Sunday, June 12, 2011
The next town down the coast from where we live has been putting on a series of three hour programs on one Saturday every month over the past year. Today was the last class in the series and it was titled "Improve Your Survive-avility." You see, my partner and I and several million other people from Northern California to Vancouver Island live on a 600+ mile subduction zone that has the potential to release energy as a 9.0 or greater earthquake along its length. This isn't a matter of if or whether this might happen. It will. Just as it did on the subduction zone across the Pacific Ocean in Japan. Just as it did in Chile a year ago. No one can say WHEN this will occur. It might be a hundred years from now or in the next five minutes. The information that is important is that these events ARE survivable. Drop, Cover, Hold ON. Have a 72-hour Grab and Go Disaster Emergency Bag and know where to go to be safe. In case of a subduction zone earthquake along the coast, that means...after the shaking stops, go uphill as quickly as you can and stay put until officials say it's OK to go lower again. This could be days. Check out READY.gov for lots of information and resources.
Being prepared and knowing what to do and having a 72 hour Grab and Go Kit is good to do no matter where you live or what your potential disasters are. There have been so many unexpected disasters all across the country: floods, tornados, wildfires, on and on. When you can, put something together. Your pre-planning can make all the difference. Knowing what to do can save your life and the lives of your loved ones.