Are You Ready?: How to Prepare for an Earthquake

Paperback | September 12, 2011

byMaggie Mooney

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A four-week program to help you and your family survive.

Major earthquakes typically happen once a year somewhere on our planet. Sometimes little damage occurs and sometimes many lives are lost. Knowing what to do before, during, and after an earthquake can save your life and help your family members and pets survive. Use this guide and the checklists inside to get ready:

  • Find your safe spots at home, at work, at school, and outdoors.
  • Develop your emergency communication plan.
  • Shake-proof your home.
  • Assemble emergency supplies
  • By following the steps in the four-week readiness program described here, you can avoid injury and ensure you have the food, water, and other essentials you need to be prepared rather than scared.

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    "A four-week program to help you and your family survive.Major earthquakes typically happen once a year somewhere on our planet. Sometimes little damage occurs and sometimes many lives are lost. Knowing what to do before, during, and after an earthquake can save your life and help your family members and pets survive. Use this guide an...

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    How to survive when the ground shakesMajor earthquakes typically happen once a year somewhere on our planet. Sometimes little damage occurs and sometimes many lives are lost. Knowing what to do before, during and after an earthquake can save your life and help your family members and pets survive. Use this guide and the checklists ins...

    Maggie Mooney is a writer, editor, and community worker. She is author of Canada's Top 100: The Greatest Athletes of All Time, and co-author of Nobel's Women of Peace. She lives on Gabriola Island, British Columbia.

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    Format:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.25 inPublished:September 12, 2011Publisher:Greystone Books Ltd.Language:English

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    Injury--not death--is the main threat from an earthquake. Most injuries happen because people don't know what to do, and suffering can continue afterwards when people are not prepared to survive without help for the many hours or days required. Emergency preparedness experts recognize that both denial (assuming a threat isn't real) and fatalism (assuming preparation won't make any difference) are common reactions that lead to taking unnecessary risks. The bottom line is that accidents--and disasters--happen. That's why we wear seat belts when we drive, and strap our children into safety seats. We're not acting out of fear, but out of love and a desire to do what is best for ourselves and our families. We never know what is going to happen next on this eventful planet. Instead of fearing what might happen, or burying our heads in the sand, we can take a healthier approach: we can prepare for the worst, then put it out of our minds and live for the best. In my research I found numerous good sources of information. However, the material tended to fall into two camps: too detailed and complicated--the survivalist handbook that tells you how to perform surgery in the middle of a blizzard and asks you to devote yourself full-time to preparation; or too bare-bones--the how-to pamphlet that provides a list of emergency kit contents but no motivating explanations or background information. Another problem with all the information available is that it overwhelms us with urgent demands to Do Something. What I offer here is a way to take control in a simple yet effective manner. By completing a few tasks each week you can prepare without exhausting yourself and terrifying your family. Emergency planning and earthquake preparedness are being done all the time at an institutional level, and this is good. But--and it's a big but--experience and the actual history of disasters have repeatedly shown that the most effective first responses and best-sustained efforts have happened at the home and local community level. What's the downside of preparing? You put time and effort into preparing and an earthquake doesn't happen in your lifetime. But you have candles ready if the power goes out, supplies in your car if you break down on the highway in winter, and an escape plan in place if your house is on fire and you need to get out quickly.We are living on a moving, breathing, constantly expanding and contracting Earth. In choosing to prepare for an earthquake you will reduce a host of anxieties and be able to answer yes to that all-important question: Are you ready?

    Table of Contents

    Introduction 1 Geology 101: Earthquake Basics2 Earthquake Psychology3 Week1: Getting Started Before an Earthquake Strikes4 Week 2: Preparing Yourself and Your Home 5 Week 3: Finding Safe Places 6 Week 4: Staying Safe in the Car and at Work 7 Beyond the Essentials: Quake-Proofing and Insuring Your Home 8 During an Earthquake9 After an EarthquakeConclusionChecklists and FormsReferencesResourcesIndex

    Editorial Reviews

    "Are You Ready? is one of those books you hope you'll never need but if you do, you'll be glad you read it. Without this book, in fact, if an earthquake happens, you could be on shaky ground." --  appealdemocrat.com