| A Wake-up Call? |
Imagine if the recent quakes (think: 7.1) had been on the Hayward or the San Andreas faults, instead of a lightly inhabited desert area? How long are we going to complacently keep our heads in the sand and think this isn’t going to happen near us?
Sorry I’m like a broken record, but someone needs to be constantly shouting that you should:
1. Have the adequacy of your retrofit checked (see: quakeprepare.com/quakeconsult )
2. Have an automatic gas shutoff valve installed
(see: quakeprepare.com/quakevalves )
3. Secure tall furniture/wall hangings/appliances
(contact Max: firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Get an emergency back-pack kit for your vehicle(s)
(see samples at:https://tinyurl.com/y6wbby22 )
Be Safe. Larry Guillot
You’re in your car when a serious quake hits. What to do?
- Carefully get out of traffic and stop.
- Stay in your car.
- Keep your radio on.
- Don’t stop if under or on a bridge, under trees, light posts, power lines, or signs
- If you resume driving, watch out for problems with or on the road.
- Never drive over a downed power line.
Get an emergency back pack kit for your car and have a comfortable pair of walking shoes in your trunk. And a little extra water. Expect roads to be impassable and be prepared to be walking home or to a shelter. Expect after-shocks.
The Little Firefighter Automatic
Gas Shutoff Valve
The Little Firefighter automatic gas shutoff valve.
And speaking of HOME, if you want it to still be there when you get back, have us install an automatic gas shut-off valve and have your retrofit checked.
Anniversary Is Another Wake-up Call
This Sunday, October 21, 2018, is the 150th anniversary of the 1868 rupture of the Hayward Fault. Seismologists know that it has ruptured every 150 years, on average.
The Hayward runs through one of the most densely populated areas of any known fault.
The Hayward is connected to the Rodgers Fault, which runs from San Jose to north of Healdsburg. It is likely connected to the Calavaras, which runs through much of the valley east of the Hayward.
What to do?
Have your retrofit checked
Have an automatic gas shut-off valve installed
Secure necessary furniture, appliances, and wall hangings
Keep backpack emergency kits in your vehicles
Have two weeks worth of food and water available
A reminder: my in-home QuakeConsult gives you a ton of helpful information, covering all the things mentioned above (and more). Visit:
There are different views among experts as to where your emergency supply of food should be stored. Some insist that it should be outside because of the potential difficulty of getting to it in the house if there is structural damage after the quake (e.g., if you have it in a closet and the door is jammed and won’t open); or, if the house is so damaged you can’t safely stay in it.
Others think it’s better to store food in the house, say, under beds or in a closet. This lessens the concern about the food going bad. I’ve also had more than one person say their container outside, even though it was sealed, took on water and ruined sleeping bags, blankets, etc.
My inclination is to go with keeping emergency food inside (other than the garage). Even if you have to temporarily abandon the house, you can still take it with you. If you opt for a closet, that’s just another reason to keep a crowbar under your bed – in case you have to pry open a door.
What would you do if you were given the knowledge that, in exactly 90 days, a huge quake was going to occur near you?
- Would you have your retrofit checked or completed?
- Would you get that automatic gas shut-off valve installed?
- Would you secure your furniture?
- Would you get the back-pack kit for your car?
True, we don’t know that a major quake is going to happen in 90 days, but we DO know that it’s coming, right?
So … what are you waiting for?
Maybe this is the time for you to help get your block, or your whole neighborhood, organized to have the automatic gas shutoff valves installed. We have done many dozens of neighborhoods in the east bay. Contact me – I can help you get started.
We’ve now installed over 3,200 gas shutoff valves.