It’s not surprising that we’re seeing these sorts of “calls” to increase earthquake preparedness in CA. And, people should be taking this time to look at their preparations and update them where needed. To be sure, the governments will never be as prepared as they need to be, as it costs real money to make the proper preps and money is scarce in CA right now.
If you like in a location that has a history of earthquakes you should be making sure that your preps are up to date. We’re clearly seeing an increase in dangerously strong earthquakes around the globe. Even though scientists say that these quakes aren’t related, I would say that since they have no ability to predict a quake they cannot be certain that these quakes are unrelated. I’m not trashing the earthquake science, only making an observation that this is a very complex system and we simply don’t have that great of an understanding of it yet.
If you’re in an earthquake zone, make sure that you carefully study what happened in these large quakes, especially in the aftermath. This info will help you make better decisions on how to make your preps.
Study Reveals Californians Need to Increase Earthquake Preparedness Efforts
Less Than 20 Percent Have Prepared Their Homes; Only 40 Percent Have Sufficient Water
State and Local Agencies are Better Prepared Today, but Weakest Link is Citizen Preparedness
SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 5 /PRNewswire/ — A majority of Californians have taken initial steps toward earthquake preparedness but more than 60 percent of Californians have not done enough to make their homes safer and guard their personal finances in preparation for an inevitable, large-scale earthquake, according to a recent California Earthquake Preparedness Survey.
Although state and local public safety and emergency management agencies are better prepared than ever before, California residents have focused on easy preparedness activities such as collecting supplies and making back-up copies of important documents but they have not done more difficult and expensive activities such as securing the contents of their home or purchasing earthquake insurance, according to the survey.
Key findings of the survey were:
– Fewer than 20 percent of households have structurally reinforced their homes or had their homes inspected for earthquake resistance.
– Only 40 percent keep the recommended minimum of three gallons of water stored per person.
– Fewer than 20 percent of California households have purchased earthquake insurance.
– More than 80 percent of households have first aid kits, flashlights and batteries in their house but only 40 percent of Californians have made family disaster plans.