This is a friendly reminder for ALL of you to register for the 2018 ShakeOut drill!
I recently returned from the lovely Hawaiian Island of Maui. So beautiful and in some places even exotic. Covered with lovely beaches, including those with black sand. Surrounded by majestic mountains that are taller than most of the clouds that filtered around the island.
Yes, Maui’s landscape and people are AMAZING but, throughout my visit I kept having a gnawing feeling of concern with this destination. For an island that has a huge tourism industry and thousands of residents that live within a mile to their shores, I saw no obvious disaster preparedness or safety information regarding evacuation routes in the event of an earthquakes or tsunami.
If a hurricane hit your home today would have an evacuation plan? If you awoke in the middle of the night to the earth trembling and your home shaking violently- would you know what to do? Green skies are often the first warning of a tornado coming – where should you go? Dangerous chemicals were let in to the air following a train derailment near your home – would you know what to do and where to get credible information for either evacuation or sheltering in place?
There are so many disaster scenarios that specialists in the field of “community safety” are figuring out strategies and how to get the best prevention and help in place in case of the big “WHAT IF” does happen.
In the interest of public safety I will be posting as series of articles about how to PREPARE for potential disasters AND also incorporate resources. The information also will look at the statistics behind the most common disasters. For today, let’s start with TWO very real disasters that face many worldwide – earthquakes and tornadoes.
You may think that earthquakes are only on the west coast of the United States or in remote mountain regions of Asia. But, that simply is false. Earthquakes happen in almost every state in the US and throughout the world, from the island of Japan to mountains of China. In fact, earthquakes can occur anytime, anywhere. Just ask the people of Washington DC who experienced a good size earthquake 5.8 in 2011 (The epicenter was in Virginia). Click here to find your area and see if you were in the location of where more than one million registered earthquakes occurred this year. (Approximately 13,000 were a 4.0 or higher). States with the most earthquakes? Alaska and California have the most (no surprise) but you may not have thought of Utah as a top earthquake location?
Update: Sadly tornado “season” has been wicked during 2015, therefore I am re – blogging this post that originally posted in 2013. At the bottom of this post is additional safety resources including for earthquake, flood, hurricane, tsunami and wildfire preparedness.