Saturday, April 14, 2012

What do you mean my phone doesn't work?

Last week eight lightening bolts hit the Bay Bridge at the same time. Pretty awesome!

Just imagine a lightening bolt hitting your cellphone.

"Never happen," you reply.

You're probably right, but think about this. Just imagine there's an earthquake and electricity delivery is interrupted for a week all over the San Francisco Bay Area. Would you Digital Natives be able to survive? I mean it's one thing to have no lights or a refrigerator full of mushy guck, but what about computers, cell phones, and iPads?

"That's easy," you say. "I'd just recharge my iPhone and notepad in my car charger."

That may work for a couple of days, but what do you do when you run out of gas? There's been a earthquake! You can't just pop down to the local station and get more.

I'm not sure what's scarier, that DN's can think of ways to stay connected during a natural disaster, or the fact that no one is worried about having enough food or water?

Just out of curiosity, do you have an Earthquake preparedness kit? If you do, what's in it?

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  1. To be completely honest, no, I don't have an "earthquake preparedness kit". I guess it's because my family hasn't really had the chance to build one up (though we tend to stock up on canned foods and the like anyways, so maybe that sort of counts?) since we have other issues like family health and emergencies constantly going on.

    As for the question about the "Digital Natives" surviving in the aftermath of a natural disaster, I think we would. I mean, personally, I think I'd forget about technology for a while if it meant finding food and shelter and water to survive, but maybe that's just me.

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  2. I think that us Digital Natives could survive without our cell phones, computers and Ipads for a week. I actually think it would be a great experience for those of us who really depend on electronics. I think I would be fine with being disconnected from the world for a week, I feel like it would be very refreshing. And as for those, who cannot live without electronics, they will have to learn how to communicate like how people normally communicated, face to face.
    I do not have an Earthquake preparedness kit but if I did I would have flashlights, can food, water and maybe blankets in it.

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  4. When it comes to me, I don't have an earthquake preparedness kit. I would not know where to start when putting one together. I know that I would need lots of food and water in order to survive. I would also make sure that I have a first aid kit so I could bandage up any wounds. On the other hand, Digital Natives would not survive an earthquake without their phone because they are to attached it. I would not be worrying about my phone at a time like that because it is least of my worries. All I need in order to survive is food and water.

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  5. Alfonso

    I believe Digital Natives are not capable of surviving without cell phones, iPads, laptops, etc. We have adapted to a world where technology has become everything and we rely on it so much that if society does not have access to it then we may crumble, some slower than others. I believe some digital natives may be able to survive without technology longer than others but it will come to a time where we need that "fix".

    When it comes to the survival kit, I do not have one but I know I should have one. It is unfortunate that the bay area lies on a major fault and most of the people lying on the fault do not have a survival kit. If there was an earthquake I think I would be able to gather some necessities fairly fast. I will make one as soon as I get home today just in case this article jinxed an earthquake!

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  6. Honestly, I do not have an earthquake preparedness kit. I have never really worried about having one because I always had the mindset that nothing like that would ever happen to me. I know I shouldn't be so careless, but sometimes I feel like I have enough things to worry about. Now that this has become more of an issue in the bay area, I feel like I should take this serious and be prepared if anything happens. I also know that many people would start freaking out if they were disconnected from their phones, or computers. Personally I feel that I wouldn't be as worried, but I know I would freak out if I could not get in contact with my family.

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  7. If there was no electricity I think I would be able to survive without my computer or cell phone, it would be hard but I will be able to do it. I would freak out at first about my cell phone, but then I would get used to living without a cell phone. I do not have a have an earth quake kit prepared, but I really should make one. When I was in elementary school I do remember that my mom did have a small earth quake kit for me and my brothers, but as we got older the kit got out of date. I really do need to start putting together an earth quake kit, but I have too much that I want to put in the kit so I need to narrow it down and really think was what I really need in the kit.

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  8. If an earthquake hit the Bay Area and all electricity went out, I would definitely be able to survive. When it comes to being a “digital native”, I do not relate to all of their qualities. I do have an iPhone and a laptop, but I am not connected to them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, like most natives. I am an athlete and a very active person, so I spend a lot of time away from electronics. One of my biggest pet peeves is when people expect to get a hold of me right away. It is an expectation of natives because they are instant gratification oriented. With electronics and the Internet, our generation is used to receiving information instantly. So, if my cell phone did not work for a week or two that would be the least of my worries.
    I do actually have an earthquake kit. In it, are waters and nonperishable foods. It is just in a Ziploc bag and it’s not much but I am prepared. I also keep cash in there just incase of an emergency. People are so reliant on their debit and credit cards and if there was an emergency and the banks and systems were down, it would be a good idea to have a little bit of cash around. I get my preparedness from my parents. Growing up, we were always prepared and I remember in elementary school, when all of the students had to have their earthquake kits. If an emergency occurs, I am much more concerned with having food and water than electronics.

