Lets record this moment and connect with others who experienced something similar. Feel free to note your emergency plan in your marker as well.
Where were you when the earthquake shook the east coast?
I was at work when the floor shook and the building swayed. A co-worker asked “Do you feel that?” “what the shaking? It feels like we’re having an earthquake.” I replied. Then I started searching the news outlets: Reuters, AP, NYT, I googled “New York Earthquake” during the tremors. No dice. No news…they were probably waiting for editor’s approval 🙂
However, a little twitter fu revealed many New Yorkers tweeting for corroboration of the the sickening sway. None of us seemed to really believe it. We evacuated to the basement and outside the building, then eventually informed that it was safe to return. Events seemed to unfold in normal time, however my emotions had spiked; so and I decided that the best way to calm myself was to think of an emergency travel plan. I did not have a mind to twitpic the evacuation or to capture sound, but I did keep my wits about me and remained calm throughout.
What would you do if the subway tunnels collapsed and buses were unavailable?
Do you live in an outer borough? Do you and your loved ones have a plan in case of major evacuation? A meet-up site in the event that you become separated? Ladies, do you have extra nibbles in your heavy purse, in case of emergency hunger and thirst? Fellas, do you have a purse?
Today reminded me of the necessity of a plan.
No matter how far-fetched, unnerving or unnecessary the rational mind might wish it, our social and economical worlds are changing. It follows logic that the physical world could also shift under our feet. As the saying goes, prior planning prevents poor performance, so “thank you” @Sal_Castaneda for the reminder about emergency preparedness. Thank you to my other twitter friends and contacts who posted helpful links, the main on being the government preparedness site Ready.gov.