With so many earthquakes, we need to "Be Prepared"

 

We’ve had nearly 140 earthquakes happen around Bluffdale, UT in the past 2 weeks. 140!

That’s a little scary. Especially since we have some seismologists who have been saying that these tiny quakes do not necessarily indicate that a big one is inevitable while others are telling us it does.

Regardless of what these little quakes could mean, we know that a large earthquake is eminent here in Utah and as Scouts, we need to be prepared!

I’m a father of 2 little children. My wife generally stays homes with them. I may not be with them when this large earthquake hits. But I can have a little piece of mind knowing that they will be ready to deal with an earthquake because we will have prepared for it. That’s what you do as a Scouting family!

So here are some good resources that will help you and your family prepare.

Be Ready Utah

This website is managed by the State of Utah. It includes information for families, business, schools, and communities on being prepared for natural disasters including earthquakes. Some highlights include:

  • What you need in your 72 hour kits

  • Evacuation recommendations

  • Pet preparedness

  • Food & water storage

  • Assisting those with special needs

  • Preparing children

Ready

“Launched in February 2003, Ready is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement. “

The page linked above provides 3 important steps to be aware of in earthquake preparedness:

  • Prepare NOW

  • Survive NOW

  • Be Safe AFTER

 

The best way to be prepared for anything is by practicing. Shake Out encourages us to practice safety techniques like Drop, Cover, and Hold On as well as Prepare, Practice, Plan.

Watch this video to get some additional ideas of what you can do to prepare for an earthquake as well as during and after one.

  • Securing decorations, light fixtures, and furniture to avoid injury

  • Keep a [72 hour] kit at home, work, and in a vehicle

    • Include medications and assistive technology devices

  • Download FEMA and local alert apps

  • During an earthquake, drop to hands and knees to avoid falling down

    • Protect yourself from debris

    • Seek protection under sturdy table, next to low furniture, an interior wall, or in a corner

  • After an earthquake, leave if building is damaged and there is a safe path to an open space

  • Use a radio to monitor for important safety information

  • If you are trapped, do not move, make noise without shouting

  • And prepare for an aftershock

Salt Lake City Emergency Management

While I know not everyone reading this will be a resident of Salt Lake City, this website will give you important information on how you can get involved in your community in emergency management. These programs and organizations include:

  • S.A.F.E. Neighborhoods

  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

  • Amateur Radio (HAM Radio)

  • Fix The Bricks

Did I miss an important link? Share it in the comments below and let folks know what else they need to be aware of to be prepared for a natural disaster here in Utah.


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