I don’t usually post twice on one day, but I think this is something people may find useful – especially after the recent wake-up call of the Napa Valley earthquake. I was browsing the NERT newsletter, and they had this 6-day preparedness plan for earthquakes.
No one can plan for every eventuality, but it’s reassuring to know one has made a good start. So here it is:
Start small. Just do one thing to get yourself prepared.
DAY 1: put an old pair of comfortable shoes under your bed
DAY 2: Get a cardboard box to start your supply gathering
Day 3: House hunt, in your own house. Got a flashlight? Some bottled water? Extra roll of toilet paper? Maybe a radio? Think “what do I need if I get to stay in my home after an earthquake?” Put it in your box.
Day 4: Review this kit list, [shown below as a picture but also available here as a PDF you can print out]: Home-Work-Car-kit lists for earthquakes
Day 5: Buy one thing that you don’t have to make yourself more prepared after an earthquake.
Day 6: Start your personal plan [here’s an outline, shown below as a picture and here as a PDF]: FamilyDisasterPlan for earthquakes
I was here in Forest Knolls when the Loma Prieta earthquake hit, with small kids at home. The children were watching Sesame Street or something similar. Suddenly, there was a quake. Then the power went out…
Knowing what to do (because it was part of the children’s training!) was valuable.