I was born and raised in this fine bay area of ours. Way back in 1989, i was living in Scotts Valley in Santa Cruz County. I was at swim practice when the Loma Preita earthquake of 89′ hit. I was about 8 miles from the epicenter. I KNOW earthquakes. I know how lucky i was back then, to have had a pantry full of canned goods, a big deck and a bbq, Coleman camping equipment including a stove and lights, sleeping bags, and pet food right at hand. Our house did not fare too badly (unlike 2 friends of ours who lost their whole homes when they slid off their foundations which were on steep grades.) Our house kinda became the block depot. We all congregated around the pool and pretty much stayed outside for the most part for the first couple days due to our nerves and the after shocks.
I have lived 22 years since that day earthquake damage free. I know this is not going to last forever, but when it is too late, it is TOO LATE! It doesnt hurt me a bit to pull a few things here and a few there as i come across them and begin to build a survival kit. I will be thanking myself if we do end up having another big earth event (after seeing Japan’s tsunami, anything is possible and even more reason to!) and if we dont, i dont have to have any of the worry that i am unprepared.
Bottom line, it only takes a tiny bit of effort and a few minutes and it IS my New Years resolution for 2012 and it should be one of yours too!
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!! PLEASE BE SAFE!