We have mentioned
in many of our articles at ambilac, the build up and reaction of mother earth to the many on going
(and increasing) global events. These increasing events are part of a scenario that is due on this timeline, mainly due to
the increasing solar activity and the effects of the many incoming solar system objects. To understand why this is occurring
at this time, please take time to read over a few of our articles on the above sites, and in particular our recent article
HERE COMES THE SUN
However, with the
increase in global earthquakes (eg Bam Iran) and the constant seismic activity in the Wyoming (Yellowstone) area, it is vital
to be aware of the safe preparations one can implement to avoid and minimise damage.
Below I have collated
some useful preparation tips, prior, during and post quake events. In the event of recent Yellowstone activity
I would seriously
consider implementing preparation training imminently.
In addition, while
I am not one for creating a panic scenario, in light of global events, my personal take on the Yellowstone scenario, is to
seriously consider making plans and be prepared for major evacuation. Due to the possible strength of the event, I would suggest
to move at least 450-600 miles away from the epicentre. Read over the safe survival tips on this site following the many useful
links that I have provided for your safe survival
The following are
general preparation and precautionary tips, each area may have additional plans and contingencies.
The first plan of action is to organise an out-of-town contact in order that your family may call/or e-mail to check on each other should a disaster occur. The contact
should live far enough away that they would be unlikely to be directly affected by the same event. Ensure every household
member has that contact's, Number/cell phone etc and e-mail address. Your family and friends should be aware that if telephones
are not working, they need to be patient and try again later or try e-mail.
2. Establish a meeting place.
Organise a predetermined meeting place away from your home this will save time and minimize
confusion should your home be affected or the area evacuated. You may even want to make arrangements to stay with a family
member or friend in case of an emergency. Be sure to include any pets in these plans, since pets are not permitted in shelters
and some hotels will not accept them.
3. Assemble a disaster supplies kit.
In the event of a evacuation or are asked to "shelter in place," having some essential
supplies on hand will make you and your family more comfortable. Prepare a disaster supplies (see below) kit in an easy-to-carry
container such as a duffel bag or rucksack. Do not forget "special needs" items for any member of your household (infant formula
or items for people with disabilities or older people), first aid supplies (including prescription medications), a change
of clothing for each household member, a sleeping bag or bedroll for each, a battery powered radio or television and extra
batteries, food, bottled water and tools. It is also a good idea to include some cash and copies of important family documents
(birth certificates, passports and licenses) in your kit.
See lists below and follow the general guides I have placed within this survival site.
Copies of essential
documents, such as birth and marriage certificates, insurance policies, life insurance beneficiary designations and a copy
of your will-should also be kept in a safe location outside your home.
Check on the school emergency plan of any school-age children you may
You need to know if they will they keep children at school until a parent
or designated adult can pick them up or send them home on their own. Be sure that the school has updated information about
how to reach parents and responsible caregivers to arrange for pickup. And, ask what type of authorization the school may
require to release a child to someone you designate, if you are not able to pick up your child. During times of emergency
the school telephones may be overwhelmed with calls.
Additional information on preparing a disaster plane may be found in the links section
Tips from the Red
If Disaster Strikes
- Remain calm and
- Follow the advice
of local emergency officials.
- Listen to your
radio or television for news and instructions.
- If the disaster
occurs near you, check for injuries. Give first aid and get help for seriously injured people.
- If the disaster
occurs near your home while you are there, check for damage using a flashlight. Do not light matches or candles or turn on
electrical switches. Check for fires, fire hazards and other household hazards. Sniff for gas leaks, starting at the water
heater. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open windows, and get everyone outside quickly.
- Shut off any other
- Confine or secure
- Call your family
contactdo not use the telephone again unless it is a life-threatening emergency.
Check on your neighbours, especially those who are elderly or disabled
- There can be significant
numbers of casualties and/or damage to buildings and the infrastructure. So employers need up-to-date information about any
medical needs you may have and on how to contact your designated beneficiaries.
- Heavy law enforcement
involvement at local, state and federal levels follows a terrorist attack due to the event's criminal nature.
