Natural disasters are pretty heavy on my mind lately. I was watching this documentary the other night about earthquakes, and it really stuck with me. I was visiting my sister to accompany her on a visit to her personal injury lawyer in Salt Lake City, and to be honest, I spent a lot of my night at the hotel worrying about whether the ceiling would hold in an earthquake.
Now, you may be thinking that’s a little silly. You may even be thinking that, since I don’t live in an area with a lot of seismic activity, I’m being over-dramatic. Here’s the thing—you don’t have to be on a fault line to feel the effects of an earthquake. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to prepare for an earthquake and understand them, especially major ones that may happen in the near future.
What About “The Big One?”
When we talk about “The Big One,” or the earthquake set to hit the San Andreas Fault, we usually talk about the damage that’s going to hit California. This time, it’s not just conspiracy theories—seismologists have talked in depth about the damage this earthquake will cause and how severe the destruction will be.
Frankly, I’m a little concerned about that, but then again, I’m a little concerned about everything.
Of course, some of us are a little more prepared than others. The folks in California and other areas where earthquakes are a little more common know what to expect for the most part. While that doesn’t make it less devastating, it does make it easier to prepare.
For those who aren’t yet prepared, there are a few important things to remember. First, get to shelter in your home. Under a desk or table is often one of the best things you can do. You should also hold on tight—when the Earth is shaking, it’s easy to get moved around, so make sure you hang on so you have a little support from any falling rubble or heavy motion.
Preparing for an Earthquake
There’s not much you can do for an earthquake, besides building your home to withstand the danger. Of course, basic preparedness is always good, too—cell towers and electricity are often knocked out during an earthquake. Having a generator and a way to quickly contact loved ones is important.
Of course, no survival kit would be complete without plenty of food and water, in case you’re stuck in the immediate aftermath. Having a few extra bottles of water, even, can make all the difference.
Of course, there are several areas of the world that don’t see a lot of seismic activity. Still, having the right tools—just in case—could save your life when The Big One hits.