Sunday, January 24, 2010

Being Prepared For The Worst - Part III - Where will you meet?

Did you know, according to the USGS, there is a 63% chance the Bay Area has an earthquake of 6.7 or greater before 2036 (i.e. in the next 25 years)?

63%. Scary.

But anyway, I'm not going to dwell on that too much or try and figure out/dissect how they came up with that number. The reality is, it could happen. I've beaten that horse to death.

Question: What happens if you and your family are not together when a big quake happens? What happens if the quake leaves phones down and worse, it leaves your home inhabitable. How do you meet up?

It's a pretty simple question with a potentially scary outcome. If you didn't decide a meeting place with your family and your home is not an option anymore, you could spend hours/days wandering aimlessly trying to reconnect. Every minute apart would be a minute wondering whether your family was safe.

C and I decided that our meeting place will be the parking lots behind AT&T park.

It's a good location because it is only about a mile from our house and there is a lot of open area where you can potentially stay clear of tall buildings (a bit harder to do now with all the condo apartments).

Even in a huge-building-crumbling earthquake it is likely you will be able to find a safe area to rest here. Also, it is near the water and that can be invaluable if the roads and such are down.

I'm not expecting the few people who are reading these posts to go out there and buy emergency supplies and stockpile your house. Most of you are thinking "well...I should" but aren't getting around to it. I get it. That's human nature and I've been talking about doing this for months before I finally did.

But this is one thing you should be able to do before you leave the house today. Decide a meeting spot for you and your family. It's an easy thing to do and you can feel good about getting 1 step closer to being prepared.



At 2:33 PM, January 27, 2010, Blogger head dump said...

N and I have been talking about it but can't think of a good place since we work in different cities and are quite far apart. The parking lot you chose, it's not landfill is it? Should the type of situation arise where you have to meet there, is the ground safe? just curious.

At 5:06 PM, January 27, 2010, Blogger whatupwilly said...

@head dump...great hearing from you on the blog again!

That's a tough one about you and N being in different cities during the day. Realistically, IMO, you both should find the safest area where you are currently at. So you should find a safe area near your work and he his.

Naturally, you will want to contact each other as soon as possible. Phone lines and such may be tied up, your phone might have stopped working, etc. So a good tip I read is make sure you both have decided an out of bay area contact person who is the first person you should notify after a quake. That person should have both your contact info, your parents contact info, etc. They should be the communication hub to keep everyone updated. If the bay area has a big quake and phone lines get jammed up, it will be invaluable to be able to squeeze a call to that one person and have them relay your status to everyone else.

Some other tips:

Also, regarding that area being a landfill. That is a damn good question and I'm not sure. I'll be researching this a bit.


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