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    Default Earthquake Practice Day (tomorrow).

    Didnt know? Neither did I.

    Quakes usually happen in the same sorts of spots, but when they happen other places, they tend to be worse.

    This CA site has general precautions to take, and what to do in an earthquake (go to the doorway is NOT the best idea).
    The Great California ShakeOut - Get Ready to ShakeOut!

    Our last big quake here was on Easter afteroon, there are zillions of youtube videos of actual people reacting - because of people recording their kids hunting eggs.

    You can do a search for "san diego easter quake". The videos are fun, especially if you find one with swimming pool action.
    DH and I were stopped on a bridge over a freeway. The conversation went like this:
    Me: (Listening) Honey, your car doesnt sound right. Does it need oil change?
    DH: No. (Listening to unusually loud rattle) Maybe I should take it to Johnnys.
    Me: Try restarting it.
    DH: Oh ,that seemed to have fixed it.

    So we were stopped on a bridge, cars all around us, and were oblivious that we just had a 7.2 quake.
    It was about 30 seconds later we got the panicky phone call from Grandma who hates quakes that the mystery of the car rattle was solved.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    I told the baby to "Go back to sleep--it's just an Earthquake" during Loma Prieta and popped on the headphones of my walkman and rolled my eyes at the ridiculous tantrums the sportsball fans on the bus were throwing if it makes you feel any better.


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    I completely missed this thread AM.

    Did you eventually do anything to practice or recognize this event with your kids? I mean, other than duck and cover, the only thing that I can think of to do is to involve them in preparing for any aftermath.

    We had a huge FEMA organized event for the Pacific Northwest called Cascadia Rising last summer. Supposed to be in preparation for the aftermath of a huge 9.0 in the Cascadia Subduction Zone. It took over a year to organize and had all types of emergency services involved from CA, OR, WA, ID and AK. Seems that it was pretty successful, for the officials, but most regular people like denial...*shrug*

    I've thought about having the kids be involved in preparing a box or kit to keep in the car. Your story, as an example, shows that you never know where you might be if such an event should happen. This also seems to be less overwhelming and threatening to a more sensitive can say it's for any type of "emergency", including a long wait in traffic

    I'm fine for home preparedness, but the car? I'm terribly under prepared.
    Homeschooling two sons (14 and 16) from day one. Atheist.
    Eclectic, Slackschooler covering 8th and 10th grades this year.

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    After living in California for most of my life, my last earthquake and DS' only (that we really felt) was in 2010. DS was 2 and we were in the supermarket. Fortunately we were in the produce section. I felt a jolt like someone slammed into the whole store, I recognized it immediately and lifted DS out of the cart right before the power went out and then the shaking really started. We couldn't see a thing because there are no windows in the supermarket. (I realized after that, no supermarkets have windows/skylights, except in the front.) Things were falling around us. I could hear the glass falling off the shelves. Finally it stopped. The power came on and there were ceiling tiles surrounding us. It was amazing we were not hit with one.

    At that moment we could walk out of the store. DS was a trooper, but he doesn't remember it at all.

    Now we live someplace that does not seem to have earthquakes.

    I think about preparedness, but it is not necessary. I keep thinking I should be preparing for something but I don't see a reason. I think I am reminded because the stores are filled with prepper stuff, but we are not that kind of preppers.

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    DS10 was at the charter ,they did a drop tuck and hold drill.... we talked about how realistically a big quake would happen, and what to do.
    I told him we usually dont do anything, but if it seems to be taking a particularly long time, to head out towards the bottom of the driveway. And that people (other than grandma)are more likely to be excited than upset. "Oh yah, that was a big one... you think its a 5... 6.... 7....? Does it show up on usgs yet?"
    The mythbusters show on earthquakes was pretty reassuring.

    Our house is fine for the stay at home emergency of wildfires. And I try keeping an extra case of gatorades in reserve.

    Car supplies dont last so well. Water gets pillaged or plastiicky, snacks melt or get pillaged, the boys outgrow the clothes, and they seem to think an umbrella is some sort of fun weapon. In winter, there tends to be a blanket or two there, and maybe a jacket.
    I suppose we would have to scavenge food from the lemon loaf crumbs DS4 banks in the car, and drinks from the fast food cups that dont get taken out as often as they should.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    WE live in Georgia. Since we sit on a giant granite slab, we'll occasionally feel tiny tremors on the rare occasions the New Madrid fault line goes off, but they register like a 2 so by the time it reaches us, it's more of a very faint tremor you aren't entirely sure you are feeling.

    Part of the reason I love this area of Georgia, is: No snowstorms, no hurricanes, no volcanoes, no earthquakes, no mudslides, and only rare tornadoes or wildfires. In fact, there is very little in the way of "cruel and unusual geography". And not much in the way of "death by weather". As a trade off, we will probably be ground zero of a zombie apocalypse or virus outbreak (CDC headquarters isn't far from me, and busiest airport on the planet is around the corner from the new house).

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    I missed this thread, too. We did a segment on what to do in a earthquake during our geography unit a couple years ago. We have outlined what we would do, but I try not to bring it up too much because it frightens the boys. I mean, what can you do to prepare for a 9.0 on an eroding mountainside? We're pretty prepared for a survival situation, but that doesn't help if the house goes down the mountain, or the mountain comes down on top of it.

    And since that will be the only earthquake we will ever have (if it even comes during our lifetime), why press it?

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