This past Wednesday on October 29, the Temple City High School Media Center played host to an open community event, an informational talk on earthquake preparedness.
An American Red Cross representative, Susan Perez, came to speak about being safe during a crisis, as well as the tools and preparations needed beforehand.
“What a disaster is,” Perez said, “is when nature gives too much of a good thing.”
The state of California is prone to the earthquake natural disaster. California is split
by an 800 mile-long rift in the ground called the “San Andreas Fault.” These uneven tectonic plates which es-sentially “float” around in the earth shift sometimes, causing a grand-scale earthquake in California roughly every 150 years.
According to Perez, seismologists are predicting the occurrence of up to a 7.8 earthquake in our near future. In order to prep Californians, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has instituted a statewide “Shakeout Drill” that will take place on November 13 at 10 a.m.
All involved businesses, schools and corporations will simultaneously take part in an earthquake simulation. Participants will “drop, cover, and hold on” as though a real earthquake were taking place. This is meant to increase awareness and establish a set plan of action for an actual crisis.
As for preparation in individual homes, Perez
brought a hands-on example of an “earthquake essential,” an emergency supplies backpack. From glow-sticks to rain ponchos, an emergency supplies pack is meant to include enough to provide fully throughout every case scenario. The supply pack also included water-lots of it. Perez emphasized the importance of water consumption and hydration, noting that each person should have one gallon per day.
“It’s the 3-3-3 rule” Perez said, “A hu-man can only survive three minutes without air, three days without water, and three weeks without food. Make sure you have everything you need and enough for everyone in an emergency.”
If you would like more information on earth-quake or other emergency preparedness, you can go online to http://www.redcrossLA.org.
“If people are prepared” Perez said, “they don’t have to be frightened.”
This article was written by Katie Brown. It was published in the Temple City Voice on November 5, 2008.