Monday 30th , 2012
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247 Earthquakes.  They happen on a fairly regular, if unpredictable, basis.  If you are anything like me, whenever there is a report of a nearby quake, you might find yourself saying “Yeah, I should get a kit together or something….” and then moving on to the next thing in your life, like getting dinner on the table or throwing in that next load of laundry.  While I know that an earthquake will happen in our area sometime, dinner happens now, so that’s where my energy goes.  It’s really easy to put off preparing for something when you can’t pencil it in the calendar.

I also think it is easy to get overwhelmed by this large task of PREPARING.  Where to begin?  When am I going to do this?  How do I formulate an earthquake plan when I don’t even really know what that means?  It is much easier to do nothing at all.

Fortunately, there is a solution! The Earthquake County Alliance has developed 7 steps you can take to keep yourself and your family safe during and after an earthquake.  Four steps are things you can do now to prepare, and the last three are things to do during and after the quake.  Over the next several months, I will work through these seven steps myself with the goal of becoming more prepared.  Follow my posts to learn what can be done for each step, and how I am progressing with my plan for earthquake safety.  I hope as you follow, you will be able to complete the steps as well!

Next time:  Step One- Identify potential hazards in your home and begin to fix them.  We will see how far I get in convincing my 248 husband that strapping the TV to the stand is a great idea, and that it won’t take away from the beauty of the flat screen.