On Thursday. October 19th over 38 million people worldwide will be participating in one of the largest coordinated emergency preparedness drills, ShakeOut Thursday.
On Thursday, at 10:19 a.m. venues around the world will be participating in the Great ShakeOut earthquake preparedness drills. So far, 38 million people worldwide have committed to taking part in the drill. Some 9.5 million are planning to get involved in California.
Are you Prepared?
Hopefully, you aren’t one of the people who believe the government is going to be there to help you when the shit hits the fan. If you are, take a look at FEMA’s video promoting the event…
Inspires confidence, huh?
You need to be Prepared to Act on your own!
If you live in a known earthquake zone, you need to take earthquake preparedness seriously. There are a number of safety precautions you can take to protect yourself and minimize damages. Here are some tips from my book, The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World:
- Put together an emergency kit/bug out bag that’s filled with the supplies you need to survive an extended disaster.
- Firmly secure large appliances, water heaters, heavy objects, mounted televisions, and anything that can fall and cause injury during a quake. Most home improvement stores sell earthquake straps, bolts, and other stabilizing equipment.
- Remove any large items that are near your bed such as mirrors, picture frames, and artwork.
- Install safety latches on cabinets to prevent them from opening during a quake.
- Have an evacuation plan in place that includes a way to contact everyone in your family should the quake hit when you’re separated.
- Practice your emergency evacuation plan on a regular basis. Everyone in your family should know exactly what to do when disaster strikes.
- Keep your cell phone nearby at all times and make sure it’s always fully charged.
Also, take a look at our Natural Disaster Emergency Preparedness Checklist.