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  9. To be honest, I don’t have anything about Earthquake preparedness kit, and I have no idea about the earthquake. Before I came to California, I have never thought anything about the nature disaster. I agree that for digital natives, it is really difficult to survive without cell phones, labtops or Ipads. The new communication cycle is basic on the internet, so if you didn’t have these electronics, it means the Digital Native lost their friends and contacts.

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  10. If an earthquake occurs in the bay area my family does not have a "earthquake preparedness kit". That would be a smart thing to keep in the house just in case it does occur. We to need to prepare ourselves because any day we can have a major earthquake. Especially since the weather has been so weird lately. As a digital native I would not really be concerned on technology. That would be the last thing on my mind. The only way I know I would kind of worry about my phone is if I am trying to come in contact with a family member or friend, but other than that technology would be the last thing i would ever worry about. I would be more worried and concerned about food and water since those will be the two big things I would need to survive. I believe that many other digital natives would not be able to survive an earthquake without electricity or technology since many are so attached to them.

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  11. I dont have an earthquake kit, however reading this makes me want to make one!
    If a natural disaster like this happened I have no idea what I would do. First, I would probably be in aww. But if there was no electricity for more then a day then thats when I would definitely be worried. I guess if something like this did happened we all would just have to deal with it untill electricity and everything else gets back working. Im assuming something like this or any other natural disaster is going to happen soon since we haven't had one in a long time. Especially in the bay area.

    So when the time comes I'll worry about it. Until then i'm just going to make my little natural disaster kit and go on with my days.

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  13. I have thought of this scenario before and discussed it with a few friends of minds. It would be pretty insane but personally I would be fine without a cell phone and electronics in a sense of entertainment. In this situation I would definitely be more focused on survival. I think I am someone who falls in between the cracks of Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants because I do not NEED my cell phone/computer etc. It is just another convenience such as a car (which I do not have or need at the moment). Not having my cell phone will make things much harder because I do rely on it for class lectures (I downloaded syllabuses, PowerPoint’s and everything), it has my bus schedules, and other things that I need but there are other ways of accessing these things. I am good at adapting to the situation I am in. The one thing not having a cell phone will have a major affect is disabling me from contacting my family (the earthquake must have been pretty big) immediately. But, this is all for me personally. As a whole, I think people will be fine for the most part; it will just be a reality check for those who are completely dependent on technology.
    And no, I do not have an earthquake kit or any other type of safety kit but I will do what I have to do to survive which is the natural instinct of man.

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  14. My family does have an earthquake preparedness kit… Kind of. We have a box of canned and boxed food, a couple 1 gallon water bottles, flashlights, batteries, and lighters. We have a safety box somewhere too. I honestly wouldn't care if I didn't have my laptop or iPod or anything electronic related because I'd be more worried about my family and SURVIVING. However, if an earthquake were to occur when I'm not at home, I think I'd be screwed. I have no earthquake kit in my car or with me and I definitely won't have enough water to survive for more than a day.
    I wouldn't say that Digital Native wouldn't be able to survive without their cell phone. They can survive, but they'd just be very bored. They might be obsessing over not being able to use their electronic, but it'll eventually pass and their instincts will take over.

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  15. If there were to be an earthquake I would have to say that my family does not have an earthquake preparedness kit. Although my family doesn't have food or water prepared for an earthquake, but there is a stockpile of medical supplies due to my mother being a nurse. while thinking about it would probably be a good idea to have food and water stockpiled as well. Personally even though I am a digital native i can personally say that i could live without technology whether that be a cell phone, computer etc. The need for luxuries is unimportant during a disaster situation things like food and water by far outweigh the need for texting, emailing, or instant messaging something. I do not believe however that more recent digital natives, those who have grown up with a more advanced set of technology that previous digital natives did not have, would be able to live without their technology if an earthquake were to shake their fabric of life.

