Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake on January 17, 1994. Anyone who experienced that quake will never forget it or where they were when it hit. I’ve lived through many earthquakes, but that was definitely the most scary. And I’m not just saying that because I lived alone at the time. The way my condo building just shook up and down it felt like the building was going to collapse. Fortunately I had no damage, save for my large TV falling out of it’s cabinet and ending up in TV heaven.
You would think that living in earthquake country my whole life, and knowing that the BIG ONE could happen at anytime, that I would be prepared. NOPE. I think about it. Have I done anything? Not really. Sure, we have some batteries, electronic candles, a hand-crank radio (that I won by making a donation to KPCC), lots of canned goods (though most condiments) and a few bottles of water.
In fact, one very hot day last summer we had a power outage for about six hours (felt like 24), and once it got dark it was quite difficult to maneuver around the house. The flashlights and three electronic candles weren’t exactly cutting it as we attempted to light up 2400 square feet of house. I vowed then and there that I would buy a couple of headlamps (oops). Hopefully writing this post will spur me (and you) to not only buy headlamps, but take serious action. The American Red Cross Earthquake Preparedness site is a good place to start. They cover everything, from making a plan, to what emergency supplies to have, to learning how to shut off gas & water, pet care, senior care and communication.
While I know it’s daunting to think about where to start, probably the first and easiest thing we can all do is have a first aid kit, in our homes and in our cars. After all, we don’t know where we’ll be when the next earthquake hits.
You probably have a first aid kit of sorts already. You can supplement it with supplies recommended by the American Red Cross.
If want to make it really easy on yourself, you can outfit your home, car and even take preparedness classes at SOS Products . You can shop either online or in-person at their Van Nuys store. They truly are one-stop shopping for disaster preparedness.
While I didn’t provide you an exhaustive list of what you need for the BIG ONE, hopefully I’ve led you to the right resources to start, update or supplement your emergency preparedness plan and supplies.
Now, I must quickly redeem myself and start my earthquake kit by ordering some headlamps at amazon.com.
Have a safe and wonderful weekend. Hopefully the only shaking you will experience will be the ice cubes in your beverage of choice!