What to do during an earthquake

What can we learn from this video?  The recent earthquake in Los Angeles should serve as a reminder that an earthquake, no matter how benign or severe, can strike at any time.  While it is important to properly prepare for such an event, we need to know how to react when an earthquake does strike.

If you are indoors when during an earthquake, ready.gov encourages you to DROP, COVER and HOLD ON!

  • DROP to the ground!
  • COVER yourself under a structure or heavy furniture!
  • HOLD ON to something stable around you until the shaking has subsided
  • Move away from windows and glass doors
  • Stay indoors until all is clear
  • Do not use elevators

If you are outdoors:

  • Stay clear of power lines, street lamps or anything that could fall on you
  • Move away from buildings as debris can come lose and fall
  • If you are near the ocean, listen for tsunami alerts and make your way to higher ground

If you are driving:

  • Pull over when it is safe to do so
  • If possible, avoid stopping under trees, lamp posts or over passes
  • Drive cautiously after the shaking has stopped, roadways and bridges may have been damaged

Most importantly, when you find yourself in an earthquake do not panic.  Remember what you have learned and react accordingly to avoid injury.

So, how was this news anchors reaction to the earthquake?

Emergency Preparedness Videos

It’s still September, which means its still Emergency Preparedness month!  This week, we bring you a few videos from the Red Cross highlighting a few of the preparedness tips we have previously discussed

 Be ready Red Cross – make a plan: This video discusses the importance of creating an emergency plan, communicating that plan with your family and taking the steps to routinely practice the plan.     

Let’s make a survival kit: Take the time to make sure all of these items are in your emergency preparedness kit. 

The kit you don’t want to have: Make sure you are ready when your kit is needed, don’t end up like this guy!

 

How is your emergency kit looking?

Be ready…anywhere!

As we mentioned last week, September is Emergency Preparedness Month!  It is important to be prepared for an emergency of any scale no matter where you are.  An earthquake isn’t going to wait to strike until you are safe in your home and an electrical surge doesn’t have the courtesy to hold off until you are finished at work.  This week we have a few tips for stocking up on your emergency preparedness kit no matter where you are!

Your home should provide you with the bulk of your supplies needed in case of an emergency situation.  Make sure to communicate to your family your emergency plan and where the supplies are located.  Regularly check these items to make sure they are fully stocked and in their proper place:

  1. Food – Enough for at least three days.  Non perishable items are best, such as canned and prepackaged food
  2. Water – One gallon per person per day for at least three days
  3. A well stocked first aid kit; regularly check to make sure all necessary items are present
  4. Battery powered or hand crank radio
  5. Flashlight
  6. Plenty of batteries
  7. Copies of important documents, local maps and extra cash
  8. A seven day supply of all prescription medications
  9. Multipurpose tool
  10. Emergency blanket
  11. Cell phones with solar chargers or portable charging unit
  12. Pet care supplies

In our cars, we are more vulnerable than we would like to imagine ourselves to be.  Any number of emergencies can occur while we are in transit: from a collision in a populated area to running out of gas far from the nearest town.  Being prepared for a event in your vehicle is every bit as important as preparation in your home.

 Here are some basic supplies that should be present in every vehicle:

  1. Drinkable water – at least one gallon
  2. High calorie food
  3. Blankets and warming devices – especially in the winter months
  4. A working flashlight
  5. Basic tools
  6. First aid kit
  7. Flares
  8. Jumper cables and a spare tire
  9. Good walking shoes

One place that is often forgotten when assessing your emergency readiness is the workplace.  Much of our lives are spent in our place of employment, so it is crucial that we are prepared for any type of emergency while at work.  While many of the supplies may be similar to those we would have in the home, it is important to communicate an emergency plan and have a committee in place should such an emergency occur.

 These are some steps to take to ensure you and your coworkers are ready for anything:

  1. A rehearsed evacuation plan
  2. Emergency contact information for all employees
  3. Designate a safety team
  4. Enough food and water for 3 days
  5. Battery powered radio
  6. A well stocked first aid kit
  7. Flashlights
  8. Blankets and pillows
  9. Basic toiletries

September is Emergency Preparedness month!

Emergencies can come in all shapes and sizes: from a localized power outage affecting only those in your neighborhood to a large scale earthquake impacting an entire region.  It is important to be ready for an emergency situation no matter what the scale. 

 But what does it really mean for your family to prepare for such an event?  Here is what NOT to do!

 Here are a few helpful links to get you started building your emergency kit and talking about emergency preparedness with your family:

 

  1.  Ready.gov provides you with a Family Emergency Plan form to help get you started.  This handy form requires you to fill out plenty of helpful information in case of an emergency. 
  2. 30days30ways.com is great way to acknowledge emergency preparedness month.  Each day presents an opportunity for you to expand your emergency kit, learn some new tips and even win prizes! 
  3. Northwest Gas Association is participating in emergency preparedness month by hosting free, informative workshops.  Find one your region here http://www.nwga.org/news/nw-natural-american-red-cross-team-up-for-national-preparedness-month
  4. Check out our previous posts on Emergency Preparedness; http://kennedyres.com/the-powers-out-now-what/, http://kennedyres.com/earthquake-preparedness/, http://kennedyres.com/wildfire-safety-tips/

Feel free to share your tips with us!

Earthquake Preparedness

 

Though Oregon has not experienced an earthquake of much significance since the early 1990’s, it is well known that the potential for a very destructive tremor is imminent.  We live in a region ripe with seismic activity which leaves us with stunning landscape and mountain ranges, but makes us vulnerable to the looming threat of earthquakes.  While research is working towards developing technology to predict seismic events, we are still unable to calculate exactly when and where such an event will hit.  The best we can do to prepare for an earthquake is to ready our homes for structural damage and plan ahead!  Here are some ideas to help you and your family be as prepared as possible for an earthquake:

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1.   Find out if your home is properly anchored to it’s foundation.  Not all homes in our area are up to date on building codes, resulting in a foundation that could potentially be unstable should an earthquake hit.  If you discover that your home is not up to code, take the necessary steps to remodel. When building a new home, make sure foundation straps are included.

2.  Secure heavy furniture and cabinet doors.  Make sure washing machines and hot water heaters are stable so as not to disturb gas and water lines.  Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves to prevent injury.

3.  Store hazardous materials such as pesticides and flammable products on lower, enclosed cabinets.  These could easily spill from a high storage place and create a health hazard for you and your family.

4. Locate safe, secures spaces in your home and run drills with your family.  Have a plan in place should you get separated, know where you will meet and how you will communicate with each other.  Talk with your neighbors about this plan and potentially include them in your preparations.

5.  Keep and maintain an emergency kit.  Have enough water and food for at least 3 days in addition to a well stocked medical supply kit.  Know how to property use these medical implements and be aware of up to date CPR techniques.