We have mentioned
in many of our articles at ambilac, the build up and reaction of mother earth to the many on going
(and increasing) global events. These increasing events are part of a scenario that is due on this timeline, mainly due to
the increasing solar activity and the effects of the many incoming solar system objects. To understand why this is occurring
at this time, please take time to read over a few of our articles on the above sites, and in particular our recent article
HERE COMES THE SUN
the increase in global earthquakes (eg Bam Iran) and the constant seismic activity in the Wyoming (Yellowstone) area, it is
vital to be aware of the safe preparations one can implement to avoid and minimise damage.
Below I have
collated some useful preparation tips, prior, during and post quake events. In the event of recent Yellowstone activity
I would seriously
consider implementing preparation training imminently.
while I am not one for creating a panic scenario, in light of global events, my personal take on the Yellowstone scenario,
is to seriously consider making plans and be prepared for major evacuation. Due to the possible strength of the event, I would
suggest to move at least 450-600 miles away from the epicentre. Read over the safe survival tips on this site following the
many useful links that I have provided for your safe survival
are general preparation and precautionary tips, each area may have additional plans and contingencies.
The first plan of action is to organise an out-of-town contact in order that your family may call/or e-mail to check on each other should a disaster occur. The contact
should live far enough away that they would be unlikely to be directly affected by the same event. Ensure every household
member has that contact's, Number/cell phone etc and e-mail address. Your family and friends should be aware that if telephones
are not working, they need to be patient and try again later or try e-mail.
2. Establish a meeting place.
Organise a predetermined meeting place away from your home this will save time and minimize
confusion should your home be affected or the area evacuated. You may even want to make arrangements to stay with a family
member or friend in case of an emergency. Be sure to include any pets in these plans, since pets are not permitted in shelters
and some hotels will not accept them.
3. Assemble a disaster supplies kit.
In the event of a evacuation or are asked to "shelter in place," having some essential
supplies on hand will make you and your family more comfortable. Prepare a disaster supplies (see below) kit in an easy-to-carry
container such as a duffel bag or rucksack. Do not forget "special needs" items for any member of your household (infant formula
or items for people with disabilities or older people), first aid supplies (including prescription medications), a change
of clothing for each household member, a sleeping bag or bedroll for each, a battery powered radio or television and extra
batteries, food, bottled water and tools. It is also a good idea to include some cash and copies of important family documents
(birth certificates, passports and licenses) in your kit.
See lists below and follow the general guides I have placed within this survival site.
essential documents, such as birth and marriage certificates, insurance policies, life insurance beneficiary designations
and a copy of your will-should also be kept in a safe location outside your home.
Check on the school emergency plan of any school-age children
you may have.
You need to know if they will they keep children at school until
a parent or designated adult can pick them up or send them home on their own. Be sure that the school has updated information
about how to reach parents and responsible caregivers to arrange for pickup. And, ask what type of authorization the school
may require to release a child to someone you designate, if you are not able to pick up your child. During times of emergency
the school telephones may be overwhelmed with calls.
Additional information on preparing a disaster plane may be found in the links section
the Red Cross
If Disaster Strikes
calm and be patient.
the advice of local emergency officials.
to your radio or television for news and instructions.
the disaster occurs near you, check for injuries. Give first aid and get help for seriously injured people.
the disaster occurs near your home while you are there, check for damage using a flashlight. Do not light matches or candles
or turn on electrical switches. Check for fires, fire hazards and other household hazards. Sniff for gas leaks, starting at
the water heater. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open windows, and get everyone outside
off any other damaged utilities.
or secure your pets.
your family contactdo not use the telephone again unless it is a life-threatening emergency.
Check on your neighbours, especially those who are elderly or disabled
can be significant numbers of casualties and/or damage to buildings and the infrastructure. So employers need up-to-date information
about any medical needs you may have and on how to contact your designated beneficiaries.
law enforcement involvement at local, state and federal levels follows a terrorist attack due to the event's criminal nature.
and mental health resources in the affected communities can be strained to their limits, maybe even overwhelmed.
media coverage, strong public fear and international implications and consequences can continue for a prolonged period.
and schools may be closed, and there may be restrictions on domestic and international travel.
and your family or household may have to evacuate an area, avoiding roads blocked for your safety.
may take many months.
local authorities ask you to leave your home, they have a good reason to make this request, and you should heed the advice
immediately. Listen to your radio or television and follow the instructions of local emergency officials and keep these simple
tips in mind-
long-sleeved shirts, long pants and sturdy shoes so you can be protected as much as possible.
your disaster supplies kit.
your pets with you; do not leave them behind. Because pets are not permitted in public shelters, follow your plan to go to
a relative's or friend's home, or find a "pet-friendly" hotel.
travel routes specified by local authoritiesdon't use shortcuts because certain areas may be impassable or dangerous.
away from downed power lines.
Listen to local authorities.
Your local authorities will provide you with the most accurate information specific to an event in your area.
Staying tuned to local radio and television, and following their instructions is your safest choice.
