Run for the Hills


March 11th brought disaster upon Japan. Now, in response, we are having a lot of disaster drills. Living on a large bay, there is some possibility of tsunami here; however, even the most conservative models show that we can’t get a terribly large one here. Regardless of that, we are running around preparing for “the big one”.

Today we will have a tsunami drill for the case where our three story concrete building is not substantial enough. We will evacuate the building, gather on the grounds, and then head for the next building. Not sure if this is the best plan considering that some of the children who perished in the disaster had evacuated to their school grounds and were waiting there when the tsunami came.

Anyhow, the drill will start in 10 minutes. We have been planning this for weeks; which begs the question: is it really a preparedness drill if we all have a schedule?

Update – The time between the earthquake warning alarm and getting all the children into the adjacent building was over 20 minutes. If the earthquake is a long way away, maybe this is acceptable, but this idea of moving us to a different building seems like a recipe for disaster.

On the positive side, they made it very clear that the most important thing was to protect yourself. They warned about the possibility of broken glass, light fixtures falling, damaged buildings.

However, we moved to the other building and took time to remove our shoes and put them neatly in shoe lockers. This delayed our entry significantly and left the children stocking footed or barefooted. On normal days, if children take off their shoes the teachers warn them it is very dangerous (could be a loose thumbtack or something on the floor); but, after an earthquake we aren’t worried?

Now to figure out how to address my concerns properly with the chain of authority (in which I am the last link).


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4 Responses to “Run for the Hills”

  1. titus2woman Says:

    LOL! After the small earthquake we had here a bit ago I asked around what the “proper” thing to do in such a situation was. My Mom just said, “When it’s your time to, it’s your time to go. Don’t worry about it!” LOL! Very comforting…

  2. びっくり Says:

    American homes have very strong doorways, so they are often a good place to seek shelter in a quake. Stay away from windows and hanging light fixtures. Don’t rush outside where trees, light poles, or power lines could fall on you.

    Keep several liters of water per person available. It is handy for flushing the toilet if the water main goes down or for keeping yourself hydrated (more important than food for survival).

    Stay calm and remember your mom’s advice. We are not called to a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

  3. titus2woman Says:

    I do believe as my Mom does, but she’s very, VERY direct and tactless and lacks sympathy. I’m not trying to down her, I’m just saying that the source of the comment makes it very, very funny!

    The first thing that my darling (and many others) did was run outside~LOL!

  4. びっくり Says:

    Direct, tactless and lacking sympathy?… Wait, I think I maybe your mother. 😉

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