Even two to three years back I would have assumed earthquakes were something we wouldn't have to worry about in Texas. I figured if an earthquake hit us, it would be part of a much bigger natural disaster where California, Oregon & Washington fell off into the sea, and my preparedness would be worth zilch with millions falling into the ocean.
Thanks to fracking, and thanks to an unwillingness to recognize that earthquakes are caused by fracking, the practice will continue to break up the earth below us, fill our water supply with deadly carcinogens that light our tap water on fire and cause the earth to quake in places that have never before experienced earthquakes for the foreseeable future. That's reason enough to prepare for an unnatural disaster such as fracking-induced earthquakes. As long as money can be made, your fine china be damned, we're frickin' frackin' the ground beneath you. Be prepared.
Through the years, a lot of us have heard of the recommendation that we find and stand in a doorway. Upon first moving to Alaska in 2002, I learned a lot about earthquake prep and execution of safety plans. You see, before fracking, the earthquake-iest place in America was Alaska. Hundreds, if not thousands, of earthquakes occur every year in Alaska. Most are minor and not felt by people without proper instrumentation.
The myth of standing in a doorway was the first thing I through out the window. I was told that if you stand in a doorway and hang on for balance, the door can slam shut, and it's very difficult digging yourself out of rubble or helping neighbors with crushed digits.
Instead, you're told to go underneath a table, hang on to one leg and stay there for protection from falling debris until the earthquake has stopped. That sounds like a solid plan, I thought. I thought wrong. The worst part about an earthquake is that there's no prep time at all. With tornados & hurricanes you have radar predicting the path & location of the storm, and even without the TV or radio, your eyes can show you that bad things are headed your way.
No, chances are you'll be in the most unhelpful place and situation when an earthquake strikes. The first time I felt an earthquake in Alaska, my wife was on the toilet and I was holding my newborn son, Tyler, feeding him a bottle. When an earthquake strikes, especially the first you've experienced, it's important to remember the "Jamie Garrett Emergency Preparedness Plan of Action" guidelines for earthquakes.
Despite your plan and your cool demeanor, you're going to go through the 3 stages of experiencing an earthquake. The 1st stage is the "what's that?" stage. This is a stage that will have you simply asking, "What's that?" for an undetermined period of time. The 2nd stage is the "OMG that's an earthquake" stage, where you think, either in your head or out loud, "OMG, that's an earthquake".
The 3rd, and most important, stage is the "Freeze" stage. Yes, despite your plan and a nearby table, you're going to freeze and hope for the best. Don't go running to a table. The ground is moving beneath you. Check to make sure there's nothing on a shelf that's gonna clobber you in the noggin, and just freeze.
The Jamie Garrett method for surviving an earthquake could very well save your life one day during an earthquake.