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July 29, 2013 | by  | in Opinion |
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Things Your Grandmother Should Have Taught You

Things the EQC should have taught you:

Protect your stuff:

Stacked books tend to fall more than books lined up across a shelf; store breakable items in lower shelves; run fishing wire across shelves holding glasses; wrap everything in bubble wrap.

Around the flat:

Make sure you know how to switch off power/gas, and that you/your landlord can secure your water cylinder (there are kits!).

Candles:

Keep ‘em in every room. Stumbling around in the dark looking for candles kind of defeats their point.

Extra stuff for your EQC Emergency Pack:

Girls: tampons and a comfy bra. Nice lingerie’s nice but not for three days straight.
Guys: nothing, you’re sweet. #patriarchy

Stay off Twitter:

In the immediate aftermath of a major quake, the media can be live-saving. But in the days and weeks after, constant exposure to constant coverage can exacerbate quake-induced anxiety. Stop scrolling through @geonet, watch Arrested Development.

And if all else fails:

Time your aftershock predictions right, and make someone’s world move.

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