Do you know what to do in an earthquake?
We’ve been living in Southern California (South Bay) for almost a year and a half now. Earthquake preparedness is a buzz word we hear often but somewhere between “triangle of life” or “magic triangle” (which, by the way is supposedly NOT the best method of protection) and “get under the desk and pray” I think I settled on “press panic button”.
Earthquakes happen frequently here and they don’t even phase me anymore. Um, except for the one we had last week.
Most of the quakes sound and feel like someone has run a truck into my garage because they are fast and loud. I usually have to check on Twitter to be sure that what I felt/heard/sensed was in fact an earthquake. Twitter is where it’s at for quake confirmation because peeps on Twitter be all “earthquake!” and then I know I’m not alone.
Last week’s 5.1 quake happened at 9:09 p.m. Pacific time according to the United States Geological Survey. I was laying on my bed and felt like I was rolling on the ocean for a good 10 seconds or so – it was incredibly unnerving and the first quake I’ve experienced where I had time to realize what was happening.
I jumped up and ran through the house yelling “earthquake, eathquake…. earthquake!!” John and I looked at each other and instantly yelled to the kids to get out of the house. RUN.
STOP! I should tell you that THIS ^^^^^ is exactly what you should NOT do in an earthquake!
We were the goofiest people on the block looking up and down the street from our front step wondering why nobody else was outside.
Here’s why we were alone….
You should NEVER run outside during an earthquake.
What SHOULD you do?
3. Hold on
This is basic earthquake preparedness and even although I think both my husband and I thought we knew what to do, in the heat of the moment we panicked and our instinct to run took over.
Our kids have been drilled on this in school but they are so conditioned to listen to us that they didn’t even question us.
I’ve joked about how stupid this all was but we were lucky and the experience was a definite wake-up call. We now have a solid plan in place and our kids have been given permission to duct tape me to the ground if I start to run.