If Phones Are Working After the Quake:
- If land/cell phones are working, DON’T call 911 with questions: they will be busy with emergencies.
- Call a designated, out-of-state person to “phone tree” others. Then stay off the phone!
- Change your voice mail message to state that you are safe.
- You may have to wait for a dial tone. Be patient – don’t hang up and try again.
If Phones Are NOT Working After the Quake:
Here’s a satellite texting devise that, while expensive ($300), is way cheaper than most other alternatives:
DeLorme InReach SE Satellite Communicator Here’s the link:
If you’ve been putting it off, my in-home QuakeConsult (quakeprepare.com/quakeconsult) is still $295 in most of the SF Bay area. It covers an assessment of your retrofit + a lot more.
I’m guessing 5% of bay area homes have an automatic gas shut-off valve. If you’re one of the 95%, you might want to contact me to get the cheapest fire insurance around: still $245 in most of the SF Bay area.
Scientists Warn It Could Be Much Worse
Last month, scientists with the USGS reported that they had discovered that the Hayward and Rodgers Creek faults look like they are connected. This translates into the strong possibility that the seismic experts have underestimated the potential strength of the next big SF bay quake.
There is the possibility that when the Hayward ruptures, it could register 7.4 – five times stronger than the 1989 Loma Prieta quake.
Here is the relevant article: http://www.theverge.com/2016/10/19/13335816/earthquake-faults-san-francisco-oakland-bay-area-san-andreas-hayward
I pass this on not to create paralyzing fear, but to encourage everyone to take care of the basics of getting ready: 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, and have two weeks worth of food and water available.
A reminder: my in-home QuakeConsult gives you a ton of helpful information, including all the things mentioned above (and more).
Watch Out For The Glass!
- You didn’t have enough food/water (2 weeks worth)
- You were gone, gas line broke, house burned down (no automatic gas shut-off valve)
- House fell off the foundation (didn’t have your retrofit checked)
- You were injured when a bookcase fell on you (no securing)