Prepping for a shaker

I lived in LA for about 8 years on and off so I’m used to living with the threat of earthquakes and even went through a few mid-sized ones. Now, with the 100th anniversary of the big 1906 quake here in the bay area only a few weeks away, I’m seeing tons of spots here and there on TV and on the web. Lots of scare pieces and chicken little stories to say the least. What I did have back in LA that I don’t have here is my own personal earthquake kit. I have some minor preparations just in case but nothing that would really save my ass if we had a really nasty one. So in the spirit of not getting screwed I’m going to start putting together a decent quake kit this week. To that end I did a little research tonight and found this great page called “Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country” (also available as a PDF). It’s got a lot of really good info on local projections on earthquakes and common sense tips on what to do and what not to do. It’s also got some pretty funny illustrations. There are a lot of things I’d forgotten since leaving LA and if you live here you probably have too. It’s a good refresher for everyone. As I put my kit together this week I’ll post other cool links I find about resources in and around the city, just in case. And if you have anything you’d recommend please post it in the comments.

USGS Preparedness & Response Links

4 Comments so far

  1. cd (unregistered) on March 28th, 2006 @ 8:46 am

    what i’d love to know is where and the hell we evacuate to once the shaker is over. looking up at the tangled, wired streets of san francisco makes me wonder just how well thought-out all this public trans is. between muni bus and train lines, power lines, lightpoles, and the fronts of likely code violating buildings – eek. not cool.


  2. joann Landers (unregistered) on March 28th, 2006 @ 9:25 am

    KTVU.com Channel 2 news has 18 of the hundreds of new photos from the 1906 Earthquake. Check out their site.

    http://www.ktvu.com/index.html


  3. joann Landers (unregistered) on March 28th, 2006 @ 12:03 pm
  4. Jason D- (unregistered) on March 28th, 2006 @ 12:05 pm

    Hehe, I was watching that newscast while I was writig this post last night. My bad for not linking to the pics. Thanks for the links! They are pretty amazing shots!



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