Al and Cal Homes and Community: Emergency Preparedness - an Earthquake Comes To Town

Emergency Preparedness - an Earthquake Comes To Town

Emergency Preparedness - an Earthquake Comes To Town


The Princess and the Pea That's Not Me.   Apparently I am not that kind of royalty as I didn't feel a thing, but Tuesday night, in Maine there was an earthquake of 4.0 magnitude .   I heard from different folks in my area here west of Boston that they felt the tremor.   That's a long way away.  

As a kid my father used to give us talk about what to do there was a fire.   Where to go, how to get out etc.   We never had a practice but we did talk.    Tuesday's shake made me think about a visit to my brother who lived for a long while in Los Angeles.<a href="">Fire Escape</a> by Eddie Fouse

As soon as my sister Teresa and I got off our plane in LAX, we were greeted with not just hugs and kisses but a talk on what to do in case of an earthquake, where we meet, how to react, and not to touch his emergency stash of water, etc.   Teresa and I thought at the time that it was kind of funny.  After all we had never lived through an earthquake before and had never thought of it.  But really... it was just plain smart!  

The earthquake Tuesday night made me think of that trip and how most of us are not prepared for an emergency.  At least I am not.  We don't have an emergency plan or meeting place with our families.  We really haven't even talked about what we would do.    That will change.  Why?  It's so simple and ridiculous not to have just a simple discussion and plan.

So the lesson learned from this past Tuesday is to remember to be prepared.    Firefighters all across the nation this year are urging families to have "two ways out".   A great campaign.   So easy to implement and if you have a plan it will easily come to mind if ever faced with a stressful situation.  

I am not advocating prepping here, just being smart.  Figure out your own plan and share it with your family.  Plan to meet someplace and maybe to have a few things available such as flashlights, batteries, etc, just in case.   Whatever feels right for you.    There are lots of tips from emergency agencies and are readily available on line.  

You will probably never need it, but what the heck?   It's a just a conversation.  


About the author

Carol-Ann PalmieriCarol-Ann Palmieri, a full time Real Estate professional in Massachusetts for the past 24 years along with Al Mussi have helped hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.


A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA...  is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is committed to constantly updating her Real Estate education. 

 Licensed in MA and RI...

 Al and Cal's primary areas of service Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone, Walpole, Milford, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, North Attleboro, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville but have resourses to help anyone, anywhere....

 Her mission....  To exceed your expectations!

Carol-Ann Palmieri

Al and Cal Realty Group

Remax Executive Realty




Comment balloon 11 commentsCarol-Ann Palmieri • October 18 2012 06:40AM


Great advice Carol Ann, we don't expect a need for earthquake preparation in most of our nation, but we are generally prepared for snowstorms around here.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 6 years ago

Awesome advice. I need to cover this with my four children. The downside of a split floor plan is the separation from the kids in time of emergency.

Posted by Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent (Bayou Properties) over 6 years ago here in time to suggest.  This is so important Carol Ann and your experience reminds us all to remember that we are not immortal and usually, if you don't have a plan in place, the time to get one is NOT when the emergency happens. 

I, myself, never think about these things, but truly need to.  Awesom post!

Posted by Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) over 6 years ago

Carol Ann,

Good blog and I agree to the point that I will say every type of emergency can have the same basic plan. I wopuld guess I would start with apln for a home fire and modify as we went.

An Earthquake is something else. We were at a convention several years ago in Palm Springs and in the middle of the night the walls started moving back and forth ( no it was not the AC/ DC song being played) while creaking very loudly. It scared us as we had no idea at first what was going on!

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 6 years ago

Good advice, Carol Ann.... and I'm confident you're prepared....all marines are prepared...

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 6 years ago

Hi Bob.  Thanks for checking in.   


Hi Doug.  I am a split fan, but didn't think of that.  Of course, I don't have 4 kids.   Thanks for reading.


Hi Brenda.  The ultimate optimist never does think about these things.  Not said in a bad way!!!


Hi Bob.  LOL.  I do remember those AC/DC concerts that rocked the room!    Thanks for reading and the giggle!


Hi Barbara.  I don't know, but the older I get the more prepared I want to be!!   Thanks.


Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) over 6 years ago

Cal, I heard about the earthquake. Good advice, by the way. Often, we don't think about these things until we're in the middle of them - and it's maybe too late.

Hope you have a good weekend.

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 6 years ago

That's right Carol Ann, all marines are didn't feel the bump in the evening! my house it sounded like someone ran across my roof...i ran outside & couldn't figure it out at all!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Great advice Cal, everyone should try to be prepared for an emergency situation.

Posted by Al Raymondi, Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales (Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida) over 6 years ago

Hi Cal,

I am stopping by to say hello and I hope you are having a good  and productive weekend.

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 6 years ago

Hi Cal,

I hope you are doing well and selling lots of Real Estate.. Take care and thanks for commenting on my blog..

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 6 years ago