Earthquakes Bring Out Worst Mom Fears

baby in earthquakeThe miracle story of a 2-week-old baby being pulled alive from the rubble in Turkey is truly astounding. In fact, I can't get it out of my head and also am just so relieved the baby girl's mother and grandmother were also pulled out alive. After two days of being buried underground after the 7.2-magnitude earthquake devastated the area, this hopeful sign is enough to make this California mom breathe a sigh of relief.

You see, I also have a plan to save my babies in the event of an earthquake, and stories like these make me believe my ideas aren't completely without merit.


I've never been in a major earthquake, but I live in Southern California, so it's coming. Oh, it's coming. I also realize I can't control when the big one hits (or can I? Hmm, must look into this ... ), so having it hit when I'm in the same room as my children just might not be an option. Having it hit while I'm in the same room that also happens to be the most secure room in the house is also not likely. However, my goal in this imaginary disaster is to get to my kids in two seconds so I can throw my body over the little one and, at the very least, cover up the precious head of my big one. Sounds reasonable, right?

After all, they tell you the first area to protect is your head and the back of your neck when you're going through earthquake drills. So my ultimate goal is to get those little heads and necks covered. Yes, by my own body. Even better would be if the earthquake hit right as I was tucking my kids into their bunk bed and I could grab the one on the top bunk, throw her underneath on the bottom bunk, and lie on both of them -- always protecting their little heads and necks.

Is it totally obvious now that I've never been in a big earthquake?

Apparently it's a very bad idea to try to move to another room during an earthquake. However, that won't stop this mom from running from wherever I am, grabbing my kids, and throwing them under the bunk bed or the nearest table (which is actually the safest place -- under a table to protect you from falling objects). My daughter learned in pre-school to get under a table or another solid structure, and to get on the ground and cover your head and neck. But my littlest has no concept of dropping and covering, so it's up to me to do that for him, perhaps just like the mom or grandmother did for that baby who survived.

Although in California, most buildings are up to code and will not collapse during an earthquake (thank god). The most damage comes from trying to move around and falling, or objects falling and injuring you. Which is also why we don't have any heavy glass-framed pictures on the walls near beds or couches. Our tall pieces of furniture are bolted to walls, and I keep glass in the kitchen and bar.

This is all to say, I would do whatever I could, in my own home, to protect my most vulnerable family members from the big one. Something I'm sure this mom and grandmother did for that baby girl as well.

Are you prepared to protect your children during an earthquake?

Image via cliff1066/Flickr

Read More >