Nine Lessons Learned from the Earthquake #napaquake

Almost two weeks ago, our local town was rocked by a 6.0 earthquake.  I have already blogged about our experience the day of the event.  Since we have been doing cleanup and dealing with the aftermath, we have discovered some things we need to do differently in order to be prepared for another disaster.

lessons learned from earthquake

Hollow Wall Anchors/Screws

Hollow Wall Anchors/Screws

Anchor your furniture to the wall.

As you can see from the photo above, we had a large safe fall forward.  We also had a hutch on top of a dresser fall over as well an electric fireplace and a flat screen TV.  We have since wall-mounted the replacement TV and we will be anchoring everything else to the wall.  We are leaving the safe in its tilted position for the time being, in case of aftershocks (of which we have had quite a few).

Hollow Wall Anchors/Screws – $1.99, 8.95 shipping – Available at The Container Store

 

Maglite – 4-cell D Display Box Black

lessons learned from earthquake

Keep a flashlight by your bed (preferably in a drawer).

We were lucky that Art always keeps a mini flashlight in his nightstand drawer.  Bud also had a flashlight, but it was on top of his nightstand and rolled off.  I used the flashlight app on my cell phone, but I think it would have been much easier if we’d all had a flashlight to reach for.s

Maglite – 4-cell D Display Box Black – $25.98, 5.85 shipping – Available at Amazon.com

 

Energizer – D Cell Alkaline Battery (20500 mAh – D – Alkaline – 1.5 V DC)

Energizer - D Cell Alkaline Battery (20500 mAh - D - Alkaline - 1.5 V DC)

Don’t forget the batteries!!

Fortunately we had a few small flashlights in operation, as well as one battery operated radio.  Unfortunately, we were all out of D batteries, so we couldn’t use any of our larger flashlights.  Those would have come in handy while mopping the kitchen floor at 5 a.m.!!!

Energizer – D Cell Alkaline Battery (20500 mAh – D – Alkaline – 1.5 V DC) – $8.39 (34% off), Free shipping – Available at Shoplet.com

 

Solar Power Bank Hand Crank Cell Phone Charger Gift Perfect Boxed – Waterproof Protected

Consider having a hand crank charger for your cell phones.

Our power was only out for about 9 hours, but others had theirs out for a few days.  A cell phone is a great way to get and give information, through social media or the Internet.  Keeps yours charged!!

Solar Power Bank Hand Crank Cell Phone Charger Gift Perfect Boxed – Waterproof Protected / LED Flashlight (5400mAh)! Perfect For Outdoor Activities (FREE Carabiner Included)

 

Cabinet Locks – Pack of 4 Child Safety Locks – Child Baby Proof Safety Lock Lacthes- Kitchen Child Cabinet Lock – Baby Proofing Kit – Baby Safety Locks with 3M Adhesive Tape

Babyproof your cabinets and cupboards.

It may sound silly, especially if there are no small children in your house. Putting a babyproof lock on your cupboard door could keep your china from flying across the room in an earthquake.  Just be very careful when you open those doors later!!

Cabinet Locks – Pack of 4 Child Safety Locks – Child Baby Proof Safety Lock Lacthes- Kitchen Child Cabinet Lock – Baby Proofing Kit – Baby Safety Locks with 3M Adhesive Tape – 13.95 at Amazon.com

Nestle – NLE75720438662 – Nestle Bottled Spring Water – Clear & Green – NLE75720438662

Nestle - NLE75720438662 - Nestle Bottled Spring Water - Clear & Green - NLE75720438662

Keep plenty of bottled water on hand for drinking.

In addition, you may want to buy some gallon jugs of water to keep on hand for cooking.  Many of our local neighborhoods had broken water mains.  People in those neighborhoods went day without safe drinking water from the tap.

Nestle – NLE75720438662 – Nestle Bottled Spring Water – Clear & Green – NLE75720438662 – $9.05, Free shipping – Available at Shoplet.com

 

Briggs & Stratton – 30470 – 7000 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator – 30470

Briggs & Stratton - 30470 - 7000 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator - 30470

Consider purchasing a generator.

