Personal Preparedness is Key to Dealing with Any Emergency or Disaster

Posted 3:41 PM, May 7, 2008, by lmjohnso

It's amazing, but true! The San Francisco Chronicle on April 15, 2008 reported that there is a 99% probability that California will experience an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 or greater.

Meaning, Californians will experience an earthquake equal or greater to the destructive nature of Loma Prieta and possibly the 1906 Earthquake within our lifetime. The 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, with strong shaking lasting 15 seconds, was responsible for 67 deaths and about 7 billion dollars in damage. This was the second most costly natural disaster after Hurricane Katrina.

Although these statistics are alarming, it is important to promote awareness of Personal and Family Emergency Preparedness. The key to dealing with major disasters (or even minor emergencies) is to plan for these events. Planning gives us a 'head start' on dealing with the situation. We can anticipate how best to respond and what we need to recover. In the aftermath of a large earthquake, we may not be able of access basic services such as food, water, power, communications, shelter, transportation, medical care, etc. The rule of thumb is self-sufficiency (personal, family, and at Stanford) for 72 hours. The following websites contain resources and information to help you develop or update your personal/family emergency plan.

http://med.stanford.edu/somsafety/emerprep.html
http://www.72hours.org/
http://www.smcready.org/
http://www.city.palo-alto.ca.us/info/
http://oes.sccgov.org/
http://www.ready.gov/

Please contact Lisa Johnson at (650) 721-6269 or at lisa.johnson@stanford.edu.

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