It’s been thirty years since the people in the Bay Area of California witnessed what a 6.9 magnitude earthquake can do to a city. On October 17th, 1989, at 5:04 pm, the earth shook for fifteen seconds. During those fifteen seconds, buildings toppled, a section of the upper deck of the Bay Bridge collapsed, gas lines burst, and sixty-three people were killed. The Loma Prieta earthquake was a frightening moment in the Bay Area’s history and serves as a reminder to always be prepared for a disaster. More recent disasters around the world, such as the massive typhoon and earthquake in Tokyo, wildfires in California, and hurricanes in the southern states, also remind us to always be prepared. Why? Because natural disasters don’t announce their arrival; they just show up!
What are some ways that you can prepare for a disaster? The American Red Cross, a disaster preparedness and relief organization, lists three simple ways to be prepared:
1) Get a kit.
Getting or making a disaster preparedness kit means that you’re always ready if something should happen. Check out their list of essential supplies here.
2) Make a plan.
Making a plan for who to contact, where to meet, and what to do when a disaster strikes is essential. Make a plan with your family so everyone knows exactly what they need to do in case of an emergency.
3) Be informed.
Information is key when it comes to disasters. What are the major natural disasters that affect your area? What should you do to protect yourself if these disasters strike? Who are your emergency contacts?
How are you prepared for a disaster? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas.