Take theopportunity to practice how to be safer during earthquakes. These ShakeOut drills are put together to encourage you, your community, your school, or your organization to update emergency plans and supplies. It’s also the time to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries.
The following comes courtesy of FedHealth e-news for September 2013.
On October 17, 2013 at 10:17 a.m. people across the U.S., Canada and overseas will participate in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill. ShakeOut drills help people in homes, schools, and organizations practice how to be safe during big earthquakes, and provide an opportunity for everyone to improve their overall preparedness. By participating, you can have peace of mind that you, your family, your co-workers and millions of others will be better prepared to survive and recover quickly from the next big earthquake in your region!
Concerns and Controversies
Uncle Sam’s shaky money troubles? Janet Liebsch, co-author of It’s A Disaster! …And What Are You Gonna Do About It? tells me that government shutdown and debt ceiling matters shouldn’t have an impact on the Great ShakeOut. Drills are completely voluntary and organized at local or regional levels.
In fact, if this post today comes too late for you to get a drill organized, fear not. ShakeOut organizers explain that groups can schedule their drill within a 2 week window of this year’s October 17th date–before or after–at whatever date and time works best for them.
More than one way? In case you’re not aware of it already, there’s an alternate way of protecting yourself during an earthquake called the “Triangle of Life.” You can view a video about it here. However, it’s not recommended by officials, including those in the Red Cross, for the U.S. and other developed countries. You can find their stance on the “Triangle of Life” here, here and here.
A man-made earthquake? Not long ago I saw a blog post which asks the question, Is An Engineered New Madrid Mega Quake In the Offing? As strange or unwelcome as that thought might seem to some, these days it’s not out of the question. There’s some pretty freaky technology most of us aren’t hearing about.
But even if an earthquake were caused by man–deliberately or unintentionally–there’s no way you or I will get advance notice. Don’t look for an appointment postcard in your mailbox. Besides, what could we do to stop it from happening anyway?
So the real issue, regardless of the cause of a quake, is to be prepared.
Earthquake fallout? The Fukushima disaster in Japan over two and a half years ago has brought to mind the devastating impact earthquakes can have on nuclear plants. Do you know where your nearest nuclear plant is? Would you be prepared for a nuclear radiation event, should such a thing happen?
A helpful resource For a thorough look at how to deal with disasters, get a copy of It’s A Disaster! Click on its title wherever you see it hyperlinked in this post and get a mini e-book. Or place your order for the entire book, print or electronic version.
Keep prepping. And stay safe.