I found a few facts on the website: 1) Earthquakes have produced over $55 billion in losses in
The website also listed seven steps to earthquake safety. 1. Identify potential hazards in your home and begin to fix them. 2. Create a disaster plan. 3. Create disaster supplies kits. 4. Identify your building's potential weaknesses and begin to fix them. 5. Protect yourself during earthquake shaking. 6. Check for injuries and damage. 7. When safe, follow your disaster plan. Not bad for newbies but a pretty lame site for people who prepare anyway.
Perhaps this is even a way to get some people to think about preparing for TEOTWAWKI. Of course, this website also talks about if it's declared a disaster area FEMA will provide housing, food, etc. I wouldn't want to rely on FEMA, would you?
There were cool maps that showed the probability of earthquakes happening as well as past earthquakes. I'm happy to say we live in a very low probability area. http://www.shakeout.org/centralsouth/ (there's a dropdown box to choose other areas in the state) Even with this in mind, I am earthquake prepared. We have food stored in more than one location on the property. We have the ability to turn off the propane at the tank and at the house. We can eat even if there isn't electricity to run the refrigerator or freezer. We can preserve what's in the freezer so it won't go to waste. The china cabinet is bracketed to the wall. So are the bookcases. We don't have pictures hanging above our heads at the beds. The water heater is strapped in.
I don't have latches on the cabinet doors. If we get a good quake dishes and glasses will come out of the cabinet. Oh well, I don't want to have to unlatch the doors. On the other hand, if we lived somewhere with a little higher probability of a quake, the doors would have latches.
Whether it's fire, earthquake, or some other instant disaster, preparedness brings peace of mind.