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Old 03-18-2014, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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ER, glad you are okay. I saw on the news they mentioned being prepared for a quake. How the heck do you prepare for a quake?

-2F this morning.........blech
Preparing for the shaking itself: Bolt top heavy items such as tall bookcases to the wall and install catches on the kitchen cabinets so that glassware and dishes do not tumble out onto the floor and break.

Preparing for the aftermath of the shaking: (A lot of this is predicated on preparations for the power to be out for up to a week and for losing water pressure. If there is no power, ATM's will not work, banks will not be open, and markets will be admitting a few people at a time and making change out of shoe boxes if we're lucky.) Know where a wrench is for turning off the natural gas in case you smell any, have multiple flashlights plus spare batteries, have 5 or 10 gallons of water on hand, have a manual can opener, have some non-perishable food on hand, such as canned tuna or canned fruit, have first aid supplies, have $200 in twenties or smaller, have a pair of shoes and a flashlight next to the bed (running around barefoot in panic invites cuts from broken glass), have a battery-powered radio so you can get news and not feel totally isolated.

 
Old 03-18-2014, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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How the heck do you prepare for a quake?
When I worked for the American Red Cross we had community emergency guidelines. The prep for earthquake is much like the prep for any other natural disaster. Having copies of important documents in an emergency backpack along with some cash, updatable meds, extra eyeglasses, extra phone charger, periodically replaced energy bars, flashlight, headlamp, water bottle, etc. The backpack is recommended b/c one can easily get separated from a handbag or briefcase in an emergency.

Those in areas prone to twisters go to the basement (I'd never live anywhere without one). I don't remember what folks are supposed to do in earthquake areas, other than grab the e-packback and run for cover. It would differ between cities with buildings that could collapse and more suburban/rural. Having a piece of heavy furniture like a metal desk to get under would probably be a good idea. I remember that some of my CA friends keep an inverted glass bottle filled with sand next to their beds on a bare floor.

Escort, what else are Californians advised? Ooops, Escort beat me to it, we were posting at the same time.
 
Old 03-18-2014, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Preparing for the shaking itself: Bolt top heavy items such as tall bookcases to the wall and install catches on the kitchen cabinets so that glassware and dishes do not tumble out onto the floor and break.

Preparing for the aftermath of the shaking: (A lot of this is predicated on preparations for the power to be out for up to a week and for losing water pressure. If there is no power, ATM's will not work, banks will not be open, and markets will be admitting a few people at a time and making change out of shoe boxes if we're lucky.) Know where a wrench is for turning off the natural gas in case you smell any, have multiple flashlights plus spare batteries, have 5 or 10 gallons of water on hand, have a manual can opener, have some non-perishable food on hand, such as canned tuna or canned fruit, have first aid supplies, have $200 in twenties or smaller, have a pair of shoes and a flashlight next to the bed (running around barefoot in panic invites cuts from broken glass), have a battery-powered radio so you can get news and not feel totally isolated.
Thanks for the detail.
 
Old 03-18-2014, 11:08 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Okay, so pretty much the basics for any emergency except for bolting down tall furniture and securing cabinets. The sneakers next to the bed makes huge sense.

On another note, DH just read that in Minnesota they have had 110 days of continuous >1" snow cover on the ground, one day short of the record.

I would think iot would have been much longer. Umbria?
 
Old 03-18-2014, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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The power blinked here which meant clocks to reset and that's done but when I went in to my office to restart my computer it was a no go. Push the button and nothing. So I'm on my laptop and I guess I'll have to get in touch with my computer guy and take the unit in to him to check out. No fun but at least I do have a laptop so I can stay connected and check out the weather and hang out with youse guys.
 
Old 03-18-2014, 11:46 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Zug, is it making any beeping noises? Is the fan running? It's likely the power supply. Time for a better surge protector power strip.
 
Old 03-18-2014, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Okay, so pretty much the basics for any emergency except for bolting down tall furniture and securing cabinets. The sneakers next to the bed makes huge sense.

On another note, DH just read that in Minnesota they have had 110 days of continuous >1" snow cover on the ground, one day short of the record.

I would think iot would have been much longer. Umbria?
I've heard lots of stats due to this winter but not that one ~~yet ~ but that sounds about right. I saw my driveway for the first time since probably Dec. Too much for too long. It should be a law to get out of here at least 2 weeks each winter.
 
Old 03-18-2014, 12:10 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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Preparing for the shaking itself: Bolt top heavy items such as tall bookcases to the wall and install catches on the kitchen cabinets so that glassware and dishes do not tumble out onto the floor and break.
Never ever put anything on the wall above your bed. Pictures and mirrors are verboten.
Find a safe place in every room of your house. Under furniture or an interior wall.

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Preparing for the aftermath of the shaking: (A lot of this is predicated on preparations for the power to be out for up to a week and for losing water pressure. If there is no power, ATM's will not work, banks will not be open, and markets will be admitting a few people at a time and making change out of shoe boxes if we're lucky.) Know where a wrench is for turning off the natural gas in case you smell any, have multiple flashlights plus spare batteries, have 5 or 10 gallons of water on hand, have a manual can opener, have some non-perishable food on hand, such as canned tuna or canned fruit, have first aid supplies, have $200 in twenties or smaller, have a pair of shoes and a flashlight next to the bed (running around barefoot in panic invites cuts from broken glass), have a battery-powered radio so you can get news and not feel totally isolated.
Make sure the emergency release on your garage door works. Have a crowbar or mallet or sledgehammer available.
 
Old 03-18-2014, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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All that heavy furniture I'm getting rid of here I wouldn't get rid of in California. Makes for a good fort.
 
Old 03-18-2014, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Down here. We tied a record today with a high of 88!

Miami Weather CBS Miami
Did I ever mention that I totally hate you? I mean, living your life to the fullest and then having the nerve to post not only about the fun you're having but posting about your weather as well?! Just kill me now.
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