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If you live in the Seattle you need to realize that big, I mean really big, earthquakes have happened again and again throughout the Earth's history--they will be happening again and again, so it's ...

If you live in the Seattle you need to realize that big, I mean really big, earthquakes have happened again and again throughout the Earth's history--they will be happening again and again, so it's lucky that there are so many ways to be ready. It is insane that so few of us really take this to heart.

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    Seattle Insanity Seattle Insanity Presentation Transcript

    • Live near Seattle and don’t have disaster supplies? Are you bleepin’ kidding me?
    • 1. Really nasty earthquakes happened here again and again
      • The Earth exists on a slower time frame than humans, it doesn’t care that we only started taking notes 200 years ago.
      • Non-written evidence reveals repeated huge earthquakes—some like Haiti, some like Chile. Paleo-Seismology. First Nation oral history.
      • The process that caused them continues
    • 2. Help from Fire, police, or medics? Not likely
      • Typical ‘big quake’ realities: Roads/highways broken and blocked, fire station garage doors jammed, hospitals structurally unsound
      • There will be thousands of fires, partially or fully broken houses—most fires take a few fire trucks—just how many do you think there are in total? Not enough.
    • 3. You probably won’t see any aid for a while
      • There are hundreds of thousands of us. Some of our earthquakes knock out roads from Canada to California-meaning millions of people will need help.
      • Aid will come—but sooooo slooooowly.
        • The rest of the world may be donating billions, the will be rushing in SAR teams & aid agencies—but with millions of people will need help.
        • Outside aid arrives in the form of a few hundred people a day (usually no big equipment-and blocked roads, so limited ability to get very many places). A few hundred people/millions of us=oh
    • Depressing? Of course. But there’s good news
      • You can do things now, make decisions now that mean that these realities don’t have to matter so much.
    • Choose where you live & work wisely
      • Some buildings are expected to do ‘OK’ in earthquakes, some aren’t. There’s a lot of information about which is which.
      • In our area, we’ve decided the people in bad EQ buildings are expendable since it is expensive, disruptive, and seen as political suicide to force retrofits/rebuilding.
        • This means the ones who had enough money to renovate or buy new are going to do much better than the people who didn’t. As usual.
        • If you can’t afford to renovate, then be sure you know how to recognize which buildings are better for quakes-if you are moving and have only two affordable options: choose the one that is safer in earthquakes, flooding and fires.
    • Things to look for
      • Choose things built post 1980 or evidence it has been retrofitted.
      • Avoid buildings on posts—the buildings that use most of the first level for parking.
      • Avoid older buildings with mainly windows instead of walls-especially those with window meeting windows in corners.
      • Avoid older brick buildings even though they are so pretty unless recently retrofitted.
    • Yes, it sucks if you like living & working in any of those
      • And it sucks if you realize you are living or working in a building like that.
        • The earthquake doesn’t really care that you think it is cool, really like the price, or don’t like disruption in your life.
    • View change as opportunity
      • If you are going to move, use that as a chance to move to a good earthquake building.
      • If you are going to ‘redo the kitchen’ realize that it makes better sense to use that money to ‘redo the earthquake profile’
      • Realize that the community can work together to retrofit bad buildings, start talking about it.
    • Start gathering supplies now.
      • It is incredibly likely that stores will be closed indefinitely, pharmacies and ATMs emptied.
      • Get a bag/storage bin, go through your junk drawers, cupboards—toss non perishable foods in, blankets, work gloves, flashlights, crank radio—stuff that’s solve problems!
      • Get serious about storing water, even if minimal space. Fill up multiple 2 liter soda bottles, so many you can put a board on top, add a tablecloth, presto-a new coffee table.
    • Know useful things…
      • Phones and cellphones will probably not work well. Texting often works better. Be sure you can text to facebook/twitter from your phone, be able to blast out messages.
      • Agree with your circle that everyone will check in with a person out of the area—if you get separated and don’t have your phone—borrowing a phone and leaving a message with someone who can pass it along to who you need is very useful.
    • Keep paper information with you
      • Print out a sheet of paper that has: the name and number of that ‘out of area’ contact.
      • List number, out of area contact for next door neighbor, and anyone who might, by proximity be your children’s/aging parent’s/pet’s/house’s caregiver if you can’t get back. You will want to know they are OK, and you will want to know they are cared for.
    • Also on that paper:
      • A list of your medical info: pharmacy/RX numbers.
        • If you get to a Red Cross shelter or public health clinic, you can ask for help getting emergency replacement prescriptions-call 2-1-1 when possible, or listen to radio (I recommend KOMO 1000 AM) to find locations.
    • We live where big disasters happen
      • The more of us who are ready for them, the better we will all live.