car, or even outside.

Do you know what to do after an earthquake?

I’ll go over ways to make sure it’s safe to come out along with steps on what you should do after an earthquake and what you should do if you ever become trapped.

Click on the headings above and read the tips to make sure you and your family are prepared!

 

2 Comments

  1. Alma

    Hi Andy,

    Thank you very much for all the useful information and advice. I come from Italy, a very seismic country. I have experienced one of the worse ones when I was a teen, and I still remember the sensation of being powerless, and in total danger inside my own house. Thank God there are very stringent building codes, and houses do get damaged but bear the grunt while keeping the inhabitants alive.
    What is entirely missing in Italy is any preparedness. No training to citizens, no public drills, no emergency plans made public. Nothing at all.
    I now live in another continent altogether, however earthquakes happen everywhere in the world, so I’ll go through all your content and learn everything, and get one of those kits at home.
    Thanks again, this site is truly needed.
    Alma

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    1. Andy

      That’s great Alma! I’m glad my site is useful and hope to spread more awareness to more people.
      You’re right, there isn’t enough training and preparedness by people. They always think “It’ll never happen to me” but like the recent Japan and Ecuador earthquakes, they can strike at anytime without notice and cause immense damage. Being prepared is the best way to go no matter where you are.

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