While most of this weekend’s attention has been focused on Hurricane Irene, the FEMA National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) has not forgotten last week’s East Coast earthquake. This event gave us an important reminder that we live on a restless planet. But there are many important things we can do to protect ourselves, our homes, and our families.
The M 5.8 earthquake centered in Mineral, VA was felt from Georgia all the way to Canada. Earthquakes do happen on the East Coast and they can cause serious life safety and economic losses for those in the impacted area. Because of the stable soils we have in the east, earthquakes tend to impact a much larger area than they do out west. Because earthquakes can happen here, and since we will be experiencing aftershocks in the coming weeks, it is important to remember that there are several things you can do before, during and after an earthquake to better protect yourself.
Before an earthquake, it is important for individuals, families, organizations, and communities to identify their risk, make a plan, create a disaster kit, and remove, relocate, or secure anything that can: Continue reading