Those preparing for disasters of many kinds have often been lumped in with the more extreme “survivalists” and “doomsday preppers,” groups that have been called “crazy.” But now emergency responders seem to be urging residents in disaster-prone areas to ready themselves for a length of time beyond just the three-day bug-out bag.
In fact, a day before a 4.7 magnitude earthquake hit Southern California Monday, the Los Angeles police and fire departments were, in commemorating the two year anniversary of the
devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan March 11, 2011, telling residents to be ready for “two weeks on your own.”
CBS LA reported Battalion Chief Larry Collins saying, “the message for a lot of us needs to be, ‘Be ready for anything.’”
“The message used to be 72 hours, but we’ve seen in disasters like [Hurricane] Katrina, even [Hurricane] Sandy recently, that, really, if it’s wiped out your infrastructure, and your electricity grid and your communications, it will be very likely be more than three days before you start getting food, water and other supplies coming in from outside,” Collins said according to CBS LA.
With that, perhaps prepping for longer term survival, which some might have considered crazy before, could be becoming more socially acceptable. In a previous interview with TheBlaze, Phil Burns, the president of the American Preppers Network, explained why the preppers movement was being “demonized” at the time of the 2010 shooting in Newtown, Conn., and clarified what prepping is really all about:
Southern California earthquake: More than 100 aftershocks
Monday morning’s magnitude 4.7 earthquake in Riverside County was followed by more than 100 small aftershocks that radiated northeast, indicating that the quake occurred on a secondary fault of the San Jacinto fault, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The largest aftershock, a 3.2 quake, struck less than a minute after the first quake. The second, a 2.8 magnitude quake, occurred at 11:25 a.m. Another 2.8 quake occurred at 12:50 p.m. The vast majority of the aftershocks were largely imperceptible, with magnitudes smaller than 2.5. Valleys and other low elevation areas feel the effects most strongly, said Susan Hough, a USGS seismologist.
“Deeper earthquakes tend to have wimpy aftershocks,” Hough said.
The 4.7 quake was initially recorded as three separate quakes because a foreshock tricked seismograms into recording multiple quakes of multple sizes, Hough said