Loma Prieta Anniversary

I almost forgot I created this map (click on it to get a bigger version):

Loma Prieta Earthquake 1989 v2

I did it quite some time ago and I should probably update it to a web map (another thing to put on the to-do list…).

Regardless, this anniversary along with the recent quake in Napa, California is a good reminder to update your emergency preparedness kit.

What’s in your kit?

Frankly, my is rather poor. I have a 5-gallon bucket with a couple of jugs of water along with a flashlight – batteries are near dead. I definitely need to update that! From the Red Cross, here’s a basic list of items to have at the ready:

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit – Anatomy of a First Aid Kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area

Where were you during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake?

I was at my apartment in Davis, California – asleep (yes, I take afternoon naps). It woke me up, but only long enough to say, “What was that?”

Sixty three victims of the quake were not so lucky.