How to prepare for an earthquake.

So … how do you prepare for an earthquake?  Let me tell you, last evening was much more fun!  We tried to download an old MacGyver TV show.  Didn’t work.  We did this and that.  We were calm.  Tonight, the kids are running around going, “29 minutes to earthquake!!”  And we’re saying, “You can’t predict an earthquake so precisely!!”  But at the same time, we know it might come.  According to some it’s coming at 7.  Others say 8:30.  So what do you do?

Well, we’re picking things up off the floor so we can’t trip over them if the power goes out.  Pictures in glass are going face down on the table.  We actually just bought a bunk bed for the girls, so we have two mattresses in the livingroom.  So we’re putting them in the strongest doorways of the house.  Then we’re gonna eat dinner.  If we’re still not shakin it up, we’ll put Fiddler on the Roof on the computer.  That way if (when) the power goes out, we’ll kep on watching!   And we’re gonna stretch out on the mattresses to do it!  It’s actually a school assignment, since we’re studying Russian history for 3 weeks.

Wes moved the carton of eggs from on top of the pressboard cupboard to the cement counter.   Yeah.  We don’t refrigerate eggs here.  What else?  My favorite glass candle is no longer on the TV!!  OH!  We should gather flashlights.  Last night we had some trouble finding them with all the shaking!  

So if it starts shaking, we’re going to hang on to a wall and cover our heads with the mattresses (they’re foam, not heavy!).  That’s what the FEMA website says to do.  Most injuries come from things that fall on your head.

Well, I guess we’re as ready as we can be!  We’ll let you know how it goes – or doesn’t!  So… if nothing happens, what time do we go to bed?


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by mdvida on May 29, 2009 at 1:33 am

    These are just the physical preparations. We also prayed for peace and protection! Can’t forget that!

    Oh, and we ate off disposable plates – and we even plan to throw them away!

  2. WOW!! Hope all went well…did you have a second one last night? Crazy stuff!

  3. Posted by Cindy Williamson on June 15, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    We didn’t have one at the schedule time, but we have felt several since then! In fact, we didn’t notice it at the house where we are staying, but I was told there was another half an hour ago. It’s now past the date they told us to expect more tremors until. We really don’t know what that means, but I plan to check out the US government site to see what is going on.

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