Surviving an Earthquake

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DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON

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First of all, take cover, remain calm, and prepare for aftershocks.

If you are INSIDE when you feel the shaking:

  • Drop down onto your hands and knees so the earthquake does not knock you down.
  • Get as low as possible to the floor.
  • Cover your head and neck with a pillow
  • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls and anything that could fall such as light fixtures or furniture.
  • Hold on to any furniture or item of stability

If you are OUTSIDE when you feel the shaking:

  • Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires; anything that can fall on you.

If you are in a MOVING VEHICLE when you feel the shaking:

  • Stop as quickly and safely as possible and stay in your vehicle.
  • Do NOT stop under overpasses, trees, utility poles, or any object that can fall on you.

For more information on how to ensure you’re prepared for an earthquake check out FEMAs Organization for Earthquake Playbook.


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Earthquakes – Are you Prepared?

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While it’s impossible to know when a disaster might strike, it’s easy to make sure you’re prepared. In the event of an earthquake, the best place to start is to search your home for any potential hazards and to make sure you have a survival kit on hand.

Start a Hazard Hunt

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You can start your hazard hunt by imagining that your entire house shaking. Go from room to room in your house to look for any objects that could be ask risk of falling over during an earthquake. Examples would include:

  • bookshelves
  • appliances
  • water heaters and furnaces
  • large screen TV’s
  • other heavy items

Secure your water heater to wall studs with metal straps and bookshelved can be secured using brackets to attach them to wall. Consider installing latches on upper kitchen cabinets to prevent contents spilling out, causing injury. Also, be mindful of these objects that are near your bed in the event the earthquake happens while you are asleep

Build a Kit

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 Stock up on emergency supplies. This list is by no means complete but can serve as a starting point.

  • Non-perishable food – enough for each of your family members for up to seven days stored in five gallon buckets or tote boxes
  • Enough water for each of your family members for seven days. Many suggest 2 gallons of water per day / per person.
  • Flashlights with plenty of fresh batteries
  • Radios – Battery Powered, Hand Crank, and/or Solar Radio
  • Camping Supplies for emergency cooking and shelter
  • Cell Phone Charger – Consider getting a Solar charger.
  • Medical Supplies or a well-stocked First Aid Kit and the knowledge to use it
  • Sanitation Supplies – Hand sanitizer, towlettes, toilet paper, paper towels, plastic bags
  • Cash – A severe earthquake could make your cash at the bank unavailable for a period of time.
  • Battery Backup – A good marine battery with a solar charger to supply
  • Power generator with fresh fuel (About 3-5 months depending on where it’s kept. If you add a fuel stabilizer it’ll last 6-8 months)
  • Fire extinguishers – Fire extinguishers can last anywhere from 3 to 12 years
  • Dust Masks for filtering contaminated air
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Extra Seasonal Clothing
  • Blankets and sleeping supplies
  • Any necessary or vital prescriptions – A 30-day supply

 


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Earthquakes – Are You Asking The Right Questions?

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4bb2684df51d6f866b8459643806c19fAre you prepared for a natural disaster? You never know when a disaster might strike and if you aren’t fully prepared the affects could be lasting. With a little preparation, you can help ensure that you and your family aren’t left picking up the pieces of a natural disaster. If you aren’t sure where to start to get prepared, here are some questions you should be asking yourself:

  • FOOD
    • Do you have enough non-perishable food for at least seven days for everyone in your care?
    • Do you have means to cook the food?
  • WATER
    • Do you have enough water (2 gallons per person/per day) for seven days?
    • Do you have a way to safely filter water in the event the need goes beyond seven days?
  • SHELTER and SECURITY
    • In the event your home is destroyed, do you have a plan about where you would go? Remember that if YOU are displaced from your home, thousands of others will likely be displaced as well. So, for the most part, hotels and motels are NOT an option.
    • Do you have an alternate means by which to heat your home if utilities were to become unavailable for many days?
  • IMPORTANT PAPERS, DOCUMENTS, AND VALUABLES
    • Are these items readily available and secure?
    • Do you have a list of contact information for insurers, financial institutions, families and friends, co-workers, and others?
  • MEDICAL
    • Do you have any special prescription needs? If so, do you have a 30-day supply on hand?
    • Do you have a First Aid Kit?
    • Do you have the knowledge to help yourself and others with basic First Aid?
  • COMMUNICATIONS
    • How will you communicate with others in your family and others in the outside world? If cell towers are damaged and unavailable, how would you communicate with family and friends?

joplin_1_0.jpg.560x0_q80_crop-smartIf you answered no to any of the above questions take some time NOW to make plans and prepare so that you can not only survive a disaster, but thrive and help others as well.

