At 9.30am this morning we had New Zealand Shake Out – a simulated earthquake event to remind/teach people how to react if they find themselves in a major earthquake.
The main instruction is to Drop, Cover and Hold, until the shaking ends.
Son and I used the occasion to discuss Home Safety issues – such as which pieces of furniture we should try and avoid during a shake so as not to be injured by items flying off shelves etc.
At precisely 9.30am I happened to be walking through the living room. No tables here, so I dropped to my knees, covered my head with my arms and tried to make myself as small as possible (not easy!).
Son braced himself in the hall doorway which he was walking through at the time.
I have been through many earthquakes, none of them too serious, and they are usually over before you have a chance to react. But earthquakes are unpredictable, and one never knows when the next big one might strike.
|All the flat land here was ocean before the 1931 Napier earthquake|
Hopefully none of us ever has to experience a major earthquake disaster, but the odds are reasonably high (here in New Zealand) that we will do so at some time in our lives. Those who have been through such disasters already, will tell you that it pays to be prepared.
For anyone wanting further information about earthquake preparedness, or information about how to respond to other natural disasters, the webpage getready.govt.nz/ has good comprehensive information that can help.