Okay so I know all of you came here today expecting something quite different for a post. You thought I’d post some super awesome drink or boozy food, but alas last night my world was shaken, literally! Now I’ve lived to tell the tale, but I’ll admit I might not have handled it so gracefully in the moment. They all seemed like they were very little up to this point. I was not prepared, but I am here to help you be prepared in case of an emergency.
That is the size of the earthquakes near my house yesterday. The first one would have been nothing to me, because I’ve felt bigger. I would have quickly recognized it as an earthquake and moved on with my life. The second though was larger than expected, and it was certainly larger than I had experienced. I was terrified. At first, it sounded like the air conditioner was kicking on but louder than usual. Then it sounded like someone was breaking into my house. Then the entire thing started to shake and I would swear looked like something out of a Dr. Suess book from my angle down below. I had crawled out of the bed and into a safe place after all. It was shaking and looked like it was rocking back and forth. I picked up the phone and immediately called the love of my life, who I should have let be, but sometimes in a panic I make crazy decisions.
Panic is not something that any of us need to do in an emergency situation, but it’s sometimes unavoidable it we are unsure of what to do. That’s why I went to ready.gov and checked out these steps. I wasn’t wholly unprepared last night. I had gotten myself to a safe spot before I called Beeble. I was going to be fine. The shaking just wouldn’t stop. I still felt like the ground was shaking long after it stopped, and it might have been slightly since there were two more little aftershocks shortly after plus another this morning. The truth is though that preparedness is an important thing in these situations. We have to all be prepared before and after an earthquake to know what to do. They happen unexpectedly and there is no warning, but you can be prepared.
Ready.gov has a great list of things to do before, during, and after listed on their site. These are things that need to be discussed with your family members. They need to be evaluated at least once a year for preparedness and safety. Don’t let the situation panic you. Your survival has a lot to do with keeping your head about you.