San Francisco, CA (Vocus) February 21, 2008
Recent studies by the United States Geological Survey and the Association of Bay Area Governments concerning post-earthquake damage to residences indicate that the projected number of uninhabitable residences will probably exceed the 16,000 that were made uninhabitable by the 1989 Loma Prieta quake. One estimate states that a Magnitude 7.9 repeat of the 1906 earthquake or a Magnitude 6.9 rupture of the entire Hayward fault will result in more than 150,000 uninhabitable residences.
For many Bay Area residents, a local earthquake of these magnitudes will almost certainly mean that they will not want to, or be able to, live inside their homes for days or even weeks after an earthquake. After a quake, local officials will 'yellow-tag' homes that they consider hazardous due to structural damage, preventing people from even entering their homes. A significant number of post-1940 dwellings will be yellow-tagged because of some type of chimney damage. Another major reason for yellow-tagging of two-story or split-level homes will be damage (or even collapse) of garages with a living area above due to the failure of long wooden beams over these garages.
Chris McCloy, founder of Disaster Survival Solutions, a company located just miles from the epicenter of the 1906 earthquake, thinks Bay Area residents need to carefully assess whether they have a viable plan to ensure they can survive outside of their home for a week or more after an earthquake.
"Good preparation starts with self-sufficiency, and self-sufficiency starts at home. It doesn't make sense to count on local government to care for you and your family after a catastrophic earthquake because local authorities simply will not be able to house all the displaced households. Your odds of keeping your family safe increase exponentially when you have written down a proactive disaster plan and adequate supplies to care for those you love during and after an emergency," says McCloy.
McCloy has developed dozens of personal earthquake survival plans and recommends the following steps after a major earthquake:
1. Assemble at your disaster meeting place. A safe meeting place should be defined and all family members should be aware of this location. Ideally, it should be outside the house and away from any potential danger such as chimney stacks, falling debris or power lines.
2. Do a head count. Is everyone -- including pets -- accounted for?
3. Give first aid and get help for individuals who are seriously injured.
4. Use a self-powered radio to be aware of news and instructions from local authorities.
5. Check the house for structural damage, fires, fire hazards, gas leaks and other utility damage.
6. Determine if it is safe for your family to go back inside the home. If you find that your home is uninhabitable--or if you are unsure of your home's condition--provide safe shelter for your family and be prepared to stay in this shelter for at least a week.
McCloy believes that many Bay Area residents are just not adequately prepared, or have in place a disaster plan and earthquake kit that will prove insufficient. To help, he developed the QR Center , an earthquake kit that takes all the guesswork out of earthquake preparedness and includes a 10-section, detailed post-disaster plan, along with all supplies needed to survive up to a week. He is now delivering and installing the QR Center earthquake kit to Bay Area residents who are looking for a one-stop solution that provides peace of mind.
About the Quake Relief Center
The Quake Relief Center (QR Center) is a complete earthquake kit, housed in a durable weatherproof deck box that is designed to be located directly outside the home. It contains everything a family needs to be self-sufficient after a big quake, along with a personalized disaster action plan. Also available is a yearly maintenance service that includes an annual inspection, refresh of all perishable items in the kit, and an update of the personal disaster action plan. With QR Center, just minutes after a natural disaster occurs, Bay Area residents can be sure they will have a secure, warm, sheltered environment with lighting, hygiene essentials, first aid, and a week's supply of food and water. The QR Center offers one-stop, comprehensive disaster relief not available elsewhere.
The QR Center is sold in sizes suitable for from 2 to 7 people. It includes everything needed to survive outside the home for up to a week as well as the Quake Relief Plan -- comprehensive, step-by-step survival instructions for before, during and after an earthquake. Survival kits for cats and dogs are also available.
About Disaster Survival Solutions
Disaster Survival Solutions provides the resources families need to sustain themselves for a week or more during a major disaster. The company delivers, installs, and maintains customized QR Centers supplied with the highest-quality provisions. Company experts also provide customers quarterly e-newsletters full of timely information about how to protect their families during a catastrophic event. Disaster Survival Solutions is committed to its customers' safety and wellbeing, and is 100% focused on ensuring its customers and their families get prepared and stay prepared in earthquake country. On the web at http://www.qrcenter.com.
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