EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE: The Series

PART 1: Series Overview

In actuality, much of the information in this series translates to being ready to assist for many types of natural disasters. However, I chose to use earthquakes as the medium because not only they more frequent than volcanic eruptions, but they tend to cause a massive amount of damage to structures such as buildings and highway interchanges. The intent of this series will be to give you some tools—mental tools to learn and practice and physical tools you should consider getting and becoming familiar with.

As I thought about what to discuss and in what order, it became apparent that I could write at least seven pieces on this topic, maybe more. Hence, this Overview was born. I bring with me a large amount of industrial experience and a few years in the fire service which are a great foundation to write from. There’s no earth-shattering (pun intended) information in here, but if you don’t have a lot of industrial experience, I think you’ll pick up some good points.

We’ll start with identifying the hazards, protective equipment and tooling. Then we’ll move into talking about structures and the things that affect them; shoring; cribbing; ropes and knots. Finally, I’ll wrap up the series talking about longer-term health risks and CERT.

Look for a new installment in this series about every third to fourth week. Comment below and let me know what you think or would would like to learn!

 

NEXT WEEK: A High Level Overview of My Prepping System

 

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