Prepared vs. Seriously Prepared™
“99.7% chance of a 6.7 magnitude or greater earthquake in California”
– U.S. Geological Survey Study
Northern Sumatra, Indonesia, 9.1, December 26, 2004
Eastern Sichuan, China, 7.9, May 12, 2008
Port au Prince, Haiti, 7.0, January 10, 2010
Maule, Chile, 8.8, February 22, 2010
Christchurch, New Zealand, 6.3, February 21, 2011
Honshu, Japan, 9.0, March 11, 2011
California, 6.7+, ????
A major earthquake will strike Southern California sometime within the next 30 years. No one knows precisely when it will happen, only that it will. It could be tomorrow, it could be next year. Are you and your family Seriously Prepared™?
When a major earthquake strikes, basic services like water and electricity will likely be lost for weeks across a very broad geography – possibly entire counties or regions. Transportation will be severely limited due to extensive damage to roadways. Grocery stores and other retail operations may be closed for days or weeks.
There’s a significant difference between being prepared for these events and being Seriously Prepared™.
Buildings and structures in Japan and New Zealand were built to the same seismic codes and standards that we have here in California, yet that didn’t prevent wide-spread destruction when large earthquakes recently struck those countries. Even in areas where structures survived the initial quake and subsequent aftershocks, residents were without shelter, water, power, sanitation and other basic services for weeks.
Disaster preparedness professionals around the world all agree that people should be prepared to go without assistance for at least one week after any major disaster. Virtually every disaster kit on the market today purports to have enough food, water and other essentials for only 72 hours, and even that is a stretch. The single most essential need is a supply of clean, fresh water for personal consumption and hygiene, at a rate of 1 gallon per person per day. Most of these so-called disaster kits have maybe three tiny 8 oz. cartons of water per person per day. The food in these disaster kits consists of a few solid block bars of some kind of concentrated nourishment, and the first aid products are little more than a few band aids and aspirin. Throw in a “space” blanket, whistle and a few other odds and ends, stuff it in either a 5-gallon plastic paint bucket or backpack, and you have virtually every disaster kit on the market today.
If you follow Survivault’s™ recommendations, you’ll have enough food, shelter, first aid, sanitation and other items to last at least a week without any assistance. That’s Seriously Prepared™.