The Pacific Northwest with its mountains full of picturesque trails and waterways filled with wildlife presents a false sense of security. As most residents of this beautiful area know, they are sitting on a ticking time bomb.
The area has a record of a magnitude 8 or 9 earthquake every 250 years. It’s now been 313 years since an earthquake of that size. Residents are being encouraged to prepare in case of a disaster as relief may not come for weeks or months for some residents.
Government agencies have been running drills along with the military to coordinate their response to a possible earthquake, while residents are being educated on what steps to take during an emergency.
The first step for each resident is to start with a family emergency plan. Parents are encouraged to know their children’s school policies and procedures in case of an earthquake like where they can pick up their children, how they might be contacted, and how to prepare their children for the disaster.
Building emergency supplies like water purification tablets, flashlights, batteries, and nonperishable food are highly encouraged. Some have begun to put together 72-hour emergency kits for each member of their family with all the food, clothing, and other supplies needed to survive for three days.
The last step residents are encouraged to take is to evaluate their home for places that can be better secured before an earthquake occurs. Cupboard doors that can be secured, water heaters attached to walls, and mirrors safely attached for example. As residents are educated and heed advice, they’ll better be able to make it through the disaster without panic.