Emergency Alert System

I didn’t feel the earthquake. I was in the car, having just picked Jaime for lunch. I first heard about it when we got home.

Even though the earthquake was centered over 500 miles from here, it was apparently felt in our area. In fact, we were told that it shook the historic district well enough that window blinds were banging against the windows on the seventh floor, and to temporarily evacuate the building.

It wasn’t major, obviously. But, as a historic city with an excessive amount of buildings constructed a hundred years ago or more, it is enough to make you briefly consider the integrity of the structures that surround you.

One thing that is abundantly clear, however, is that us folks on the East Coast have no idea what to do in the event of an earthquake. Do we stay put? …run outside? …stand in a doorway? …get under our desks? …duck and cover in the hall? …sit in the bathtub? …open all the windows? …run to the cellar? …stop, drop, and roll?

Most of us have no clue, myself included, and the advice I have heard seems counter intuitive. Animals throughout the animal kingdom instinctively know to increase the distance between themselves and their shelters in the event of an earthquake, but I should stay put in my house and hope that my 91 year old structure sitting on 91 year old brick stilts doesn’t fully collapse?

And finally, my main point. Where was the Emergency Alert System? Yes, it was a very minor earthquake. Should the EAS assume, however, that people on the Southeast coast do not consider a minor earthquake to be an emergency? I have even read that people in the Northeast, who obviously were subject to stronger effects of the earthquake, were not notified by the EAS until an hour after the earthquake had occurred.

As far as I can tell, the EAS exists solely to test itself, and to notify us that, were we to look out our window, we would see that the weather is bad.

No EAS alerts on 9/11. No EAS alerts when a quake hits. No EAS when the sugar factory explodes and shakes the entire city. No EAS alerts when!!!!######!##!#!#!###!#!#!#!##!#!#!#!###!#

!!!!######!##!#!#!###!#!#!#!##!#!#!#!###!#

!!!!######!##!#!#!###!#!#!#!##!#!#!#!###!#

!!!!######!##!#!#!###!#!#!#!##!#!#!#!###!#

WE INTERRUPT THIS BLOG POST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT IT IS RAINING IN JESUP, 70 MILES SOUTH OF WHERE YOU ARE, AND THAT IT ALSO MIGHT RAIN IN THE ENTIRELY DIFFERENT STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

!!!!######!##!#!#!###!#!#!#!##!#!#!#!###!#

!!!!######!##!#!#!###!#!#!#!##!#!#!#!###!#

!!!!######!##!#!#!###!#!#!#!##!#!#!#!###!#

What the hell was that? I guess that is all.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>