- Health and mental
health resources in the affected communities can be strained to their limits, maybe even overwhelmed.
- Extensive media
coverage, strong public fear and international implications and consequences can continue for a prolonged period.
- Workplaces and
schools may be closed, and there may be restrictions on domestic and international travel.
- You and your family
or household may have to evacuate an area, avoiding roads blocked for your safety.
- Clean-up may take
authorities ask you to leave your home, they have a good reason to make this request, and you should heed the advice immediately.
Listen to your radio or television and follow the instructions of local emergency officials and keep these simple tips in
- Wear long-sleeved
shirts, long pants and sturdy shoes so you can be protected as much as possible.
- Take your disaster
- Take your pets
with you; do not leave them behind. Because pets are not permitted in public shelters, follow your plan to go to a relative's
or friend's home, or find a "pet-friendly" hotel.
- Lock your home.
- Use travel routes
specified by local authoritiesdon't use shortcuts because certain areas may be impassable or dangerous.
- Stay away from
downed power lines.
Listen to local authorities.
local authorities will provide you with the most accurate information specific to an event in your area. Staying tuned to
local radio and television, and following their instructions is your safest choice.
If you're sure you have time:
- Call your family
contact to tell them where you are going and when you expect to arrive.
- Shut off water
and electricity before leaving, if instructed to do so. Leave natural gas service ON unless local officials advise you otherwise.
You may need gas for heating and cooking, and only a professional can restore gas service in your home once it's been turned
off. In a disaster situation it could take weeks for a professional to respond.
a disaster supplies kit for home and car:
Please use this guide in conjunction with the other emergency supply kit mentioned on this site, in particular, what
to do in the event of power cuts etc.
radio, flashlight, and plenty of extra batteries
At least three gallons of water per person, preferably more
food and can opener
First aid kit
Tools and instructions to shut off utilities
and work gloves
such as a flashlight and sturdy shoes, by your bedside.
- Store water in
plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or
glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments and intense
physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more.
- Store one gallon
of water per person per day.
- Keep at least
a three-day supply of water per person (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for each person in your household for food preparation/sanitation).*
- Store at least
a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little
or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Include a selection
of the following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit:
- Ready-to-eat canned
meats, fruits, and vegetables
- Canned juices
- Staples (salt,
sugar, pepper, spices, etc.)
- High energy foods
- Food for infants
First Aid Kit
a first aid kit for your home and one for each car.
- (20) adhesive
bandages, various sizes.
- (1) 5" x 9" sterile
- (1) conforming
roller gauze bandage.
- (2) triangular
- (2) 3 x 3 sterile
- (2) 4 x 4 sterile
- (1) roll 3" cohesive
- (2) germicidal
hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- (6) antiseptic
- (2) pair large
medical grade non-latex gloves.
- Adhesive tape,
- Cold pack.
- Scissors (small,
- CPR breathing
barrier, such as a face shield.
- Aspirin or nonaspirin
- Antacid (for stomach
- Syrup of Ipecac
(use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
- Activated charcoal
(use if advised by the Poison Control Center)
Tools and Supplies
- Mess kits, or
paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils*
- Emergency preparedness
radio and extra batteries*
- Flashlight and
- Cash or traveler's
- Non-electric can
opener, utility knife*
- Fire extinguisher:
small canister ABC type
- Tube tent
- Matches in a waterproof
- Aluminum foil
- Plastic storage
- Signal flare
- Paper, pencil
- Needles, thread
- Medicine dropper
- Shut-off wrench,
to turn off household gas and water
- Plastic sheeting
- Map of the area
(for locating shelters)
- Toilet paper,
- Soap, liquid detergent*
- Feminine supplies*
- Personal hygiene
- Plastic garbage
bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
- Plastic bucket
with tight lid
- Household chlorine
Clothing and Bedding
at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.
