Seven Tips for Earthquake Survival
Some of you may recall an article from a year or two back about tornado survival. In it I linked to my own experience with the Great Dunwoody Tornado of 1998. It was by far the closest I have ever been to an extremely destructive storm. And, therein, I explained how I handled the emergency – I went back to sleep…
Surprisingly – or not – that was my method for dealing with the only earthquake that I ever knew that I was in. It was maybe a 4.5, just enough to noticeably shake the house. I had just gone to bed. And I heard it before I felt it, kind of a “whump, whump, whump” sound. First I thought maybe a large helicopter was hovering outside. Then, I felt waves pass through the floor and the bed.
That was it. I knew it had to be a quake. And I didn’t check for damage (none anyway). Of course, I didn’t expect aftershocks. I didn’t do anything – I went back to sleep.
Mine is perhaps the easiest but the worst way to react to such a powerful natural occurrence. Robert Rickman and Be Survival offered seven tips on what to do in order to survive during a quake. Use his methods, not mine…
Photo by Bored Panda.
“In my opinion, earthquakes are the scariest natural disaster. The reason for this is because they happen so suddenly and so unpredictably.
That is why it is very important to have an earthquake survival kit and plan ready and available in case an earthquake hits.
Earthquakes have caused severe damage all across the world. These earthquakes can be mild or be very severe. This is measured by magnitude. The higher the magnitude the more severe they are.”
Many times you, like I, have “suffered through minor quakes and not known it until the news informed you later. That’s not the scenario here. He’s talking about higher magnitude earthquakes that can cause real damage and kill people.
Please carefully read his advice on what to do to make it through alive: In brief:
One. Get away from the coast. Quakes can generate tsunamis which are incredibly destructive.
Two. Perform regular maintenance on your home anyway. His example is a chimney in poor structural conditions; little cracks can lead to collapse if shaken too hard.
Three. Secure your water heater to avoid water and gas leaks, spills, and electrical issues.
Four. Food and Water! General prepping always applies.
Five. Keep a quake kit (or regular emergency kit) in your car. This covers you if you’re hit out on the road or if you have to get away from home.
Six. Take cover. Drop, cover, and hold. Tucking the head under a bed pillow doesn’t really count.
Seven. Beware aftershocks. These can be as damaging as the initial rattle.
He goes over these in detail and with examples. He also encourages us to make a plan and to rehearse it with the family – in advance. Sound advice.
And, he throws in a few more life-saving tips that you might not have considered. You should. Please read that original.
Next, I’ll discuss how to slumber through an airplane crash…
Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at www.perrinlovett.me. He is none too fond of government meddling.