Monthly Archives: August 2015

Remembering the Napa Earthquake

Last August, we wrote a blog about the earthquake that happened in Napa the crumbled the facades of many historic buildings. Today we look back to see how far we’ve come since the 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck at 3:20 am on Aug. 24, 2014. There will be a commemorative event today in Napa at Veterans park starting at 3:20 pm with speakers, music, and emergency preparedness information. For us in San Francisco, the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management reminds you that gathering your emergency supplies and updating your plans on the anniversary of an event like the Napa Earthquake is a great way to show your support for the people injured and killed during this tragic event.

“Napa Strong 6.0/365” will take place at Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Napa. The event, coordinated by the City of Napa, Napa County and the Napa Valley Unified School District will focus on progress in recovery from the quake and preparation for future emergencies.

Getting Zen about the Mill Valley Earthquake

Yes, yesterday’s earthquake was only a measly 3.3-magnitude that occurred 6.5 miles off the coast of Mill Valley, but thousands of people felt it, and they are still thinking about it.

Does a little appetizer earthquake like this mean the big one is coming?
Well sadly, we don’t know, and you should know that we don’t know. People at public events often approach us mentioning Karen Schulz’s chilling article on earthquakes “The Really Big One” and movies like San Andreas were a combination scientific evidence and a lot creativity make us think that every event is a pre-shock. With all of these sometimes true and mythical ideas floating around, we ask that you stay zen about it. What does zen mean when it comes to thinking about earthquakes?

Look past the illusion created by the scary yet fun Hollywood versions of earthquakes. Know the science and confront it head on. We live in an area prone to earthquakes large and small, they are what shape this beautiful space we live in, and tear it apart. Know that you can take precautions to protect yourself, your family, and your friends. You can do it today, one small step at a time. Start with something like water, then move to food, first aid kits, and flashlights. Accept that you cannot do it all at once and that the items will change and expire. This is part of the process of being prepared. Take a deep breath and let the fear roll away and look forward to how you can help your family and your community.