Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Prudent Prepping: Prepping For the Inevitable Big One

The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.            

As if I needed a wake-up call to get ready for what is coming, the government has sent out a full-color animation of the BIG ONE. Well, maybe not the REALLY Big One, but certainly big enough and close enough to really ruin the day for approximately 2 million people.

This information come from the United States Geological Survey, and this video shows a view of the expected damage zones of an earthquake on the Hayward Fault. I looked and the fault line stretches from San Jose, through Oakland and almost to Napa.

This information is very similar to that from a site I wrote about in July 2016, from the San Francisco Disaster Preparedness Office, but that was only text; video really brings home what could happen.

Here is an animation of what will happen near me (there are other animations on the USGS Hayward Fault page):

Yes,  I live between Downtown (Concord) and Walnut Creek, about 20 miles east of the actual fault. I do expect major damage to roads, freeways and older buildings, like the 60 year-old house I live in.

While the USGS didn't release this scenario to create fear but rather to show  what could happen when the Hayward fault quakes, that video by dozens of experts is eye-opening and frankly a bit frightening. It has built a fire under several of my friends to stock up, and I'm hoping that one or two more will start seriously preparing for what WILL happen, even if the exact date is unknown.

What To Do
I am planning to increase my stored food and water by 50% before the end of the year.

Here are other things you can do:
  • Read the GHB (Get Home Bag) posts on this blog. Look at what everyone has posted, especially our authors that live in a similar climate to yours. 
  • If you are at any level of prepping, please share Erin's post on how to have a calm talk on prepping with your non-prepping friends and family!
  • Make sure you have your supplies safely stored if you are away, as Lokidude discusses here
  • Use your gear to keep up on what you know, like Chaplain Tim explains here
  • Whether Bugging In or Out, be certain everyone in your group/family/tribe knows what is expected of them, knows what to do in an emergency, and has the necessary gear and has confidence in each other to do the right things. 

The Recap
Even though my planned-for disaster happens infrequently and yours may be more common, we all need to step up to take care of those around us and spread the word on how simple, easy and Blue Collar it is to be prepared.

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NOTE: All items tested were purchased by me. No products have been loaned in exchange for a favorable review. Any items sent to me for T&E will be listed as such. Suck it Feds.

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