If you're sure you have time:
your family contact to tell them where you are going and when you expect to arrive.
off water and electricity before leaving, if instructed to do so. Leave natural gas service ON unless local officials advise
you otherwise. You may need gas for heating and cooking, and only a professional can restore gas service in your home once
it's been turned off. In a disaster situation it could take weeks for a professional to respond.
a disaster supplies kit for home and car:
Please use this guide in conjunction with the other emergency supply kit mentioned on this site,
in particular, what to do in the event of power cuts etc.
disaster supplies including:
radio, flashlight, and plenty of extra batteries
At least three gallons of water per person, preferably more
food and can opener
First aid kit
Tools and instructions to shut off utilities
and work gloves
essentials, such as a flashlight and sturdy shoes, by your bedside.
water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk
cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments
and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more.
one gallon of water per person per day.
at least a three-day supply of water per person (two quarts for drinking, two quarts for each person in your household for
at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and
little or no water. If you must heat food, pack a can of sterno. Select food items that are compact and lightweight. Include
a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit:
canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
(salt, sugar, pepper, spices, etc.)
First Aid Kit
a first aid kit for your home and one for each car.
adhesive bandages, various sizes.
5" x 9" sterile dressing.
conforming roller gauze bandage.
3 x 3 sterile gauze pads.
4 x 4 sterile gauze pads.
roll 3" cohesive bandage.
germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
pair large medical grade non-latex gloves.
tape, 2" width.
breathing barrier, such as a face shield.
or nonaspirin pain reliever
(for stomach upset)
of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)
Tools and Supplies
kits, or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils*
radio and extra batteries*
and extra batteries*
or traveler's checks, change*
can opener, utility knife*
extinguisher: small canister ABC type
in a waterproof container
wrench, to turn off household gas and water
of the area (for locating shelters)
garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses)
bucket with tight lid
Clothing and Bedding
at least one complete change of clothing and footwear per person.
shoes or work boots*
or sleeping bags*
family members with special requirements, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons
and high blood pressure medication
lenses and supplies
what to do when the shaking begins:
DROP, COVER, AND HOLD ON! Move only a few steps to a nearby safe place.
Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you’re sure it’s safe to exit. Stay away from windows. In a high-rise
building, expect the fire alarms and sprinklers to go off during a quake.
If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting
your head with a pillow.
If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, and power lines. Drop to the
If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place (as described above). Stay in the car until the shaking
Identify what to do after the shaking stops:
yourself for injuries. Protect yourself from further danger by putting on long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes,
and work gloves.
Check others for injuries. Give first aid for serious injuries.
Look for and extinguish small fires.
Eliminate fire hazards. Turn off the gas if you smell gas or think its leaking (remember, only a professional should turn
it back on).
Listen to the radio for instructions.
Expect aftershocks. Each time you feel one, DROP, COVER, AND HOLD
Inspect home for damage. Get everyone out if your home is unsafe.
Use the telephone only to report life-threatening
How to Shelter-in-Place
and lock all windows and exterior doors.
you are told there is danger of explosion, close the window shades, blinds, or curtains.
off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems.
the fireplace damper.
your family disaster supplies kit and make sure the radio is working.
to an interior room without windows that's above ground level. In the case of a chemical threat, an above-ground location
is preferable because some chemicals are heavier than air, and may seep into basements even if the windows are closed.
your pets with you, and be sure to bring additional food and water supplies for them.
is ideal to have a hard-wired telephone in the room you select. Call your emergency contact and have the phone available if
you need to report a life-threatening condition. Cellular telephone equipment may be overwhelmed or damaged during an emergency.
duct tape and plastic sheeting (heavier than food wrap) to seal all cracks around the door and any vents into the room.
listening to your radio or television until you are told all is safe or you are told to evacuate. Local officials may call
for evacuation in specific areas at greatest risk in your community.
there are customers, clients, or visitors in the building, provide for their safety by asking them to stay not leave. When
authorities provide directions to shelter-in-place, they want everyone to take those steps now, where they are, and not drive
or walk outdoors.
there is an imminent threat, ask employees, customers, clients, and visitors to call their emergency contact to let them know
where they are and that they are safe.
on call-forwarding or alternative telephone answering systems or services. If the business has voice mail or an automated
attendant, change the recording to indicate that the business is closed, and that staff and visitors are remaining in the
building until authorities advise it is safe to leave.
and lock all windows, exterior doors, and any other openings to the outside.
you are told there is danger of explosion, close the window shades, blinds, or curtains.
Have employees familiar with your buildings mechanical systems
turn off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems. Some systems automatically
In Your Vehicle:
If you are driving a vehicle and hear advice to shelter-in-place on the radio, take these
you are very close to home, your office, or a public building, go there immediately and go inside. Follow the shelter-in-place
recommendations for the place you pick described above.
you are unable to get to a home or building quickly and safely, then pull over to the side of the road. Stop your vehicle
in the safest place possible. If it is sunny outside, it is preferable to stop under a bridge or in a shady spot, to avoid
off the engine. Close windows and vents.
possible, seal the heating/air conditioning vents with duct tape.
to the radio regularly for updated advice and instructions.
where you are until you are told it is safe to get back on the road. Be aware that some roads may be closed or traffic detoured.
Follow the directions of law enforcement officials.
Pets in disasters
Please see separate article
Fore more detailed information, here are comprehensive links to in-depth guides.
ready for a quake?
Red Cross Before disaster strikes
Shelter-in-place Fact Sheet
From Ammo.com - Preparing For Disaster:
Are You Ready For An Emergency?
Live Seismic Internet server - updated every 30 minutes
Earthquake maps and useful information from ABAG
Advice for travellers
Red Cross Preparedness fact sheets
FEMA - Are you ready guide - covers all natural disasters and more