Ever since the Japan earthquake/tsunami/nuclear fallout last week I’ve been riddled with anxiety. I do live in Los Angeles, California, the earthquake capital of the United States. Ok, perhaps it’s a battle with San Francisco, but whatever. We’re both in (the fault) line for “The Big One.”
When I moved to L.A. I used to wake up in the middle of the night, thinking an earthquake could just happen. At the time I was single and living alone on the second floor of a rickety apartment building in Hollywood. My disaster preparedness plan consisted of going into a doorway. I might’ve had some bottled water and a flashlight. Somewhere.
When I had one baby, I experienced a couple of pretty substantial earthquakes that went on long enough for me to be thoroughly freaked out. I went through a phase where I stocked up on a few items in case of a disaster, but I haven’t renewed that stash or checked on it in a long time.
Really, we’ve never actually discussed our actual ‘plan’ for what we’d do in case of an emergency. The other night, I looked at T and presented a scenario: What would we do in the event of an earthquake now that we have two small children?
The best we could come up with was to grab the kids and duck under the dining room table.. Actually T’s dillusion is that we’d pile everyone onto his motorcycle and get outta dodge: Shnook would go on the gas tank and Fuzz would be in a backpack on me.
Sound like a plan?
I figured it was time to do a little research.
First of all, I’m going to take a C.E.R.T. training class. C.E.R.T. stands for Community Emergency Response Team. This should help me feel more secure in my disaster preparedness. However, until that class starts, I’ve downloaded this lengthy PDF about how to prepare for an earthquake and its aftermath. Looking through it is making me a little more anxious, especially with visions of family members catching on fire, etc. However, I feel in this case the ‘ignorance is bliss’ theory is kind of null and void, don’t you agree? It’s not just about me anymore.
Additionally, there are disaster kits you can purchase online for babies and families, like the one pictured above. These kits might make the planning a little easier.
Whether you live in earthquake country, a frequent hurricane path or a tornado zone–Are you prepared for an emergency in your house?