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  16. I believe most Digital Natives are capable of surviving without their cellphones. At some point I think cellphones will be needed after an earthquake just so they are updated on what's going on. I don't think they would be looking at who commented on their picture or who liked their status. When it comes to an "earthquake preparedness kit," not many people have it. I have taken First Aid and know how we should have one just incase. I do have a kit and it has a few food cans and water bottles. Also incase my phones dies, I have a portable radio and batteries so I know what's going on around my area. Flashlights would also be useful since the power would be out. I think Digital Natives should keep in mind what would they do if disaster occurred. It's better to be somewhat prepared then not prepared at all.

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  17. I don't have an earthquake preparedness kit. But if I did the first things I would put in it I think are a cell phone with all the numbers I need and a couple spare batteries. I’m not saying that's the only things I would put in there of course. I would put at least the essentials to survive like water, can food and a first aid kit. But I think of it this way if I was in an earthquake I would be very worried trying to figure out if my loved ones are okay. That is the point where a cell phone comes in handy. If I make sure my loved ones put one in their kits to, I will be more at ease. After all that's is the purpose of cell phones right to keep us connected and informed.

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  18. Well just this year I moved to the Bay Area and I have experienced earthquakes already, it is pretty scary and sadly I don't have a earthquake preparedness kit. Being the person that I am, whether a Digital Native or Digital Immigrant or somewhere in between I would have food and water in my earthquake kit for sure. I would also include some type of alternate device that would allow me to charge my phone, possibly runs on batteries or solar. Since I'm currently living in the Bay Area and my family is located in LA, keeping in contact with them is incredibly important to me. I'm positive that I can go a week or more without my laptop and other devices but my cellphone, probably not. Like I said before, when your loved ones are located 300+ miles away,I need to keep in contact.

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  19. I am not exactly sure what category I fall under; Digital Native, or Digital Immigrant. I would say I am in between, because I am not too crazy about technology, but I can use it efficiently and know my way around it for the most part. I can really live without my phone. After all, I do not even have texting (almost been five years, actually) so it should not be a problem if a phone is not apart of my life for a week or so. I do not have an earthquake preparedness kit, and that kind of bothers me to an extent because I do not know how severe situations would appear during an earthquake or disasters.

    At a point and time like this, Digital Natives should be rest assured that technology is no longer of the essence and it would not be efficient if they try to still have access to it. Food and water should at the very least be of the essentials, and trying to find a safe shelter should be of priority as well. Technology is fun and games, but an earthquake preparedness kit, food, and water, can allow you to see a better tomorrow. Forget about what the latest tweet is, or what the last Facebook status said. Save your life, and find yourself some shelter.

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  20. Earthquakes terrify me. I have a house phone, but we never use it, in fact, I don't know where it is. But we have one in case of an emergency. We always talk about getting an earthquake kit together but we just haven't done it yet. We have a bunch of dry and canned food, but we don't have any water stored anywhere, which makes me nervous. But,I do try and stay prepared though, I always keep shoes next to my bed, because once my uncle woke up to an earthquake and stepped on glass. My phone has a flash light app so that makes me feel a little better, but that brings up the point about phones and earthquakes. I don't know what I would do. I have my phone on me all the time, I used it 24/7, its how I communicate. I'm not sure what I'd do without it. Hopefully, I'd be somewhere with a phone nearby, or somebody who has a house phone.

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  21. I know that in a situation like this, of course I would wish that my cell phone was working in case I needed it, but it would not be my biggest concern. I would be more concerned with having enough supplies to last me for a while. I think that most other people would be that way as well, it's just common sense. Of course they might miss their electronics, but I think people know what is truly important in a time like that.

    My family does have an earthquake kit. It has blankets, water, food that doesn't expire, wind up flashlights. I think we should probably add more things to it because there isn't enough to last very long. I would rather feel really prepared than not prepared enough.

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  22. I find the idea of staying connected during a natural disaster a bit funny. People frantically trying to be the first to post on facebook about the earthquake they just experinced is extremely common. Its almost like i dont even need to watch the news because I'll find it on my news feed. But in my opinion those that have the fear of not having internet for a week can sleep easy because the first thing thats restored after an earthquake is electricty. And electricty equals the internet once again. Food and water are always easy to obtain because of modern day supermarkets. Who needs to pay for food when theres no electricty for the register? See there are some benifits to a power outage. At my home we dont have an earthquake kit. My family has no plan in the event of an earthquake. Now im convinced to make a plan with my family after class

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  23. During times of immense boredom, I find myself going through crazy scenarios in my head to help the time pass by quicker. What would I do if I had no arms? What would I do if a 7 foot 275 pound man flirted with my girlfriend? Or what would I do with 10 dollars a week? but for situations like natural disasters, I tend to think about them but never put them into action. In my head I think about all the things I would need in an earthquake emergency kit, or special meeting places with my family just in case we had no form of communication. But do I have an emergency earthquake kit or any special meeting places? No. I would have to beat off the crowds in order to find food and water at supermarkets.I would have to avoid any suspicious characters who might want to attack me for my money or clothes. So, now that i realize the horror that could commence after an earthquake, I really should get ready.

