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You are getting a good night sleep and are happily dreaming, when all of a sudden you are thrown out of bed. You feel disoriented and confused. Your wife is screaming and the kids are crying. You get to your feet and try to find a flashlight. Now this is easy because you kept one in the dresser next to your bed. The batteries are in good shape and you look around and realize you have been hit with an earthquake.
What do you do next? You check on your wife and kids. After you have calmed them down and treated them for minor injuries, you start to look around. …Read More...
A severe earthquake is one of the most frightening and destructive phenomena of nature. An earthquake is a sudden, rapid shaking of the earth, caused by the breaking and shifting of subterranean rock. This is caused by strains that have accumulated over time. Earthquakes give no warnings and can cause terrible damage.
I have been thinking about earthquakes lately and in doing some research, ran across some maps of earthquake prone areas. Here is the link, http://www.fema.gov/earthquake/earthquake-hazard-maps. As you can see earthquakes can occur in most states and seem to be occurring more frequently.
Here are some basic guidelines to help you prepare for a possible earthquaHke.…Read More...
In light of the earthquake on the east coast, I though now may be the time to post some reminders about earthquake safety.
• Drop, cover, and hold on. Move only a few steps to a nearby safe place. Most people
injured in earthquakes move more than ten feet during the shaking.
• If you are elderly or have a mobility impairment, remain where you are, bracing
yourself in place.
• If you are in bed, stay there, hold on, and protect your head with a pillow. You are
less likely to be injured if you stay in bed. …
In case of an earthquake, fire, or gas leak it is important that you know how to turn off the natural gas at the meter. First know where your gas meter is located. If you live in an apartment there may be several meters, find out before hand which is yours. Do not shut off the gas unless you smell gas, hear gas escaping, or see a broken gas line or if you suspect a gas leak.
It is really pretty simple to turn the gas off. There is a valve on the pipe coming into the meter that takes a quarter turn to shut it off. …Read More...