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From Anchor Christine Devine

How I Learned I’m Not Ready For An Earthquake

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Crraasshhh!  After being shaken awake by an earthquake Monday morning I then heard "ccrrassshhh!" A glass framed poster fell from my family room wall and shards sprayed in all directions. It was a reminder that I was not as quake ready as I thought. Come to think of it, I bet the food in my quake kit is expired too.

That begs the question, how quake ready are you? We all know we live in quake country. The quake Monday was only a 4.4 but we've heard the warnings The Big One is coming. I take pride in being fairly prepared for a So-Cal quake.  After all, I produced a series for Fox 11 on quake readiness. Still, when the poster fell from the wall, and a small glass frame fell from a shelf, I realized a chink in the armor. Way too many unprotected glass breakables. I have a room full of photos, posters, albums, and memorabilia on the walls and shelves. All of it in glass frames. I'm not so worried about the items, but my three beloved dogs walking all over broken glass. I'm probably among the few Angelenos who had any "damage", but the thought of my babies with bloody paws and in pain has me frightened into reality.

On Monday morning, when the quake hit at 6:55 AM I was home, luckily.  I grabbed some extra shoes and store under a bed just for this purpose and locked the dogs in a bedroom. Had I not been home they would have been running all through the glass. Shards and pieces flew in all directions. You know how it is when glass breaks. There are specks and tiny chunks all over. I'm not trying to sound hysterical or over react, but I am asking you to think about where you might have trouble spots. If you have babies, do you have diapers in your quake kit. If you take medicine do you have an extra bottle in your kit. My "hubby" asked to review our "family plan", where to meet in the event of The Big One and phones are down. I take quake readiness seriously after a colleague was displaced for two-weeks after the Northridge Quake. This Shamrock Shaker has me wanting to take down all of the unsecured breakables or do a major quake-ready upgrade (new picture hangers, quake putty, plastic frames.)

My series of stories is on our website. I learned things like:

  • Know your neighbors beforehand as they are the ones who may come to your aid
  • Put pictures of your pets in a quake kit in case they run away and need to be identified
  • Water, water, water in your quake kit
  • Have comfort items in your kit, like games to entertain children
  • Next time you're at the 99-Cent store or Target start stocking up on kit items
  • Throw items in a big plastic bin for an easy quake kit

It's easy to make light of the 4.4. It's easy to post a selfie. But quake experts remind us if AND when The Big One hits we'll be glad we're the ones who've taken steps to be somewhat ready.

Here are two of the stories from my series:

Start Your Own Quake Kit

Quake Ready For Your Pets

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