A 72 hour survival kit for each person in earthquake country has been goal for not only the California Office of Emergency Services (OES) but also for the local Southern California based Survival Kits Online. As the â??Golden Guardianâ? earthquake drill approaches in November 2008, Californianâ??s are urged to sign up at www.shakeout.org and to participate in the largest earthquake drill ever.Â On November 13, 2008 at 10 AM the entire state will be asked to duck and cover to simulate the â??Big oneâ? that is seemingly very over due.
After the year long study the USGS (United States Geological Survey) has concluded and presented a scenario of a 7.8 earthquake on the San Andres fault.
The study comprised eight counties: Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura. Its results will be used as the basis of an emergency response and preparedness exercise, the Great Southern California ShakeOut, and for this purpose we defined our earthquake as occurring at 10:00 a.m. on November 13, 2008. As members of the southern California community use the ShakeOut Scenario to plan and execute the exercise, we anticipate discussion and feedback. This community input will be used to refine our assessment and will lead to a formal publication in early 2009.
â??Another way that Californians can make sure they are fully prepared is to write their disaster plan and get a 72 hour survival kitâ? says Scott Kastner owner/partner Survival Kits Online. â??We opened our business with the goal of helping to save lives and this disaster drill will reach millions. If we just reach one person with the message and one life is saved this world will be a better place.â?
Each year in September â??Emergency Disaster Preparedness Monthâ? is observed by our nation. It stresses, as does the California ShakeOut, for citizens to make a disaster plan and get survival kits. But the ShakeOut puts a more urgent twist on preparation. It is not the unexpected that makes Californians prepare, just the contrary, the time bomb which runs through California is called the San Andres Fault and it is ripe for the shaking.
Each year California has thousands of earthquakes mostly under 3.0 on the Richter Scale. It is the once in a century or two type of earthquake which has the potential of killing hundreds if not thousands. These are the types of earthquakes which make preparations vital.
There has been some confusion in the past whether to stand in a doorway or duck and cover. These issues are spelled out very carefully on the www.SurvivalKitsOnline.com website. Following recommendations made by the OES and the USGS, Survival Kits Online points out that duck and cover is the most effective way to survive a temblor.
â??Making a disaster plan, purchasing a survival kit and practicing your plan increases your chances of survival exponentially. At www.SurvivalKitsOnline.com we are here ready to help you get prepared to surviveâ? Kastner.Â Â
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