The last few months have been traumatic for Nepal. Two major earthquakes in just over two weeks, with the ongoing possibility of aftershocks, thousands dead and hundreds still unaccounted for, have captured for the region the attention, sympathy, and aid of the world. While certain areas are more prone to specific disasters—one source calls Kathmandu “one of the most seismically hazardous regions on Earth”—the perverseness of this month’s tragic repeat is hard to swallow.
In light of the loss and damage, one US pastor appealed to his congregation recently to donate to aid efforts for Nepal. You can watch that appeal here.
Did you happen to notice the tremor at about the 25 second mark? That would be Mother Nature’s idea of a really bad joke. On Saturday, May 2nd, in the middle of Pastor Michael Young’s sermon, western Michigan experienced an extremely rare 4.2 earthquake. There were no casualties, and the bulk of the damage amounted to goods falling off store shelves, but the message is loud and clear:
Those living in common earthquake country may be accustomed to certain precautions, like specific seismic building codes or school earthquake drills in California, for example. But if recent events teach us anything, it’s that preparation is crucial, no matter where we live.
In a post from last month titled, “Can Animals Predict Earthquakes,” we outlined the basics of earthquake prep, including making a plan, collecting gear, securing your home, and educating yourself. We also included, at the end of the article, links to organizations like Red Cross and Ready.gov, whose earthquake safety pages are thorough and valuable.
Here are three more graphics to help with your family’s earthquake preparedness, ranging from the most basic (and crucial!) information to the most detailed.
First, what every adult and child should know, according to the CDC:
And finally, a fantastically helpful, room-by-room guide to home preparation, from the Seattle Times:
No matter your region’s seismic history, earthquakes are a looming possibility. Teach your family the basics and prepare your home against disaster, so that you can be ready for anything!
For more information on earthquakes, visit beprepared.com/earthquake