Living in a grand, gorgeous city like San Francisco has its perks and its pitfalls. One such pitfall is the pit we might fall into during the next "Big One." If we're honest with ourselves, earthquakes freak us out a lot more than the Folsom Street Fair. That's why we do our damnedest not to think about it.However, better prepared than seriously sorry, so recently we ventured out into the world wide web to collect the best information on how to prepare for, react to, and recover from an earthquake.
1. Take your sex mirrors off the ceiling
Secure your home and furniture by ensuring that tall, heavy, and sharp items are bolted or reinforced to the wall. Heavy and breakable items, like mirrors, hanging over your bed can and will fall during an earthquake. There are other ways to see all the good angles without setting yourself up to be chop suey post-quake, not to mention the seven years of bad luck.
3. Consider a survival kit
There are websites galore with packages and kits and stockpiles of emergency supplies. Take for instance, QuakeCare.com, which provides home, school, and car emergency survival kits, including a two-person Deluxe Kit. Romantic! If you're more of a do-it-yourself-er (freaking hipster) here's a quick list of things to include:
4. Get out of the way
Fun fact! The only thing we thought we knew about earthquake safety was wrong! Standing in doorways during an earthquake does nothing to protect you -- door frames are actually no stronger than any other part of your house. The only thing it does do, especially if you are in a public place, is put you at risk for getting trampled as people try to exit the building. The Red Cross recommends that you remember to "Drop, Cover, and Hang On!"
5. Stop shopping at Ikea
The "Hang On" part of the catchy safety chant refers to finding a sturdy piece of furniture to get underneath and hang on to. The Red Cross says that this is the best protection during an earthquake to protect you from falling objects. The cappuccino colored balsa wood table you built in 20 minutes will not cut it.
6. Don't believe the hype
Educate yo'self, foo! Knowing your shit when it comes to emergencies can save your life and others. For example, this CA.gov site dispels many myths surrounding earthquakes, including the one about dogs detecting early seismic activity. The more you know, the more you grow ... able to not die during an earthquake.
Bonus tip! What about Fido?The ASPCA recommends the following for pet owners to prepare for an earthquake:
More advice for pet owners can be found at ASPCA Disaster Preparedness.
There! Now that you've prepared for the worst, let's all go back to optimistically ignoring that we live on a major fault line.