Here comes the apocalypse!
Nothing grabs headlines like fear. In some circles, yesterday’s earthquake in Southern California was cast as a foreshock to the apocalypse. Cue the scenes of a volcano erupting in Los Angeles and an asteroid hurling towards earth. Somebody better call Tommy Lee Jones and Bruce Willis because we need a hero!
Are we scared yet? Okay, now let’s all take a step back from the ledge.
Yesterday’s 4.7 tremor? A simple reminder we live in earthquake country– instead of believing the hype, let’s take small steps towards individual and community resilience.
Ever done this before? Then you probably have a flashlight stashed away in case the power goes out.
You are more prepared than you think! If the power goes out, you have a flashlight handy, and you know who can pick up your kids if you get stuck at work. You adapt and move on – disaster averted! By managing everyday life you already have what it takes. So take simple actions now to make life easier when an earthquake happens!
72 hours is a great starting point for preparedness – it’s the first step in preparing yourself and your family for a disaster. Simple tips include keeping a bag of stuff to get you by for 3 days, having an out-of-state contact, and making sure your family has a safe meeting spot.
So what about heroes? Who is going to save the day? You will – and so will your neighbors.
In the event of an emergency, communities come together. Past disasters – from Sandy to Fukushima – have proven resilience because of people helping each other. Being prepared is not just about getting your supplies together; it’s about knowing your neighbors, lending a hand, and sharing your knowledge and skills to help your community.
New Yorkers helping neighbors after Super Storm Sandy.
Take the time to meet your neighbors – at home, at work, or through social networks. After all, these are the people we rely on everyday no matter the crisis!
For more small steps and ways to get connected check out: www.72hours.org. You can also check out our SFHeroes app for mobile devices!