Nov 12, 2008

Duck, Duck... Turtle?

November 13, Thursday is the big California earthquake preparedness day. They call it Shake Out. At 10 am we are all supposed to duck and cover. Bert over here is from those other duck-and-cover days.

9 comments:

Kathy said...

My kids' school asked parents to volunteer to pretend to be hysterical parents tomorrow trying to pick up their kids at 10 am. I almost did it, but I figured my kids wouldn't be pleased. I mentioned it to them today, and they looked at me like I was crazy for even considering it. Phew!!

Petrea said...

I'm going to be on the freeway at 10:00. Should I get in an accident, just to make it realistic?

I know that's not funny. But in all the material I've read, I don't see anything about what to do if you're driving.

Vanda said...

Pray?

They say the Big One is overdue. You know, we all know it will happen one day. I feel guilty sometimes, I could be more prepared, but in the end you can never be fully prepared.

altadenahiker said...

Ok, using this helpful diagram I strapped a shell on my dog's back and a bucket on her head and we're practicing landing full face on the ground.

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

Does somebody somewhere know something the rest of us don't? Have animals been acting strangely? I had an earthquake kit but it seemed after a few years I kind of pilfered through it. You know, I ran out of tooth paste, so, I was low on paper towels, so, I ran out of batteries etc etc... and I missed the 10:00 duck and cover. My best overhead fortress shares space with the kitty litter box (can you blame me?)

Petrea said...

After the '94 Northridge quake I take this seriously. I lived 7 miles from the epicenter and had to move out of my place for 3 days. Walking in the neighborhood was eerie. The quake itself was a terrifying experience and afterward I was sick for months.

They're expecting "the big one" to be a lot worse. I hope they're wrong! But for the time being, you are allowed to make fun of me: I'm storing canned goods and water in the garage and I hope that structure holds up!

Vanda said...

Oh Petrea I know it's serious. After my first real earthquake - and it was a small one - I was jumpy for months, but what can you do but make fun of your fears? I'm personally not that concerned about having canned food or water, but the ceiling pancaking me while sleeping. My apartment building is held together by string and chewing gum.

Petrea said...

My husband makes fun of me. I may be a little too worried. I put my glasses in the nightstand drawer every night instead of on top, just in case. Maybe that's a little much?

Vanda said...

Maybe just a little... :)