According to the United States Geological Survey, Washington ranks number five among the most seismically active states in the country. Between 1974 and 2003, there were 424 earthquakes of a magnitude 3.5 or greater in Washington state. Because earthquakes often strike suddenly and without warning, it is important to have an emergency plan in place. The American Red Cross suggests that any emergency plan should include identifying safe places in your home, workplace, and school that are away from heavy items, cabinets, and overhead light fixtures that you can go in the event of an earthquake. In addition, it is important to have a fully stocked emergency supply kit complete with enough bottled water and non-perishable food items to last at least three days. Being prepared is your best defense against natural disasters.
To find out more about more about earthquakes and how to safely prepare, visit The American Red Cross today.