Californians are thinking about earthquake preparedness this week, as we observe the 27th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake that rocked the Bay area, causing 67 deaths and $7 billion in damage. The state is encouraging people to make sure they have a plan, and have the essentials in place for the aftermath of another major earthquake.
Over 10.6 million people are participating in the 2016 California ShakeOut at 10:20am, making it the world's largest earthquake drill. During the next big earthquake, and immediately after, is when your level of preparedness will make a difference in how you and others survive and can respond to emergencies. At 10:20am, participants will drop to the floor, take cover, and hold on as the simulating earthquake passes over the course of 60 seconds. Anyone can participate, and people are encouraged to practice their response wherever they happen to be at 10:20am.
Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill authorizing a funding plan for an early warning system. Even as the state plans preparation programs, emergency response experts stress the need for each individual and family to have the essentials in place for the aftermath of the next major quake.
We recommend the options at The Earthquake Bag- you can find all-encompassing home bags with food, water, first aid, communication, warmth and light, and tools for survival. Experts say that having an earthquake bag in all the places that you spend a major portion of time is the best way to help work through the complicated aftermath of a major quake.