So, where were you on Tuesday at 10:15 a.m.? I hope that you were under a table or desk holding on for dear life while experiencing Utah’s The Great Shake Out’s imaginary earthquake. I wasn’t. I was busily typing away when I happened to glance at the clock and realized that it was 10:19 a.m.! I had nearly missed the whole thing. It startled me so much that I hurried and jumped up from the chair and climbed under my desk! It was very uncomfortable.
I didn’t realize how low the keyboard holder, which was attached under the desk top, hung down. Or how pointy the hinges on it were. I now know. Fortunately I have one of those module desks and I had several points of entrance that I was able to use and I found a safe way to hunker down.
I’ve got to tell you, it was all very uncomfortable, but I guess it is better to be uncomfortable than dead or maimed.
As I crawled under my desk I considered what resources I had under my desk that would be helpful if in fact there had been a real earthquake. Resources? Under a desk? You would understand if you knew me. I like having resources. I have a very large purse that I keep under my desk and I it keep stocked with a variety of first-aid supplies and other various things that a normal person wouldn’t carry around. I have my reasons.
Back to the resources.
I mentally started going through all of my stuff: a small first aid kit, a small bottle of orange juice (that I keep in my purse for a diabetic emergency), a small chunk of survival bread, a HAM radio (it doesn’t do any good to leave it at home in a drawer), spare prescription glasses, feminine pads (in case I had a large gash and had to stop severe bleeding), a list of all of my emergency contacts and their numbers, a list of all of my medications and medical diagnosis (in case I did get hurt and needed medical attention). That was the list of things in my purse, under my desk.
For when I was able to get out from under the desk, after the earthquake, I also evaluated my resources that I had in the trunk of my car: 22 bottles of water (I had a full case, but I drank two while on a trip), two coats (one coat can separate into two and the other one is a bright neon emergency coat that can also be made into a vest), a change of clothes (I need to check to see if they still fit), a couple of warm knit beanies, gloves, spare prescription glasses, a bigger first aid kit, a roll of toilet paper, a change of socks, a pair of broken in hiking shoes, a small backpack to carry necessities, a couple of umbrellas (one to use and one to share) and a couple of decorative pillows (I want be comfortable if I need to take a nap).
These are the items that I didn’t have. I could have used a whistle in my purse. If the earthquake had been real AND if I had been stuck under the desk and unable to get out, a whistle would have been very helpful. The sound of a whistle travels a LOT further than the human voice and it takes a lot less air to operate than if you were to try to yell. I think I’ll get a couple of whistles; a small cute one for my already over-burdened key chain, and a really good quality one to stick in my purse (just one more thing to lug around).
What I was missing in my car was a blanket. I of course have one of those little silver blankets that are in my emergency kit, but I prefer to cuddle up with cotton and fluff. I used to have one in my trunk, but somebody (I won’t name names) used it and didn’t put it back. I have plenty of blankets and quilts in my house and so I’m going to grab one and put it back out there.
Somewhere around 900,000 Utahans participated in The Great Shake Out, but know that whether or not you participated in the mock drill, you will participate in the real earthquake when it happens. And it will happen.
Make a family plan, get a 72-hr kit together, STORE WATER and evaluate your resources – even under your desk.