Are We Ready - How to Prepare Yourself
By: Jeff Cunningham
the natural disaster for which the
eartland is most at risk is a major earthquake.
e all live in the
adrid seismic zone.
very active area even if you don't feel it.
n fact, just since last week five small quakes have rumbled
eartland cities along the
he fact that we don't feel the 200 or so small earthquakes we have annually in the
eartland makes some of us a bit complacent.
ut 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
arthquakes happen without warning
: like in S
ll over the world earthquakes occur and can be devastating.
cientists at the
emphis explain it like this
he earth's surface is broken up into 12 to 15 huge plates.
long the edges of the plates, there is a lot of earthquake activity.
e live in the center of the
merican plate and
this is why
our area is so active
. But it
is still a bit of a mystery.
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.
prepare your family.
xperts say there are three important things for each of us to do
uild an emergency kit, have a emergency plan and get first aid training.
irst, the emergency kit.
t should contain things like canned food, flashlights, batteries, blankets, and water to sustain you for at least 72 hours.
take that long or longer before we can expect outside help after a natural disaster.
ther water sources in your home include the water heater and the
tank on your toilet.
econd, have an emergency plan.
alk to your
and family members about a safety spot to go to if there is an earthquake.
One suggestion is u
nder a table or a something strong and hold on to it because it can move.
et away from large objects that would fall like chimneys and entertainment centers.
lso, it's likely an earthquake could happen while kids are at school.
ell 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.
inally, get the proper training.
ross offers training in first aid and
f you would like to buy a ready made emergency kit, the
ross offers them.
The also offer
a list of things you need in your kit if you want to make it yourself.