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7.2 Earthquake Shakes San Diego Region

SHOULD YOU RUN OUTSIDE?

Here is a great site to explain why you shouldn't, and what else you SHOULD do...

http://www.earthquakecountry.info/dro...

Essentially, the jist is:

GET TO THE GROUND. (Shaking may make you off balance, injuries occur during falls.)

GET UNDER A TABLE. Tables have the best chance of not collapsing, post-earthquake photos have shown many stay standing even though a floor lever above has collapsed on it.

HOLD ON. ...To the table legs to keep them secure and from sliding away from you.

IF YOU ARE IN AN OLDER "UN-REINFORCED" CALIFORNIA "ADOBE" HOME, THE DOORWAYS ARE THE SAFEST STRUCTURE.

...DO NOT STAND IN A DOORWAY OF A MODERN HOME!!....They are no stronger than any other part of the home.

DO NOT JUST GET NEXT TO A TABLE, get under it.

For more photos and information, please see:

http://www.earthquakecountry.info/dro...

WHY IS RUNNING OUTSIDE "NOT" WHAT YOU SHOULD DO?:

DO NOT run outside or to other rooms during shaking: The area near the exterior walls of a building is the most dangerous place to be. Windows, facades and architectural details are often the first parts of the building to collapse. Also, shaking can be so strong that you will not be able to move far without falling down, and objects may fall or be thrown at you that you do not expect.

DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU ARE:

http://www.earthquakecountry.info/roo...

What if you are...

IN BED:
Hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow. You are less likely to be injured staying where you are. Broken glass on the floor has caused injury to those who have rolled to the floor or tried to get to doorways.

IN A HIGH-RISE:
Drop, cover, and hold on. Avoid windows and other hazards. Do not use elevators. Do not be surprised if sprinkler systems or fire alarms activate.

OUTDOORS:
Move to a clear area if you can safely do so; avoid power lines, trees, signs, buildings, vehicles, and other hazards.

DRIVING:
Pull over to the side of the road, stop, and set the parking brake. Avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, signs and other hazards. Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking is over. If a power line falls on the car, stay inside until a trained person removes the wire.

IN A STADIUM or THEATER:
Stay at your seat and protect your head and neck with your arms. Don't try to leave until the shaking is over. Then walk out slowly watching for anything that could fall in the aftershocks.

NEAR THE SHORE:
Drop, cover and hold on until the shaking stops. Estimate how long the shaking lasts. If severe shaking lasts 20 seconds or more, immediately evacuate to high ground as a tsunami might have been generated by the earthquake. Move inland 3 kilometers (2 miles) or to land that is at least 30 meters (100 feet) above sea level immediately. Don't wait for officials to issue a warning. Walk quickly, rather than drive, to avoid traffic, debris and other hazards.

April 4, 2010 at 7:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

How to Help Your Depressed or Suicidal Teen

1) PRO Argument: I am very much in favor of mental health screening. Many could benefit, and perhaps it could hopefully prevent another tragic Columbine type shooting.

I happen to know a family who's daughter attended Columbine at the time of the shooting. The shooter held a gun to their daughters head -- all she could do was look up at the young shooter helplessly. The armed teen then turned the gun and shot the student right next to her instead. The girl needed years of therapy afterwards for post-traumatic stress. She would jump if she hear a loud noise...etc. She is quite well adjusted now thanks to counseling. The entire country wishes that whole incident could have been prevented. Perhaps a program like this would have helped...

Questions/concerns:

2) Friends who are mothers tell me schools receive "extra disability funding" for each child enrolled who is on ADD medication. Many feel ADD medications are very much over-prescribed, and the fact schools receive extra funds for this is concerning.

It concerns me that "possibly depressed" teens could turn into an additional funding source for schools - an even larger "market" than ADD for drug companies or otherwise. Though a critical 10% may really need medication, precautions must be taken this isn't abused.

Will schools in this case also receive extra funding if children require treatment?

Talking/counseling/non-drug therapy may benefit teens the most, but it is also very expensive. Families in this economy may not be able to afford full therapy courses and therefore opt for medications instead...leading to simply "throwing medications at the problem".

3) Re: stigma. I highly advise setting appointment times not during school hours – better after school. If a classmate notices a student was pulled out of a class, rumor may spread like wildfire that "Johnny is crazy" and was pulled in for "psyche testing". School officials must be extremely inconspicuous about this, kids notice everything...even who is pulling them from before class & what direction they are walking in.

4) Concern: "discrimination". If a child is "in suspicion for being depressed", though allegedly confidential, I assume insurance companies will know about these records, since they are co-paying for treatment. The teen now may have "a pre-existing condition" and have a hard time getting accepted for insurance as an adult. Could future employers of these children, or colleges, have access to these psychology records?

If so, both child and parent may avoid treating the problem, and there must be some way build around this to encourage those that do need it to get the care they need.

Just a few comments and concerns. I look forward to feedback from your panel.

In closing I do want to stress that I am in favor of mental health screening...just please make sure this very important & needed program is done right.

Thank You,

Concerned Citizen

August 31, 2009 at 11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )