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August 24, 2012

Candid Comments | August 24, 2012

Have you ever experienced an earthquake? How will you prepare for the next one?



Maj. Anna B Ruiz

Unit: 452 Mission Support Group
Job: Executive Officer
Hometown: Holtville, Calif.
Hobbies: Photography, traveling, skydiving and gardening

Two years ago, on Easter, I was at San Onofre Beach on Camp Pendleton when an earthquake struck Mexicali, Baja Calif. I’d recommend that you maintain your situational awareness. If indoors, drop to the ground and go under a sturdy table or desk until the shaking stops. If outside, stay there and move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires. You should try to have at least $500 in cash on hand, just in case the power goes out and you need money for essentials. I’d also recommend having plenty of drinking water and food for a few days for your family.


Senior Airman Ray Zhang

Unit: 452 Force Support Squadron
Job: Customer support technician
Hometown: San Gabriel, Calif.
Hobbies: School, money, sports, cars, guns, fishing and hunting

I experienced an earthquake roughly two years ago and it was the weirdest feeling I’ve ever felt. Since earthquakes are common here, don’t get complacent and take them for granted. We need to stress the issue and be ready to react when and if a stronger-than-normal quake occurs. We need to be the ones helping, not receiving help. I try to keep plenty of nonperishable supplies on hand just in case. Also, I notice that people like to hang their TV’s and other heavy objects on the wall…not a good thing when an earthquake hits. Make the changes to ensure your homes are safe.


Melinda Miller

Unit: 452 Force Support Squadron
Job: Human resource technician
Hometown: San Bernardino, Calif.
Hobbies: Currently a graduate student…no time for hobbies

Growing up in Calif., I have been through several earthquakes. In particular, during the Big Bear and Landers quakes, I remember being without water or electricity for about 24 hours. Now, my husband and I keep a stocked, earthquake kit at our house. We go through the kit annually to ensure the contents are still usable and not expired. My goal is to eventually make and place a mini kit in my office and car, comprised of food, water, blankets and a change of clothes.




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