I’m off to bed and will blog about this some more later, but BOOBQUAKE has begun!
There are a few sites that track earthquakes in real/near real-time. Here are a couple of links :
As well, here are some handy tips on surviving an earthquake:
Prepare ahead of time. There are many different things that go into an earthquake preparedness kit. See this link for specific details on packing your earthquake preparedness kit.
Also, make sure you prepare mentally so that you know what to do without panicking during the earthquake. Try to stay calm during the earthquake. Many times, injuries or death occur which could have been prevented due to panic. When the earthquake starts, begin to think about the steps you need to take, which are outlined in the following steps.
If you are inside when the earthquake starts, stand in doorway or crouch under a sturdy desk or table. Be sure to stay a safe distance from any windows, glass doors or large pieces of furniture containing doors or which are not secured to a wall. If you are outside during the earthquake, get away from buildings, trees, telephone poles and power lines. If you are driving, drive away from underpasses and overpasses. Stop in clear area and stay in the vehicle until the earthquake has stopped.
After the earthquake, check for injuries. Provide first aid as needed and seek medical attention if required.
If you are at home (or when you return home) check for gas, water and sewage leaks as well as downed power lines or electrical shorts. Turn off utilities as required by the situation. See Link for details-http://www.ehow.com/how_2264258_prepare-earthquake.html
Check for building damage and potential problems during aftershocks. If severe cracks or other structural weaknesses have occurred, these could give way during aftershocks. If the structure you are in is no longer safe, retreat to another location.
Remember to wear shoes after the earthquake. It will prevent injuries if things have fallen off of shelves or out of cupboards.
At some time during this process, turn on the radio on and listen for instructions from public safety agencies. A battery or crank operated radio is handy in this situation as you often will not have power.
Use the telephone for emergencies only. The lines become overwhelmed by calls after an earthquake due to people checking on relatives or friends. These lines may be needed for emergencies so you do not want to tie them up.
And finally, here are some links to help the survivors of the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chili:
Oxfam – Haiti: http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/haiti-earthquake
Oxfam – Chili: http://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/chile-earthquake-2010
Médecins sans frontières: http://www.msf.ca/donate/
I’m working on a some Boobquake 2010 t-shirts and bumper sticker designs. I won’t have them done for today, but I’m hoping they’ll be ready to show you by the end of the week.
If you like, you could send me some pictures of Boobquake events or participation (keep it clean!) to fangirlshandbag (at) rogers.com and I’ll post them on the site.