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Are We Ready - How to Prepare Yourself

Are We Ready - How to Prepare Yourself
By: Jeff Cunningham

Experts agree, the natural disaster for which the Heartland is most at risk is a major earthquake. We all live in the New Madrid seismic zone. A very active area even if you don't feel it. In fact, just since last week five small quakes have rumbled Heartland cities along the New Madrid fault.

The fact that we don't feel the 200 or so small earthquakes we have annually in the Heartland makes some of us a bit complacent.

But experts say this area will have a major earthquake sometime in the future and those who study the potential are getting their families prepared and they say you should too.

Earthquakes happen without warning: like in San Francisco in 1906 and India in 2001. All over the world earthquakes occur and can be devastating.

Scientists at the Center for Earthquake Research and Information in Memphis explain it like this. The earth's surface is broken up into 12 to 15 huge plates. Along the edges of the plates, there is a lot of earthquake activity. We live in the center of the North American plate and this is why our area is so active. But it is still a bit of a mystery.

Most of the earthquakes around here are too small to be felt, but scientists say our percentage for having a major quake range from 7-10 percent to 25 to 40 percent. Their advice, prepare your family.

Experts say there are three important things for each of us to do. Build an emergency kit, have a emergency plan and get first aid training.

First, the emergency kit. It should contain things like canned food, flashlights, batteries, blankets, and water to sustain you for at least 72 hours. It could take that long or longer before we can expect outside help after a natural disaster. Other water sources in your home include the water heater and the tank on your toilet.

Second, have an emergency plan. Talk to your children and family members about a safety spot to go to if there is an earthquake. One suggestion is under a table or a something strong and hold on to it because it can move. Get away from large objects that would fall like chimneys and entertainment centers. Also, it's likely an earthquake could happen while kids are at school. Tell you kids who is authorized to pick them up from school and have a meeting place set in case you aren't able to contact them.

Finally, get the proper training. The American Red Cross offers training in first aid and CPR.

If you would like to buy a ready made emergency kit, the Red Cross offers them. The also offer a list of things you need in your kit if you want to make it yourself.

American Red Cross

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