Although we are a professional lifeguard provider, does not mean we don’t know a thing or two about earthquake preparedness. In fact many of our staffers are firefighters who have extensive experience in earthquake preparedness and safety training via CERT.
If you have been watching or listening to the news, you have probably been hearing a lot about the many major earthquakes occurring in the world especially in Southern Japan which is adjacent to the ring of fire. Just today as we write there has been another major quake in Japan registering as a 7.1 to 7.4 magnitude event. You can read the story here, http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/15/asia/japan-earthquake/index.html
We can’t begin to stress the importance of preparedness as Southern California has not experienced any major activity however that could change in a second. With a city that is constantly on the move, an earthquake of a magnitude 7 or greater will wreak havoc on millions of Angelenos. We could not imagine being caught in downtown Los Angeles or perhaps the Wilshire district with high rises looming overhead.
So if you are one of those individuals or families that have not begun to prepare, just know that you may be running out of time to do so. Those who have have not prepared have the most to lose in a major quake and will most likely be the ones who overburden emergency services.
So what happens when a major quake hits the region? We can say for sure that the power grid will definitely go down leaving perhaps hundreds of thousands of people without critical power. Just today for example the San Fernando Valley is experiencing high winds and those winds have already knocked out power for up to 32,000 LADWP customers in the valley. Think about that for a moment…that is only wind gusts capable of that. An earthquake will be far more destructive and disruptive. Without power no one will be able to purchase groceries, purchase fuel or other crucial items. During the 1994 Northridge earthquake, we remember that power in some areas was down for almost a week while crews attempted to restore power.
We could go on and on with scenario after scenario but let’s talk about preparedness. What do you have in your preparedness kits? Are you prepared? Have you even thought about it or are you going to just take your chances?
In the coming weeks we will be producing many blogs and videos on how you can prepare. We will feature product reviews and demonstrations aimed at empowering those who seek to prepare for the major disaster we know is coming.