Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Why Triangle of Life is Not Endorsed by American Red Cross. Earthquake Safety Resources.

Doug Copp's "Triangle of Life" email has been circulating again, so I thought I would explain why I don't promote it. I usually have an uncomfortable feeling about pass-it-on emails, so I did some research. The American Red Cross does NOT agree with his philosophy. Here is a portion of their statement, but I recommend you read it completely:

"What the claims made by Mr. Copp of ARTI, Inc., does not seem to distinguish is that the recommendation to "drop, cover, and hold on!" is a U.S.-based recommendation based on U.S. Building Codes and construction standards. Much research in the United States has confirmed that 'Drop, Cover, and Hold On!' has saved lives in the United States. Engineering researchers have demonstrated that very few buildings collapse or "pancake" in the U.S. as they might do in other countries. Using a web site to show one picture of one U.S. building that had a partial collapse after a major quake in an area with thousands of buildings that did not collapse during the same quake is inappropriate and misleading." American Red Cross

Be Ready Red Cross Earthquake Safety Checklist.pdf
Utah Earthquake Safety brochure.pdf
USSC Earthquake Tips for Preparing Children.pdf
USSC Earthquake Tips for Preparing Elderly.pdf
USSC Earthquake Tips for Pets.pdf
Utah Seismic Safety Commission
The Great California Shake Out website
Why Drop, Cover, and Hold is recommended. Not Triangle of Life
Video: Gov. Schwarzenegger, after Haiti and Eureka earthquakes
Video: Utah Wasatch Fault Video


  1. Good to know. Thanks for sharing.

  2. If you are in a highly active earthquake area, you need an early warning system. You can do this yourself with a few chickens and a rooster or a goose in your backyard and a computer to check active earthquake maps for range and strength of the pending earthquake when the birds give their warnings.

    The birds will make lots of loud non-stop noise -- day or night -- the minute they detect the early electrical and magnetic waves produced by strong earthquakes.

    Grab your emergency supplies/food and your family/pets and get out of Dodge, staying off bridges, out of buildings and away from anything that can become a landslide.

    Take your laptop and keep checking that earthquake activity map, tide and moon maps and get completely out of the noted area.

    Do not stop to register with the Red Cross. (In fact, stay away from those people). Do not stop for anything until your family is in a safe zone that is near a water supply.

    Once in a safe zone, pitch your tent and enjoy the camping until the disaster is over. This could be a month or more.

    Early warning is important and you will have plenty of time to safely get 100 - 200 miles away using just the chicken/goose and computer methods of early warning. Listen to Copp or the Red Cross and you could end up dead meat.

    And please build a good water filter (with pool shock) to filter your water from that stream, lake or pond near your campsite. Ya gotta have clean water. You will need food, water, radio -- pretty much all the stuff in your disaster storage. The advice is that you keep several large rolling suitcases packed with emergency goods.

    Just know there's always an "ideal" but most of the time none of us are going to achieve the "ideal". The most important thing to remember is protect your family. It doesn't get more "ideal" than that.


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