January 20, 2022

Topanga Tim's Survival Tips—Earthquake Size Up in Public Places


Drop, cover and hold on—but to what?

Medley Mary was telling me she was eating at a restaurant when a pretty good-sized earthquake jolted the place.

As a well-prepared Topangan, Mary dove under her table and held on to the table legs. She was amazed to see most patrons simply frozen in their seats with deer-in-the-headlights expressions.

A few ran out of the building (not a good idea!). They didn’t have a clue what they should do.

When you are in a public place, take a few seconds to check out your surroundings and create a plan, just in case. A little pre-planning could save you from injury if everything starts to rock and roll.

Remember, earthquakes have no season. You can find more earthquake preparedness tips at www.shakeout.org.

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