Scientists Confirm: We Live in Earthquake Country
Today the U.S. Geological Survey released a new earthquake forecast that California will experience an earthquake 8.0-magnitude or greater within the next 30 years. Aside from the specific geological explanation about what will happen when certain faults move, most of us already know that we live in an earthquake-prone region. But psychologically, the thought of a looming disaster that could happen in five minutes or nearly a third of a lifetime from now can feel scary, daunting, and…intangible. So often times we push the thought out of our minds and focus on something that’s more pressing and timely, even though we know we should eventually get prepared for a major earthquake.
But here’s the thing about earthquake preparedness—we’re not trying hunker down in our bomb shelters as the zombie apocalypse destroys any vestige of our social structure; it’s really just about having enough food and water on hand to make nine meals, talking about what you would do in an emergency with your clan (download SF72 Make A Plan), and getting connected within your community so you can support each other when needed.
Knowledge also gives you control over the impact an earthquake can have, so knowing what to do before, during and after an earthquake; AND knowing where to get emergency public information is key. Check out the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety for simple things you can do to make yourself safer. Register for AlertSF and follow us @SF_Emergency for the emergency information DEM will be sharing so we all can get back to normal as soon as possible.
Today’s USGS forecast also comes on the 4th anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, which caused by the largest fault slip ever recorded. As we reflect upon what happened to our global neighbors in Japan four years ago today, let’s not wait until the next disaster to show how connected and prepared we are. Check out SF72.org to learn more about how to be prepared for any type of emergency; you’ll find you’re more prepared than you think. And when you’re ready for a deeper dive into emergency preparedness, consider taking the San Francisco Fire Department’s free Neighborhood Emergency Response Team training where you’ll learn hands-on disaster skills that will help those us responding to a personal emergency as well as act as members of a neighborhood response team.