Have you ever wondered why anyone would like to
live in an area where there are earthquakes? Unbeknownst to
most U.S. citizens there are more earthquakes in the U.S. other
than the West Coast.
If you believe you are not living in a
earthquake area perhaps you will be rather surprised to find
that you may, in fact, dwell in a "quiet" fault area. Check out
earthquakes and see if you indeed do live where
earthquakes can occur. Just in case you think all the
earth shaking is going on only on the West coast of the
U.S., think again. Central and Eastern
United States have their fair share of
One Congressman Samuel Mitchell, who received
and documented the 1811 and 1812 earthquakes is informative
reading for any person living in the Midwest
and Eastern Region of the United States.
The best way to protect your family and
yourself in any type of diaster is to understand the
potential for diaster. You need to be prepared for any and all
types of possiblities. Never allow yourself or anyone else to
tell you that you are paranoid of diasters. Not being prepared
is in most cases all the more reason to be wary of any natural
More people are hurt during the aftermath of an
earthquake than during the actual quake. Panic sets in and
masses of people race to the stores, clearing shelves
and most times running with whatever they can carry.
Although the earthquake is blamed for the injuries, it is panic
and fear that are the true culprits.
If you are living on this planet, the odds are
that at sometime you will experience a natural diaster. Are you
prepared to "live a few days" without modern conveniences? If
not, do you even know where to start to be prepared?
Many live in a very active earthquake area,
and it is unnerving being thrown from your bed in the wee
hours of the morning. It is not the preferred wake-up
Being prepared is better than being at the
mercy of the natural and human forces about you. From the
different natural diasters witnessed first hand, a
majority of human issues could have been avoided if proper
planning by individuals had taken place.
You need a plan for you, and your family. There
is nothing more stressful than not knowing where your family is
during a crisis. Cell phones are great tools during diasters
-- as long as the power to the towers is working, you have
a charged phone and etc. A well-thoughtout plan that you have
taken time to discuss with your family is critical when diaster
Earthquakes are usually short lived in thier
duration; it is the aftershocks that can be more frightful
than the intial quake, as buildings and structures are unstable
from the primary quake. There is no unique time frame that
earthquakes will strike; they happen any time and in more
places than most realize.
Helpful tips to Earthquake Preparedness
Have a plan where you and your family will meet if
you are not altogether when an earthquake strikes.
You need to consider at least two different
meeting areas. If this happens...then you will
meet... If this occurs instead, you will meet...
Keep a phone charger in your car.
Have a map of your area for alternative escape
routes. It best to take time beforehand to
investigate alternative routes.
Have a tote on wheels or a large trash bin on
wheels that has basics, water, food, blankets
and cash stashed inside - enough for at
least three days.
Keep water in the trunk of your vehicle. It may be
a nuisance but it will keep you from going thristy.
Always keep a full tank of gas in your vehicle.
Keep a first aid kit in your home and vehicle.
If you have need of prescriptions, always carry at
least a one week supply on your person.