- Sturdy shoes or
- Rain gear*
- Blankets or sleeping
- Hat and gloves
- Thermal underwear
- Remember family
members with special requirements, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons
- Powdered milk
- Heart and high
blood pressure medication
- Prescription drugs
- Denture needs
- Contact lenses
- Extra eye glasses
what to do when the shaking begins:
DROP, COVER, AND HOLD ON! Move only a few steps to a nearby safe place. Stay
indoors until the shaking stops and you’re sure it’s safe to exit. Stay away from windows. In a high-rise building,
expect the fire alarms and sprinklers to go off during a quake.
If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your
head with a pillow.
If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, and power lines. Drop to the ground.
you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place (as described above). Stay in the car until the shaking stops.
Identify what to do after the shaking stops:
for injuries. Protect yourself from further danger by putting on long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes, and work
Check others for injuries. Give first aid for serious injuries.
Look for and extinguish small fires. Eliminate
fire hazards. Turn off the gas if you smell gas or think its leaking (remember, only a professional should turn it back on).
to the radio for instructions.
Expect aftershocks. Each time you feel one, DROP, COVER, AND HOLD ON!
Inspect home for
damage. Get everyone out if your home is unsafe.
Use the telephone only to report life-threatening emergencies.
How to Shelter-in-Place
- Close and lock
all windows and exterior doors.
- If you are told
there is danger of explosion, close the window shades, blinds, or curtains.
- Turn off all fans,
heating and air conditioning systems.
- Close the fireplace
- Get your family
disaster supplies kit and make sure the radio is working.
- Go to an interior
room without windows that's above ground level. In the case of a chemical threat, an above-ground location is preferable because
some chemicals are heavier than air, and may seep into basements even if the windows are closed.
- Bring your pets
with you, and be sure to bring additional food and water supplies for them.
- It is ideal to
have a hard-wired telephone in the room you select. Call your emergency contact and have the phone available if you need to
report a life-threatening condition. Cellular telephone equipment may be overwhelmed or damaged during an emergency.
- Use duct tape
and plastic sheeting (heavier than food wrap) to seal all cracks around the door and any vents into the room.
- Keep listening
to your radio or television until you are told all is safe or you are told to evacuate. Local officials may call for evacuation
in specific areas at greatest risk in your community.
- Close the business.
- If there are customers,
clients, or visitors in the building, provide for their safety by asking them to stay not leave. When authorities provide
directions to shelter-in-place, they want everyone to take those steps now, where they are, and not drive or walk outdoors.
- Unless there is
an imminent threat, ask employees, customers, clients, and visitors to call their emergency contact to let them know where
they are and that they are safe.
- Turn on call-forwarding
or alternative telephone answering systems or services. If the business has voice mail or an automated attendant, change the
recording to indicate that the business is closed, and that staff and visitors are remaining in the building until authorities
advise it is safe to leave.
- Close and lock
all windows, exterior doors, and any other openings to the outside.
- If you are told
there is danger of explosion, close the window shades, blinds, or curtains.
Have employees familiar with your buildings mechanical systems
turn off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems. Some systems automatically
In Your Vehicle:
If you are driving a vehicle and hear advice to shelter-in-place on the radio, take these
- If you are very
close to home, your office, or a public building, go there immediately and go inside. Follow the shelter-in-place recommendations
for the place you pick described above.
- If you are unable
to get to a home or building quickly and safely, then pull over to the side of the road. Stop your vehicle in the safest place
possible. If it is sunny outside, it is preferable to stop under a bridge or in a shady spot, to avoid being overheated.
- Turn off the engine.
Close windows and vents.
- If possible, seal
the heating/air conditioning vents with duct tape.
- Listen to the
radio regularly for updated advice and instructions.
- Stay where you
are until you are told it is safe to get back on the road. Be aware that some roads may be closed or traffic detoured. Follow
the directions of law enforcement officials.
Pets in disasters
Please see separate article
Fore more detailed information, here are comprehensive links to in-depth guides.
Red cross ready
for a quake?
Red Cross Before disaster strikes
Shelter-in-place Fact Sheet
Urban search and
FEMA are you ready
Live Seismic Internet server - updated every 30 minutes
Earthquake maps and useful information from ABAG
Advice for travellers
Red Cross Preparedness fact sheets
FEMA - Are you ready guide - covers all natural disasters and more