One house on our block had a generator and all the rest of us were jealous 😉 This is a big purchase, but if you can afford it, you might get some peace of mind from a portable generator.  One this size can run multiple appliances at one time.  Make sure to have plenty of gas on hand to keep it running.

Briggs & Stratton – 30470 – 7000 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator – 30470 – $949.00, Free shipping – Available at Electric Generators Direct

Midland – ER102 Weather & Alert Radio (with Child Abduction Emergency Amber Alert, Fire, Landslide, Biological Hazard, Civil Emergency Message – AM, FM – 7 Weather)

Midland - ER102 Weather & Alert Radio (with Child Abduction Emergency Amber Alert, Fire, Landslide, Biological Hazard, Civil Emergency Message - AM, FM - 7 Weather)

Have a battery operated radio on hand

Our battery operated radio was really helpful for finding out exactly what was going on and giving us some peace of mind.  We kept it on in the background for news reports and status updates.  (Don’t forget the batteries!!)

Midland – ER102 Weather & Alert Radio (with Child Abduction Emergency Amber Alert, Fire, Landslide, Biological Hazard, Civil Emergency Message – AM, FM – 7 Weather) – $49.99 (30% off), Free shipping – Available at TheProductSuperstore

 

Kidde 466227-01 ABC Pro Multi-Purpose Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher

Keep a fire extinguisher and have it serviced yearly.

The earthquake triggered quite a few house and other smaller fires in our town and surrounding area.

Kidde 466227-01 ABC Pro Multi-Purpose Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher; 1-A:10-B:C

Do you have any tips for preparing for a disaster?  Please share them in the comment section below.

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Recipe for Disaster

Have you ever stumbled across something like this on Facebook?

 

Recipe for Disaster

Sure you have.  People all over Facebook are liking and sharing these recipe status updates so they can “find them on their wall”.

What many people don’t understand is that these types of status updates are stealing.

When you like and share a stolen recipe you are taking money out of someone’s pocket.  Bloggers make money from the traffic to their blog.  Also, recipe photos are copyrighted property and should never be copied without the owner’s permission.

But Why Would Anyone Steal Recipes?

  1. Likefarming.  In likefarming scams, the more people that like a spammy recipe post, the more likes the likefarmer gets on their Facebook page.  According to this Facebook Scam Alert on Yahoo News:

    When the page gets enough fans (a hundred thousand or more)the owner might start placing ads on the page. Those ads show up in your news feed. They could be links to an app, a game, or a service they want you to buy. It could be a “recommendation” for a product on Amazon where the page owner gets a commission for every purchase made through the link. Or more nefariously, the page owner could be paid to spread malware by linking out to sites that install viruses on your computer for the purposes of identity theft. Bottom line: access to your news feed is lucrative.

  2. Trying to drive traffic to their own blog.  I have seen people start a blog built exclusively on stolen recipes.  Seriously.  You could even see the watermark from the originating blogs on the stolen photos.
  3. Ignorance.  Although this is the least likely reason, I know there are people out there who ignorantly copy recipes and repost them.

I am begging you NOT to like or share this type of status update.  Here are some tips on how to distinguish between a good recipe share and a scammy status update:

  • A good share stands on its own.  The owner does not have to beg you to “like” or “share”  A bad status update will have the phrase “share on your wall so you can find it later”
  • A good share does not contain the entire text of a recipe.  This is because the blogger or person who originally published the recipe wants you to read it on their website, not in a status update.  A bad status update will not only have the full text of a recipe, but will also link you to the spammer’s own website where they want you to sign up for a new diet plan or the like.
  • A good share, if it includes the original photo of the recipe, links back to the website it came from.  A bad status update will copy and paste the photo and there will be no link back to the originating website.

 And that’s my rant for the week.  Thank you for listening.

If the stolen recipe in the graphic above sounds appealing, you can check out the original recipe at The Kitchen Life of a Navy Wife.