There is no getting around this my friends, are you ready for earthquakes to hit your city? Utah has been on high alert for decades for the “Big One.” Well, we are getting some of the aftershocks from California’s 7.1, along with other surrounding states. It’s crazy, on the news I’m seeing people sleeping outside because their house is not safe to sleep occupy. You may have seen grocery stores are closed, and the ones that are open, the shelves are empty, or inventory is all over the floor.
The time is now to be prepared and stop making excuses for not taking the steps to be prepared. Most of you are trying to be prepared or you wouldn’t be following my blog. We all know like-minded people stick together because they get it. They understand you can’t run to the grocery store to get a flashlight after a small or major disaster because the stores will probably be empty.
Oh, and forget about getting water, it will be the first thing to disappear. I can promise you, I will not, and I repeat, I will not be standing in line to get water or food from the city and county buildings after a disaster. If my house is still standing I will be sitting on my couch sipping water from my 20-ounce water jug, with the water I have stored.
What Is An Earthquake?
According to Wikipedia, “An earthquake is the shaking of the surface of the Earth, resulting from the sudden release of energy in the Earth’s lithosphere that creates seismic waves. Earthquakes can range in size from those that are so weak that they cannot be felt to those violent enough to toss people around and destroy whole cities.”
What Should I Do Before An Earthquake?
We have prepped for disasters, but here’s a reminder for the bare minimum items you must stock NOW, not next week, or next year. We must be prepared way before we need to be for an earthquake, hurricane, flooding, or fire. I highly recommend the following items:
- A good fire extinguisher.
- Flashlights, solar or battery type (store extra batteries).
- First Aid Kit FIRST AID KIT by Linda
- Good shoes by your bed.
- A good battery or hand-crank radio.
- Keep your phones charged all the time.
- Purchase something to charge your phone, preferably solar-powered.
- Keep your gas tank 3/4 full at all times.
- Make a plan with your family with several scenarios to find each other after a disaster (please role-play with family members).
- Have water stored.
- Have food stored for a minimum of 30 days-yes the stores will be closed or the shelves empty.
- Learn where to turn off your gas, water, and electricity NOW (do not turn it off unless you smell gas) then evacuate immediately.
- Secure heavy furniture and objects on shelves that will fall off during an earthquake.
- Have a communication plan in place and practice it monthly (walkie-talkies).
- Have a good whistle on your key ring or in your 72-hour kit.
- Make a DISASTER bucket with the supplies you will need to grab and evacuate your home within seconds.
Fire Extinguisher Tips
Here are some interesting facts about regular fire extinguishers we have at home, in the garage, or in the car. All fire extinguishers are labeled with certain labels as to which classification of fuel the extinguisher will be effective:
1. Class A Fires: Ordinary combustibles like paper, cloth, wood, rubber, and many plastics
2. Class B Fires: Flammable liquids like oil, and gasoline, charcoal lighter, kerosene
3. Class C Fires: Energized electrical equipment like wiring or motors. Once the electricity to those are turned off they become a Class A
4. Class D Fires: Combustible metals like aluminum, magnesium, or titanium
So when you purchase a fire extinguisher it is extremely important to identify the type of fuel you think will be most common at your home, office, garage, etc. so you can select the correct extinguisher you think may be best for your personal situation to do the job correctly.
Where Is The Safest Place To Be?
I remember when I was growing up the schools taught us to go to any doorway. Well, if your house is old, and it’s an adobe unreinforced home, that would still hold true to this day. But in houses built in the last 20 years or so, the doorways are no stronger than the rest of the house. Do you know how we were taught to go under a table years ago? That’s the safest place even today.
How Long Does An Earthquake Last?
They last from 10 to 30 seconds, typically. Be prepared for aftershocks, for days, weeks, and months because the ground is making readjustments from the earthquake.
How Far Do Earthquakes Travel?
Here’s an example: If the magnitude of the earthquake is 5.5 in the Eastern US, you should be able to feel it as far away as 300 miles (500km)
What Country Has The Most Earthquakes?
I quote from USGS: “Indonesia is in a very active seismic zone, also, but by virtue of its larger size than Japan, it has more total earthquakes. Which country has the most earthquakes per unit area? This would probably be Tonga, Fiji, or Indonesia since they are all in extremely active seismic areas along subduction zones.”
What Is The Most Active Earthquake Zone?
I quote Wikipedia: “The famous and very active San Andreas Fault zone of California is a transform fault which offsets a portion of the East Pacific Rise under the southwestern United States and Mexico; the motion of the fault generates numerous small earthquakes, at multiple times a day, most of which are too small to be felt.”
What Do I Do After An Earthquake?
- Stay calm, you must not show fear or it may upset all those around you.
- Put good shoes on if possible.
- Locate family members after checking yourself first for injuries.
- Turn your radio on. Hopefully, you have one that can run on batteries.
- Check your surroundings to determine if you are safe or need to relocate.
- Stay put inside if you’re inside now, if you’re outside, stay outside
- Do not use any lighters or matches because they could ignite a fire.
- Skip the candles, do not light them.
- Stay clear of your favorite beaches (Tsunamis possible).
- If you smell gas, open all windows, and doors, and leave your home.
- Check your home for damage to water lines, gas lines, and electrical equipment.
I hope today’s post helps you understand a little more about being prepared for earthquakes. We know it’s inevitable in several areas of the country, so we need to be prepared before something hits our neighborhood. We can do this one step at a time. Please remember, when we are prepared we will have no fear. May God bless this world, Linda