Are you prepared for an emergency or natural disaster?

L.A. Times 2012/12/06 19:56:51
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For decades, scientists have assumed the central portion of California's San Andreas fault acts as a barrier that prevents a big quake in the southern part of the state from spreading to the north, and vice versa. As a result, a mega-quake that could be felt from San Diego to San Francisco was widely considered impossible.

But that key fault segment might not serve as a barrier in all cases, researchers wrote Wednesday in the online edition of the journal Nature.

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  • Drue-AFCL 2013/01/10 19:28:02
    As prepared as one can get. I am also an active member and volunteer with CERT and the RED CROSS.

    Downey CERT

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  • Bronar 2013/01/14 01:17:25
    As much as I can be.
  • ♣Tanor Zeta Fa'ux♣ 2013/01/13 21:21:45
    ♣Tanor Zeta Fa'ux♣
    Earthquakes may happen anywhere on the continent, not necessarily on major fault lines. There's roughly 4 fault lines that runs through Pennsylvania, a couple more than that in New Jersey, and numerous other fault lines across the east coast. The land is also gets harder and more solid the closer you go towards the Atlantic Rift. Thus the solidness of land affects earthquake potential energy.

    There's also a pretty big chance for a strong earthquake along the faults of the East Coast, and the amount of faults are numerous. So no matter where you live, disaster can always strike. Be prepared and be aware. Irene & Sandy double whammied the East coast, there's no reason not to believe another one will happen.

    This goes for earthquakes too. The one that cracked the Washington Monument and felt as far as the border of Canada, was one of those potentials. South Carolina has a good chance for another potential. California is just one of many potential zones (and more predictable, the ones that aren't so predictable are the ones to look out for).
  • ehrhornp 2013/01/13 20:21:07
    Can one truly be prepared for an emergency?
  • sjalan 2013/01/13 15:34:27
    It will be tough for about 6 months buy my grandchildren will survive.
  • S. Gompers 2013/01/13 13:05:29
    S. Gompers
    I am also an EMT.

    Some may want to go through IS 22 and maybe a few others to see how prepared they are.

  • Zazzy 2013/01/13 06:30:16
    I have a backpack filled with medical supplies, sanitation supplies, nonperishable food (my dad is in the navy and he's given me a couple unused mre's ), basic camping supplies (rope, knife, lighter, matches, flint, emergancy blanket, etc), extra socks/other necessities, pepper spray, and the all important flare, (i also have some other things to keep me busy but they're there so I don't go crazy with boredom if I'm stuck for a prolonged period somewhere) that's all just in case there's a fire and we need to leave without anything else, our basement has water, more mre's and extra blankets for when we have to go down there (we are in southern Michigan so we experience at least a few tornados each year).
  • DDogbreath 2013/01/13 05:03:04
    I always wanted "Ocean Front Property in Arizona"...

