Los Angeles Residents’ Rude Awakening

Posted: March 16, 2010 by Brian in 911, disasters, earthquake, Emergency
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4.4 Magnitude
Most of us felt the 4.4 magnitude shaker early Tuesday morning, but Brian was not disturbed.  The wife woke me up with something about an earthquake but I dismissed her claims mostly due to the fact that I feel tremors like this in bed every night.  Now, now, get your mind out of the gutter.  I’m talking about the wife’s sleeping habits.  But that is neither here nor there.  The bed shook a bit and the house creaked and moaned.  That was the extent of it here in Long Beach, 21 miles away.  Not the case though closer to the epicenter.

Morning news channels reported chunks of freeways falling off, and minimal damages to homes but one can’t help but notice the timing.  Haiti’s numerous tremors, Chile’s quake, and now California.  Is this all that was due or is this merely a foreshadow of what is to come; an appetizer, if you will.  Regardless of what it is, we shouldn’t ignore the fact that we do live above one of the most active faults on Earth and that shakers like today’s are more common than we think.  That being said, how many of us are actually prepared for an earthquake?  Not I.  We DID recently acquire earthquake insurance, but what good will that do if we don’t survive the quake to put our claim in?  No need to look around though.  I’ve got your Earthquake Preparedness list right here.

An Earthquake Kit (or a Go-Pack) should contain the following:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Portable battery-powered radios
  • First-aid kit and manuals
  • Emergency food and water, enough to last for three days
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Essential medicines
  • Cash and Credit Cards
  • Sturdy Shoes (very important they are shoes and not your favorite pair of chanclas or flip-flops.  There will usually be broken glass or items on the floor after a good shaker)

Here are some other handy links that will teach or remind you what to do before, during, and after an earthquake because honestly, when was the last time anyone really had to use an earthquake emergency plan?  Exactly…

FEMA’s Advice:

What To Do Before

What To Do During

What To Do After

There you have it.  Educate and prepare yourselves as best as you can.  I don’t know about all of you but I don’t want to relive another Northridge quake.  But when, and not if we do, no one wants to be on the “I told you so”-end of a conversation, especially after an earthquake.


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