If you live in the Bay Area the chances of you experiencing an earthquake is rather high. Remember that huge earthquake in 1906 that ruptured the San Andreas fault? Of course not. It happened over 100 years ago, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen again. Don’t risk the chance and not be prepared if another one strikes soon. Get prepared now!
The best way to survive an earthquake is to get educated about them.
Check out the California Academy of Sciences Earthquake Exhibition going on now through September and learn all about the history of earthquakes in the Bay Area.
Prepare to be moved at Earthquake, a new exhibit and planetarium show at the California Academy of Sciences. Experience a high-magnitude jolt in an earthquake simulator, fly over and into our dynamic planet in an immersive planetarium show, and explore the impacts of the largest disaster in San Francisco’s history—the 1906 earthquake and fire. Along the way, you’ll see how earthquakes fit into the larger story of plate tectonics, a constant process that builds mountains, moves continents, and creates the landscape in which life evolves. To get tickets and more information, check out their website, www.calacademy.org.
The second best way to survive an earthquake is to get yourself an earthquake survival kit. When shopping for items for this kit, The Guardian recommends shopping local. Here are a few of our favorite stores:
American Red Cross
As a community-based, humanitarian organization supported by volunteers and donors, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter provides 24-hour emergency relief to those affected by disasters and empowers our community to prevent and prepare for emergencies. They also teach people how to perform life-saving CPR and first aid. Their work also goes beyond the Bay Area, as they support members of the military stationed at home and abroad, and their families. Globally, they also support disaster relief and disease eradication efforts and provide tracing services to reconnect families.
By helping people in the Bay Area and beyond, they strengthen our community and make it ready for all types of disasters.
Call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722) or visit them online at www.redcrossbayarea.org to learn more. You may also find them on Facebook and Twitter.
In operation more than 100 years, Center Hardware is an independent family owned local hardware store located in the Potrero Hill neighborhood. Here for the renters, homeowners, artists, students, contractors and other businesses, they can get you what you need even if they need to point you to another source. Their extensive, competitively priced inventory includes plumbing, electrical, tools, hardware, fasteners, paint and sundries, cleaning supplies and safety gear among thousands of other items. They will take special orders! They have a parking lot! They use too many exclamation points!
Visit them online at www.centerhardware.com or come by and check their store out.
Center Hardware & Supply Company, Inc.
999 Mariposa Street at Pennsylvania Avenue
By cramming over 50,000 square feet full of the best equipment, apparel and expertise on Earth, Lombardi Sports has become the area’s premiere athletic retailer. So whatever you’re looking for, chances are you’re about to find it at LOMBARDI SPORTS. For 63 years the community has been an extension of the Lombardi Sports family. Customers have looked to them for knowledge on how to train, where to train and for deals on top of the line equipment for all of their sports needs. Their management and sales team are active participants in every sport and activity that they carry equipment for and will assist you with all of your shopping needs.
Visit them online at www.lombardisports.com or come by and check their store out.
1600 Jackson St
Real Food Co.
Produce is precious. Cheese and chocolate can be gourmet and good for you. Health matters and they believe having the resources for organic foods, head-to-toe natural body care and sustainable household goods should be part of your makeup – it’s certainly part of theirs. As your local, organic and natural foods market, their commitment is to provide you with an abundance of fresh, local, real foods. It’s who they are. Whether you are popping in for tonight’s grass-fed beef or stocking up on raw milk for the week, they make sure that the products and practices of the brands we carry support a healthy, organic lifestyle.
Check out their website to see all they have to offer at www.realfoodco.com or come by anc check out either of their locations:
3060 Fillmore St (@ the corner of Filbert)
2140 Polk St (near Broadway)