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Quake Tip of the Week

By Larry Guillot
Friday July 07, 2006

Have You Talked to Your Kids? 


Years ago, after a big quake, a couple, fearing aftershocks, sent their young son to stay with his uncle in another town. 

A day later, they received this telegram: “Am returning your boy. Send earthquake.” 

Seriously, though, we should do what we can to prepare our kids for a serious quake. Here’s a few suggestions: 

1. Install bumper pads in cribs to protect babies during shaking 

2. Show older kids the safest places to be in each room  

3. Teach children what to do wherever they are during a quake (at school, in a tall building, outdoors) 



Larry Guillot is owner of QuakePrepare, an earthquake consulting, securing, and kit supply service in the east bay. 558-3299, www.quakeprepare.com.