Also this past week, millions of Californians participated in the “The Great California Shake Out,” a series of events that became the biggest earthquake drill ever. That morning 20 years ago, just about everyone everywhere was ducking, covering, maneuvering, practicing, checking. We’re ready — but you can’t be too ready, of course. That’s why we practice, practice, practice.
Meanwhile, the Bay Area Chapter of the American Red Cross has its own “Memories of Loma Prieta” feature on its website. Wells Fargo and its team members have long supported communities with financial and human capital, and there are so many other groups who do as well. The Red Cross is one such organization that truly helps build community.
Three and a half years ago, Guided By History was born to commemorate the centennial of the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire on April 18, 1906. This year, with the 20th anniversary of Loma Prieta on October 17, we remember and continue that first mission. We want to help you prepare and stay prepared. So here’s a suggestion:
On April 18, check the batteries in your smoke detector, and double-check your gas and water main valves. On October 17 — a near-perfect six month’s time — check your disaster kit and stash , replacing any supplies that have expired or look old and worn. Use these dates as reminders to be ready for natural disasters.
Remember and Prepare!