Earthquake - how to be better prepared for an earthquake
Contrary to popular belief, earthquakes happen all the time in the UK.
Thankfully, they are rarely serious.
“'Tis since the earthquake now eleven years..”
Two decades later, some now speculate that the devastating 1607 Bristol Channel floods may have been caused by a tsunami which also may implicate an earthquake. The 1692 London earthquake thronged the streets with confused crowds and 1750 was dubbed ‘year of earthquakes’ which triggered a country-wide obsession with seismic events, kick starting scientific study.
A lot has happened since these very early days and today’s ‘science of earthquakes’ is a multi-disciplined and wide ranging subject at the very forefront of disaster risk recover (DRR). Differentiated early warning systems are key as are modern engineering to ‘earthquake-proof’ infrastructure. Still, people get caught and so this is about earthquake preparedness no matter where you are in the world.
1. ASSESS know your history and surroundings | earthquake
How likely are you to experience an earthquake at what magnitude? Shallow quakes are like a bomb, deep quakes go far and wide (PHYS.org) How safe is your environment? Are you at an increased risk from earthquakes during your travels? Also consider mobile homes and homes not attached to their foundations or buildings with foundations resting on landfill and other unstable soils.
Be realistic and critical about the types of supplies you will need and the kinds of steps you reasonably can take to be better prepared. General advice is to stock emergency preparedness supplies for 72hours or more; for example a so called Earthquake and Natural Disaster Survival Kit.
However, this will only be useful if you can access the kit!
Consider planning for contingencies and stocking multiple locations.
Know how to react when caught in an earthquake.
Here are some vital tips of what to do and not to do during an earthquake:
Rebuilding after an earthquake can take a very long time. People’s temporary accommodations post-earthquake often become the new normal. Foodsecurity is an issue. Waterpurification is vital for survival, health and hygiene.
Resilience planners and Disaster Risk Reduction experts around the world strive to ‘build-back better’ where this is possible. In some cases, moving communities more permanently to safer places also is a solution.
Additional earthquake preparedness resources:
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