Part of being prepared is asking questions when visiting new places. We all too often think that if we are prepared in our home space, we are good to go. The truth is, every time you travel, go to a different part of the globe, you must understand what things you need to be prepared for while there.
In my prior roles at other organizations, I traveled a lot. I had clients across the United States so frequented many states, locations, and businesses. In most of my travels, whoever I was visiting, would provide a safety brief of the things I needed to know about their location, potential weather, or other environmental factors.
Visiting locations in the mid-west, I was told where tornado shelters were in buildings and protocol if a tornado outbreak occurred. In San Francisco, I learned about what I needed to know if an earthquake took place.
Living in Central PA, we do experience mini earthquakes on occasion as the Ramapo Fault Line runs from southeastern New York through southeastern PA. There has been more than one occasion where I was given a shake because of a tremor in the fault line. For the most part, these have been non-events.
My first experience in the office in San Francisco, I learned a whole other level of preparedness for earthquakes. To start, under every desk we kept earthquake kits. Why, well if the earth starts to shake while you are in the office, you should duck and cover under your desk. If the earthquake is severe enough and you are trapped in the office or under your desk, you now have supplies such as food, water, first aid kit, flashlight, tools, and emergency blanket to help until you can be safely removed from the space.
Unlike most weather events, earthquakes have never been predicted. So, understanding and being prepared in environments prone to earthquake activity is extremely necessary for survival. Additionally, earthquakes cause other environmental events such as soil liquefaction, landslides, fissures, avalanches, fires, and tsunamis. Any preparation for an earthquake needs to consider the events to follow.
We have created an earthquake guide for your reference. If you are moving to or visiting an area prone to earthquakes, make sure to speak to locals to learn more about the history of earthquakes in the area and understand how to best be prepared for one in the future.