Pasadena Star News Reports additional 100,000 sign up for 11/13/08 Shake Out Event after last Tuesdays Chino Hills shaker.
Are you ready for the big one? I have reservations on how emotionally ready we can be for the actual shaking, but we certainly can plan on being a survivor. That is what the November 13 Great Shake Out is all about. You can still sign up for the Great Shake Out. More information can be found on their Home Page.
The entire event is based on the USGS 7.8 Quake Scenario issued this spring that forecasts East LA and the SGV could be particularly hard hit. Our own Wil Wheaton gave you notice of that forecast HERE earlier this year. I’ve been in LA long enough to be a bit cynical about the constant rolling dates predicted for the big one, but still take the likelihood serious and prepare to be a survivor.
After Northridge I learned the hard way you can’t plan enough for surviving afterwards. Somethings I didn’t take serious enough, like bolting tall objects to a wall. Other things like what should go into an EQ Kit that aren’t on a list is the tough one. If you have kids make sure you have their preferred dry foods, formula, diapers, blanky and a stuffed animal in the kit. Have money, cold hard cash in your kit as when power and phone lines are down your ATM and credit cards won’t work.
If you do have an EQ kit in place, check it to make sure everything works and food/water have not expired. If they have expired or don’t work replace them. Its easy to forget that part when we haven’t had any shakes in a while.
Other things I do at least quarterly is replace the water (2-10 gallon bottles) in my garage. I add a sterilization tablet as well to keep the water from getting nasty.
The big one that is easy to forget is check the straps stabilizing the tall heavy furniture in the house. Those rubberized straps dry out and weaken as they get older. I check at least once a year. I ArmorAll them to help keep them flexible. Those that are showing signs of cracking get replaced. At $20-25 per set it is worth the investment as the alternative is getting beat to death and buried by the big stuff. The pic is by me, it is one of 3 straps on the armoire anchoring it into studs in the wall.
See you at the Shake Out?