Preparing for the Big One

Isla Verde Evening

I wake up this morning to find out that an earthquake had shaken Puerto Rico. Many  went online to share their experiences (which you can find with the hashtag #temblorpr) and this morning I found my feed inundated with comments.

Thankfully the fact that they were online expressing their concerns, gives us the idea that communications were still running. As I write this post after looking into the news feeds nobody got hurt.

The Big One

During the day I will read more on the event and how people are worrying about the big one.

Since I was a boy scout at the age of 12 years old (I am 33 at the moment) and even before. I have been told to prepare because a big earthquake will hit the island.  The last big earthquake that caused major damage on the island was in 1918 it was a 7.3 on the richter scale.

Over the past few years I have felt the earth move more often and each one with more power.

Be Prepared

Preparation is critical and something I also learned while in the boyscouts. Be prepared is the motto they instill in you which was of great help when I entered the U.S. Army.

As with business opportunities I try to be prepared to make the best out of each and every one of them.

For that same reason I keep a 72 hour bag with basic necessities in my home. I also wonder how many people who went online also are prepared to survive in case something like that happens. Instead of going online they should quickly check on what they need if a more intense earthquake or event happens.

Tsunami Alerts

I live on the beach which brings the concern of a tsunami. Once a month I hear the alarms going off as they test them to make sure they will work in the case of an emergency. I also will take that opportunity to check my 72 hour bag and refresh on our family evacuation plan.

Those alarms will give us a warning to start moving in the case of a tsunami alert. But if you have nothing prepared for that moment.

What will you and those around you do?

Spread Fear or Get Ready?

I rather get ready. We have to be prepared and be careful with not being a catalyst of chaos and fear.Get ready for the moment where we might not have basic necessities and more importantly keep our calm.

A good example on keeping calm in a catastrophic event is shown by these plane crash survivors. The main reason most of them survive was how they reacted in an urgent and calm manner.

Have you prepared for a major event?

Here are some useful links!

Information that will prepare  you

More info on Earthquakes and Tsunami Warnings?

Feel free to share any others in the comments area!


  1. Kofla Olivieri on January 13, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Most people are not prepared for a disaster, in their minds they think is not going to happen to them.

    • Raul Colon on January 13, 2014 at 11:19 am

      The weird part is how the majorities stresses out about it but don’t use the opportunity to act on it.

  2. Ramon Torres on January 13, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Saludos Raul!! es Ramon no se si te acuerdas de mi. Cuidate eehh!!

    • Raul Colon on January 13, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      @ramon torres Espero que estés bien!