Check back with us next week as we go over how to “hazard hunt” your home and give you the basics of what you need in a survival kit.

 

If you want to start preparing now, and easy way to get the conversation started about your safety is to fill out these FEMA Family Communication Cards, so you can make sure your whole family knows who to contact in case of an emergency.

 


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Earthquakes – Preparing for Disaster

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The 1811–12 New Madrid earthquakes were an intense intraplate earthquake series felt over roughly 130,000 square miles. They began with an initial earthquake of moment magnitude 7.5–7.9 on December 16, 1811 which was followed by a moment magnitude 7.4  aftershock on the same day. They remain the most powerful earthquakes to hit the contiguous United States east of the Rocky Mountains in recorded history.

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Less severe earthquakes in this region have happened periodically ever since. Even though the U.S. Geological Survey’s annual earthquake forecast in 2017 pinpoints Oklahoma and central California’s coast as highest risks for damaging shaking, it makes perfect sense to be prepared for an earthquake or any other natural or man-made disaster.

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Recent Quakes
2016 New Madrid Earthquakes

5/1/16 –  3.514km NNW of La Center, Kentucky  Magnitude 5

4/2/16 –  52km N of Blytheville, Arkansas  Magnitude 2.5

3/20/16 –  69km SW of Caruthersville, Missouri  Magnitude 2.6

3/1/16 –  519km ENE of Hardy, Arkansas  Magnitude 2.5

1/29/16 –  510km E of Malden, Missouri  Magnitude 2.5

1/15/16 –  53km SSW of Caruthersville, Missouri  Magnitude 2.5

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It’s important to have a plan for when disaster strikes. Here at Meramec Valley insurance, we want to help you ensure that your family and your home are safe even through the worst. Check back with us next week as we go over key questions you should be asking about your preparedness for a disaster.

For more information on why insuring your home is the safest call, click here: FEMA – Insure your property


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Power Strips Advice

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Power strips are not typically designed to have high amperage items like hair dryers and space heaters plugged into them.  This is what could happen and if you are asleep or away from home, you could lose your home, your life; you could lose everything. Don’t take chances!

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FOCUS ON MISSOURI: Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Camdenton

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Ha Ha Tonka State Park

The name Ha Ha Tonka is from the Osage Indian phrase “Ha Ha Tonka” meaning “Laughing Spirit” in reference to the gushing springs.

Imposing architecture and breathtaking scenery combine to make Ha Ha Tonka State Park one of Missouri’s most treasured spots.

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Located on the Lake of the Ozarks, the park features the stone ruins of a turn-of-the-20th-century castle began in the early 1900’s by a prominent Kansas City businessman, Robert McClure Snyder, high atop a bluff. His tragic death, one of the first automobile fatalities in Missouri (on Independence Boulevard in Kansas City), brought an end to the rise of a powerful businessman, his legacy, and the building of the castle at Ha Ha Tonka.

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Ha Ha Tonka in the early 1900’s

For sixteen years, the castle remained unfinished. Snyder’s sons Robert, Jr., Leroy, and Kenneth continued the work but the pace was slow and not nearly as elaborate as the original plans. In 1922, the interior and upper floors were finally completed. During this time, Robert Snyder, Jr., lived at the castle.

By the time the castle was finally complete, the family businesses were in decline. The family eventually leased the building to a woman named Mr.s Ellis who operated it as a hotel for the next several years. In 1942, sparks from one of the many fireplaces ignited the roof, gutting much of the structure.

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The building sat abandoned for many years and has been the target of vandals and a victim of the elements until in 1978, the State of Missouri purchased the estate and opened it as a State park.

The park of approximately 3,000 acres on the Niangua Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks, has more than 15 miles of trails traversing the park leading visitors to sinkholes, natural bridges, caves and down to the lake for many fishing, boating, and swimming possibilities.

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More information about the park may be found here.


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The Wise Still Seek Him

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In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews?

For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.'”

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.”

When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.

On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another path.

Matthew 2:1–12

 

 

 

 

 

 

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