San Andreas Fault Primed to Explode: Fact or Fiction?

Those living in California are hardly unfamiliar with the earth’s shaking. According to the USGS, Southern California has about ten-thousand earthquakes each year. I would venture a guess that most Californians’ hardly pay any attention to any of them. This can often lead to the “Boy who cried wolf” scenario. Where we become so complacent that when something really big happens we are often caught unprepared. Couple this with the lack of a Readiness Plan and you have a recipe for disaster.

It’s possible that the plates will continue to shift and nothing will come of this. But are you willing to take the risk with your life or of those you love?

In the Army, when an attack was “imminent” we would carefully dust-off our contingency plans and ensure everyone knew what was happening, what each of those involved in the mission was to do if an attack occurred. For those of you in the vicinity of the San Andreas fault; it is your time to dust off your “contingency plan” or what I call: A Readiness Plan.

What is a “Readiness Plan”, you ask?

First of all, a Readiness Plan should be shared ONLY with those whom you trust and are a part of your group.

This plan is created for a specific event(s) that contains important information in one central location. Great Living Sources has built a plan with a military operational techniques, combined with a list of phone numbers, and what we call: Points of Contact. The operation order section contains detailed (or as detailed as possible) information as to who does what, where, when, and how.

 For example, in the event of an earthquake all of those involved are to call a specific person.Callers would continue until the person who initiated the calls is contacted, and knows everyone is safe.

 In the event communications are down, (a very real possibility in an earthquake) a specific location (safe from the affected area) is identified. Everyone in your group should meet up at that location as soon as they can. This way if someone does not show up, a search can be initiated for the missing person(s).

 This is one example of the many facets of Great Living Survival’s –  Readiness Plan. A plan should contain “contingencies” for any number of events. It should also identify what types of supplies are readily available and their location. Maps and locations of ‘safe sites’ should be included in the plan. This ensures everyone knows where they can go in case of an emergency. If your group will be using some type of radio (HAM, CB, etc.,) the channels or frequencies should also be listed along with any “call signs” or “handles”.

 Catastrophic events are scary but you don’t have to live in fear of them. Having a plan and being ready for whatever may come your way will help keep fear in check. Planning can help you channel the energy from fear to a positive force that will help you get through whatever event you might be faced with. An old GI Joe saying, is “Now you know and knowing is half the battle.”

 A plan lets you and others know what might happen and what to do should something occurs. Knowing what to do when you might be frozen in fear helps to keep you focused so no matter what you and those you hold dear will make it through.

 Thoughts to keep in mind before, during, and after any type of event:

Before an Event

Do not become complacent

Have a plan

Know who is contacting whom

Identify locations that are safe and away from areas that have the potential to be impacted by an event (e.g. earthquake prone areas)

Select who is “in charge” or who can initiate the execution of a Readiness Plan

Stay aware of your surroundings

Practice your plan: having a plan is not enough; not practicing is almost as bad as not having a plan at all

 During an Event

Remain calm: whatever is meant to happen will happen

Stay safe

Seek shelter immediately

Help those around you that need help

Wait for the event to stop before leaving your shelter

 After an Event

Evaluate the area around you – ensure it’s safe

Contact someone in your group and let them know you are okay

Help anyone around you who might be injured or hurt

Call for emergency services, if required.

If you are unable to contact your group via communications (phone, cell phone, radio, etc.), move to the designated “safe area”, so others know you are safe

Depending on the scale of the event, emergency services will likely be overwhelmed. DO NOT rely on them to help you. Seek others around you who may have medical training to help those who are seriously wounded.

If you or your group does not have a Readiness Plan – GET ONE! If you are unsure how to create one, contact us at Great Living Survival so we can help you create a plan specifically for your needs. Our Plan will  give you the peace of mind and knowledge in case of any situation.

Reference Article: This Could Be the Big One

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