Links to General Information
The web has so much good information to help you prepare for emergencies and natural disasters that it would be impossible to make an exhaustive list, but here are a few links to get you started.
These are the best of the "earthquake simulator" videos that I've found on the web. If you've been through a few small earthquakes here, it's easy to start thinking that they're no big deal and will be easy to ride out. Watching these videos will cure you of that — these are simulations of BIG earthquakes, the kind that require the serious preparations that South Bay Safety Guy focuses on. (Note: The 1989 Loma Prieta quake was certainly serious, but it does not count as "the big one". The USGS believes there is a much stronger one coming someday.)
Warning: Some of these may be a bit too scary for very young children. They're far less violent than what the kids see on TV, but these images are not make-believe.
This one shows a test on the world's largest earthquake simulator in Japan. First it shows the whole thing from the outside (that's a full-sized building in the video, not a model), then shows the entire earthquake again from the vantage point of an interior camera. In then repeats the interior viewpoint for each room in the simulation. Pay special attention to the manikins in each room, especially to what happens to their heads. This is why "Drop. Cover. Hold On" is so important.
This page links to two videos. In "Camera Angle 5", look for the water heater on the right-hand side, and you'll see why it is so important to strap yours to the wall. In "Camera Angle 6", keep an eye on the Teddy Bear and be very glad it wasn't a kid.
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