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California Quakes

Shaking things up in Cali

From the 4th of July to the 6th of July 2019, there has been reports of over 5,000 earthquakes. With all the quakes, Californians have started to buy anything they think will help them prepare for “The Big One”. I am all about preparing – obviously, but there are a couple of things that should be kept in mind before you buy out the stores.

I am conflicted because I want to go into detail and discuss all the ins and outs of preparing for an earthquake; but I also want people to take my course so that they can get hands on experience. As a citizen of the community, it is my duty to help my fellow humans.

For this blog, I am not going to get into specifics of what to have or what to buy. I am going to go over some basic info that has been posted on the web and some info that I have learned from others. Let’s start with what to do if an earthquake his and you are affected.

If you are inside when an earthquake hits, stay inside (If you are inside, stop, drop, cover avoid doorways and stay inside). If you are outside during an earthquake, stay outside. Stay away from elevators during and after quakes. Be aware of the topography of the area, that cool looking thousand-pound boulder on the top of the hill may come down and bring its friends with it. There may be powerlines down, busted water lines, and potential gas leaks in the aftermath of a quake.


Are you or anyone around you seriously injured? Are you trapped in a building or vehicle? If you are trapped remember that a whistle is louder, and the sound travels farther than yelling.

If not, do not call 911, first responders are going to be busy with serious casualties. 

Don’t worry, FEMA is on the way, kinda. If FEMA makes their way to the casualty area, they will more than likely set up near a large city or central area. If you live off the beaten path, you may have to commute to get aid. You will also have to compete with all your neighbors.

Keep in mind that desperation and fear may bring out the worst in people, be part of the solution and not part of the problem.

The Red Cross, FEMA, and a lot of community outreach programs will say to have about three days of food per person, and 1 gallon of water per person per day.

I personally have more than that, because I have seen the track record of these relief programs. Then there are the needs of pets, they need food and water also. If there are people with special needs, their safety and needs may take a little more planning.

So, what to buy, that will depend on your needs and home set up. Do you need a flashlight or a lantern? Do you have a place to go if your home is marked as condemned? Is your home safe, but you have no power, water, or gas? How do you plan to cook if you have no power? What are you going to do all day with no power? Do you have a generator? If you do and you run it, your neighbors will hear it. Will they be a problem? Do you have a bug-out bag?

Here is the breakdown of the things to think about before California breaks off and falls into the ocean. It is a good idea to have at least three days’ worth of food and water for every member of the family, including pets. A light source to help you navigate in the dark. Have a power source that can run a refrigerator and charge a cell phone is a handy thing to have. Having a bug-out bag is a good idea if you must leave in the middle of the night.

If you want to learn more contact me and schedule a seminar.

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