  • Nicholas DeShane 2013/01/12 23:45:00
  • Kat ♪ ~ ♪ 2013/01/12 17:25:17
    Kat ♪ ~ ♪
    CERT, Skywarn, ARES, amateur radio, generator, to a greater degree than most.
  • mikeyavelli 2013/01/12 17:16:52
    aspirin and hollow points. i'm all set.
  • JET 2013/01/12 14:57:28
    I'll just play it by ear and hope for the best. Some things just can't be prepared for.
  • El Prez 2013/01/12 06:49:58
    El Prez
    Live here, got to be prepared!
  • Dark Dragon Goddess 2013/01/12 03:59:59
    Dark Dragon Goddess
    I'm pretty sure I'd be on my computer trying to see what was going on. Unless I see something visible. States that aren't usually effected by such things usually wouldn't know how to act if it occurred.
  • SuperTrooper 2013/01/12 03:57:50
    But I live in Texas
  • Diddley Squat 2013/01/12 02:44:04
    Diddley Squat
    But I don't live in California....
  • t.eliot, topbard 2013/01/11 22:43:00
    t.eliot, topbard
    Here in Seattle we're in an EQ zone too, and I'm fully unprepared.
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2013/01/11 19:56:25
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    Semi prepared. I will be more prepared in a few weeks.
  • Mike 2013/01/11 18:38:40
    and it's something of great concern to me, even though I'm a long way from CA !
  • cinbadl 2013/01/11 18:37:16
  • Mo 2013/01/11 18:20:37
    As far as supplies etc. that I could do ( maybe should do) immediately. But it's kind of ironic this question came up, because I was thinking this morning that I need to take some first aid course, as well as self defense. Just in general, I was thinking that I need concentrate on self-sufficiency skills. It's that kind of atmosphere.
  • Bibliophilic 2013/01/11 18:08:39
    No, but at least I live at the top of a hill. I'd be stranded, but it's highly unlikely that I'd be underwater. After the hurricane comes everyone at the bottom of the hill is flooded, but my house is fine.
  • FatherLiberty 2013/01/11 17:55:34
    I am prepared, but you can never be prepared enough.
  • sally 2013/01/11 17:50:36
    I wish I could say I was but the only thing close preparedness is an emergency kit with bandaids, medicine, and other basic safety things. I don't know if there is some natural disaster waiting to happen where I live, I know in a nearby city they have a couple of houses over some faults (overlooked because of the "beautiful" view) but other than that I don't think there's an impending quake or tornado about to happen.
  • pjobrien 2013/01/11 16:08:30
    I live in North Dakota where we experience winter storms and blizzards. We are raised to be prepared (that is if we were fortunate enough to have smart parents, and I was.)
    On a side note, today on the news the reporter stated something to the effect that California was having a cold snap with wind chills in the 30's. When the temperature is 30 degress in ND, I don't even wear a coat. The story made me smile.
  • zfeint pjobrien 2013/01/11 16:48:27 (edited)
    Then why, when I was out,
    there did people ask me why I was wearing shorts and flipflops when it was -10? No wind, thankfully.
  • Michael 2013/01/11 15:38:27
    Yes, I have enough wine to make it through!
  • Lady Whitewolf 2013/01/11 14:48:14
    Lady Whitewolf
    I've noticed that the "ring of Fire" has been unusually active lately....
  • AM 2013/01/11 14:14:25
  • Flowers 2013/01/11 13:58:11
    Honestly, not even close. I need more food and water. That is my resolution, to be more prepared.
  • carlton999 2013/01/11 13:00:17
    If a quake that big happens in CA there is not much any one will be able to do about it. Will not matter how much you prepare there would not be many survivors.
  • Mel the Witch POTL PWCM~JLA 2013/01/11 11:52:13
    Mel the Witch POTL PWCM~JLA
    Yes Have to admit after Sandy, I enjoyed watching the Liberal "Bama" supporting neighbors. Miserable, while we were happy with our Generator, lights, and barbecuing steaks, sharing with our Conservative neighbors!!!
  • Paul 2013/01/11 10:24:09
    why should i be..?
  • OBEY 2013/01/11 09:39:03
    The question is: Are we prepared for a Third World War?
  • sundance OBEY 2013/01/11 14:35:51
    A truly massive earthquake, like the one predicted for the Wasatch front and/or the San Andreas, will look very much like WW3. Should this event play out anything as predicted, we are talking about a continent shifting event. Among the events reported that day will be the estimated thousand foot surf, and the lateral ground shift of nearly one half mile. Also, the liquefaction of the ground under most of central and southern California, that follows shortly after. All in all, I think it will look very much like a war zone. Should anyone survive the event, they will be talking about this one for a very (very) long time....Just a thought...

    PS...Best preparations? Firearms and water, as you will definitely be needing both...
  • Mary Mary 2013/01/11 09:23:46
    Mary Mary
    We had floods and we were ok so nothing else comes here.
  • Rude I3itch 2013/01/11 06:37:38
    Rude I3itch
    but I should be I've been so worried over earthquakes lately:(
  • American Nate 2013/01/11 05:44:54
    American Nate
    Not for Earthquakes anyway. Its not Hurricane Season right now so im good.

    hurricane season
  • Greatki... America... 2013/01/11 14:46:30
    Amen. That's the major fear when living in the Caribbean and nearby.
  • America... Greatki... 2013/01/11 15:12:26
    American Nate
    you get hit all the time with the strip of islands with St. Lucia, like every time a hurricane goes to the gulf of mexico from africa it hits those strip of islands as a Cat 4 or 5.
  • Greatki... America... 2013/01/11 16:56:08
    Yup, but I think it's higher up like Jamaica or Haiti when it turns Category 5; average is C 3 and THANK GOD last year was a relatively quiet season, despite the opposite predictions.

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