Non Sequitur

Apr. 3, 2012 at 9:02pm

Emergency prepardness


As is well known, we are on the Ring of Fire; the same geological hotspot that produced 9.0 quakes in Japan and Sumatra in recent years, as well as 9-point events in Alaska and Chile in the last 50 years. Furthermore, the fault off the WA coast generated an estimated 8.8 to 9.2 quake in 1700.

...and don't forget about that range of active & dormant volcanoes just east of here.

So, it's really only inevitable that a seriously catastrophic seismic/volcanic event is going to happen. And probably sooner than we all think.

What have you done to prepare? First aid kits and training? Water filtration kits? Long-term storable food? Emergency plans and communications already laid out and understood by family? If you're Fredo, do you have enough ammo?

comments [14]  |  posted under 2012, apocalypse, emergency preparedness


by KevinFreitas on 4/3/2012 @ 9:24pm
I studied this kinda' stuff in school and, yup, we're overdue for a lot of things. Best to at least have an emergency kit and some non-perishable food items along with a plan with friends and loved ones for what to do in these kinds of emergencies especially if you all get separated. If a subduction zone or shallow quake on the Seattle fault hits this area will very quickly change unfortunately.

The volcano (Mt. Rainier, primarily) poses the greatest danger to those in the valleys that surround it due to mudflows (aka lahars). Warning systems and drills will likely avert the greatest loss of lives and ash, though a concern, will likely mostly head to the east side of the state (remember Mt. St. Helens?) carried along by the prevailing winds. Some could absolutely fall here depending on the weather as well.

I could go on and on. But won't. I'll just say this: I carry my camera everywhere I go for a reason and, if Mt. Rainier blows, you can bet I'm going to get that shot.

by JesseHillFan on 4/3/2012 @ 9:59pm
A great thing to have in an emergency is a ham-amateur radio transceiver (best) with a battery backup or portable power system or even a conventional analog two way radio might work if in a dire regional catastrophe.You could be a immensely valuable local service too to other survivors or to the government.
Cell networks,land line phones,even Internet access might not be available in a large scale catastrophe Yes not having a FCC license with a ham-amateur radio would be illegal if used.Then again who would really care about that in an emergency situation if you survived it.
Without ammo you can always trust your Roman Gladius.

by Cheechmo on 4/4/2012 @ 10:20am
One can never have enough ammo

by fredo on 4/4/2012 @ 10:29am
Mayor Strickland, Representative Dicks, Senator Murray, Governor Gregoire and President Obama are here to look after the interests of those who are too stupid to know, the citizens. Please don't create hysteria Mr. NS.

It takes a village. And keep your powder dry.

by The Jinxmedic on 4/4/2012 @ 10:36am
To learn more about how to prepare for any disasater, one should certainly attend the one-day-only Tacoma Zombie Festerval and Preparedness Expo! September 29th! At the Tacoma Dome Hotel!

(official launch date May first - for a sneak preview, check out: )

by Non Sequitur on 4/4/2012 @ 11:24am
^^Oh lordy

by NineInchNachos on 4/4/2012 @ 11:28am
it's a good thing all our national guard are in Afghanistan.

by Non Sequitur on 4/4/2012 @ 11:34am
I have a plan and supplies. Here's what's in my kit:

1) Enough food for all people in the house for 6 months.
2) Enough critter food for 2 weeks. After that, I'm sorry but Fido and Muffin are on their own. We're in BIG trouble if things aren't better in 2 weeks.
3) Water filters and those iodine tablets to purify water.
4) Potassium Iodide pills
5) Serious first-aid kit. And serious training on first-aid skills.
6) Super-sharp survival knives
7) Several lengths of various ropes.
8) Can of gasoline stabilizer
9) Hand-crank radio with HAM band and SW as well
10) Hand-crank LED flashlights
11) Laminated local and state maps
12) vacuum-sealed warm clothes and blankets
13) Several sticks of deodorant, bar soap and basic hygiene materials like combs and nail clippers
14) Enough backpack sized mini-kits with the highlights of above for each household member in case we have to flee
15) Comprehensive plans shared with and agreed upon by family. Meeting points, communication plans, etc are well covered. As are responsibilities.

by fredo on 4/4/2012 @ 11:38am
can I get your address NS? I think the Fredo's emergency plan is to show up at your house.

by The Jinxmedic on 4/4/2012 @ 11:46am
NS could be teaching classes at the 2012 Tacoma Zombie Festerval and Preparedness Expo...

by fredo on 4/4/2012 @ 11:49am
wouldn't a natural disaster of the type NS warned us about tend to kill off all the Zombies?

by NineInchNachos on 4/4/2012 @ 12:03pm
forget supplies, invest in mobs and you'll never go hungry

by fredo on 4/4/2012 @ 12:10pm
Mobs are a bad thing.

Remember a mob drove the Chinese out of their homes in 1885. That was a bad thing.

Better remedy to a disaster is a Presidential Proclamation. President Roosevelt used one to drive all the Japanese out of their homes in 1942. That was a good thing.

See the difference?

by NineInchNachos on 4/4/2012 @ 12:18pm
mobs don't do bad things, people do. a mob is just a tool like broccoli. is broccoli evil? I think not. Thanks for playing!


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