Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Survival Threat of the Week

This may or not become a regular addition to the site, and even if it is it most likely won't be posted on a fixed schedule. That aside, here is the first Survival Threat of the Week.

Recent devastation in Kashmir has earthquakes in the news once again. Earthquakes are devastating because they are often large-scale disasters that can trigger other events, such as tsunamis and landslides. People are often unprepared when they do strike. There is only a minute chance that you will ever be the victim of a major earthquake, and many people use that to rationalize failing to prepare. People living near plate boundaries are at the highest risk, but even people near the center of a plate can fall victim to intraplate earthquakes.

So what can you do? Like all survival threats, just having a plan can greatly increase your chances. The University of Memphis has a list of things that you need to think about. It includes things like ensuring that you and everyone in your home knows how to turn off the gas and electricity. If you are able, the best place to be in an earthquake is the most open area that you can find. The major threat is from objects (or buildings) falling. If that isn't an option, then you want to stand in a doorway or the most stable place that you can find. There is even a site that sells earthquake survival kits. There are two things that you can expect with every survival threat. Just thinking about it and forming a plan greatly increase your chances of making it through the ordeal, and someone else is willing to sell you some stuff.

2 comments:

Cubicle said...

doh!

I forgot to tell you one important part when you hyperlink somting in blogger.

When they pop opens for you to place the web address in and you paste the web address into that box, make sure you delete what was already in the box (or just highlight it and you will paste over it.)

If you would take a look at the links on this post you will see what happens when you don't do that, heh heh.

Sandcastle said...

I was trying to do that but our this new Haji mouse has been fucking up constantly. It probably doesn't help that I fix it by smashing it into to the desk. The links should work now.