In this week’s discussion, we’ll be exploring how prepared we are in the face of an impending EARTHQUAKE!
Since 2008, the 3rd Thursday in October has been International ShakeOut Day (see shakeout.org (Links to an external site.) for more information). This is a day where we can evaluate our emergency preparedness as individuals, institutions, and governments and participate in a Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. The ShakeOut is held in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS (Links to an external site.)), National Science Foundation (NSF (Links to an external site.)), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA (Links to an external site.)), and the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC (Links to an external site.)) — feel free to explore any of these websites for more information about earthquake preparedness.
The Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA (Links to an external site.)), which works with these organizations, started the Great ShakeOut in Southern California in 2008 and coordinates the participation of California organizations and individuals in the ShakeOut. We’ll be using the Earthquake Country website to learn more about how to personally prepare for earthquakes.
please respond to this prompt with the following information:
- Earthquake Country has identified seven steps that we can all take to prepare ourselves to survive and recover from a large earthquake. Go to https://www.earthquakecountry.org/sevensteps/ (Links to an external site.) to read about these seven steps.
- Choose from Step 1, 2, 3, or 4. Click on the link of the step you choose to learn even more.
- As you read, consider: how many of the suggested actions in this step have been taken for your family or home? What could you be doing better?
- Come up with a plan to improve your preparedness in this area. Divide your list into 1) actions you can take right now (no cost), 2) actions that will require purchases or further planning (low cost), and 3) actions that may have to wait (a bit more work or cost).
- Discuss your suggested plan with your family or roommates. If you live by yourself, feel free to discuss your plan with friends or other loved ones. Ask for feedback about what they think would be reasonable steps to take right now to help your household become safer.
- Share your finalized plan with your classmates. Give a timeline for completing some of the goals in your plan. Share any worries or concerns you have about following your preparedness plan (or earthquakes in general!).
once you finish the prompt please respond to the TWO other replies that I will send to you after you choose this question with the following content:
- How reasonable do you think their preparedness plan is?
- Do you have any suggestions? Are you able to address any of their worries or concerns?
- Feel free to offer advice, provide links to products or informative sites, or ask follow-up questions.
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