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Dr. Preparedness, Or, 'How I learned to love an earthquake'


Last updated 11/13/2008 at Noon

In the mid- to late 1960s the Civil Defense film “Duck and Cover” (1951) was still being shown in my grade school.

With the combination of being prepared for nuclear war by the social guidance films of the era and with extra study guides in my fifth grade classroom on building a bomb shelter and surviving the fallout after the bomb, I was one ready kid.

This is probably the main reason I’ve always tried to be ready in emergency situations and why this series is important to me.

When the Northridge Earthquake hit in 1994, I was living in Santa Monica. The city was hard hit, losing m...

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