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  24. Living in the Bay Area for most of my life, as well as my parents, reflecting back on it, I'm very surprised that my family has not compiled or purchased an earthquake kit. But I would not be surprised if that were the case for many other families in California as well. A lot of us tend to have the mentality that the worst won't happen to us such as a car accident or a big earthquake until it actually happens. When something like this does happen to us, we get a wake up call, and if were not prepared we suffer the consequences. For some reason we don't take action until something happens to us that effects us greatly, and then we regret not making decisions, such as having an earthquake kit, that we should have before.

    In terms of surviving without a cell phone or computer, I think it would be difficult simply because I and probably many other people rely on their technology so much these days, but i think i would be able to manage without them.

    Kyle D. McKinnis

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  25. As reliant we are on technology, we have not become as advanced as we like to think. Previously traveling to Mexico, my less than convenient T-moblie service was MIA. Not only putting me at a disadvantage of staying connected with friends, my parents had no means of connecting me while in a different country! This lead me to the idea that in a severe emergency, my blackberry would not be the means of my survival. As for an earthquake or other natural disaster, I would be completely ill-prepared because of my reliance on technology that is unreliable. With enough of the day's stressors in my mind, an earth shattering earthquake is the last thing on my mind. But not completely impossible, and myself and so many others should be well prepared.

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  26. I don't have an earthquake preparedness kit, at least I don't think I do. I live in an area where earthquakes never happened (yet). Even then, I think I'd be able to survive if there ever was an extreme earthquake where I live. The only thing I would be able to think about in that kind of situation is what foods there are to eat. And boredom wouldn't be an issue for me since I spend majority of my time sleeping. I don't know what exactly an earthquake preparedness kit contains, but the things I would have in there is a fair amount of supply of canned foods, bottled water, a first aid kit, food for my pets, and any other things that may be necessary for survival.

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  27. I think Digital Natives would be able to survive without a cell phone. When there’s an earthquake around your area, what’s really important is yourself and the people around you. Cell phones will only be needed until after the shock. That’d be the time to call your family that may be at work or school to see if they’re all okay. I don’t think that someone during the quake would be browsing through their social networking apps. Although, Facebook/Twitter addicts will most definitely post on their timeline that there’s an earthquake the first second it occurs. I have an earthquake preparedness kit in my house in case one may occur. The kit would let a family of four survive for approximately 14 days. Everyone should have a kit because we’re all prone to encountering an earthquake at any time of the day. No one knows when it’ll happen.

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  28. I would not be able to live without my phone. I would be so worried about my family and friends. I would be wondering if they were okay or not. I could live without my computer but I am very addicted to my phone, there is no doubt about that. I go on Facebook, check my emails, its my planner for homework, my schedule for work, my camera, i google for answers that I don't know, and my texting/calling device to talk to people. I use it for practically everything. After a few days of not being able to use my phone I would probably get over it and be able to move on. The thing I wouldn't be able to move on from is how dark the house would be if there were no lights. I am deathly afraid of the dark. So in that Survival Kit I would have several flashlights with lots of batteries, some little night lights, along with a lot of water, and some food. The body can go two weeks without food so I would be more worried about water than food. Although, I personally, couldn't go two weeks without food. So I would have a lot of granola bars and protein bars in there, a lot of gummy snacks, and some extra toothpaste (in case I run out). It'd also be a good idea to put a list of important phone numbers in the kit too so that you have peoples numbers who you might need to call. Family is almost as important as water to me.

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  29. After reading this, I feel like I should really get an earthquake kit together. After all, we do live in the Earthquake state. With the San Andreas fault down the block it is probably best to have an earthquake kit just in case. I think if there was a tragic earthquake and power outages the last thing I would be worried about is my cell phone. With other worries and everyone else being in the same position, having a cell phone wouldn't matter anyways.People would need to find out how they are going to get supplies to last them. The first thing people would really worry about is the people around them and how they are going to recover from the tragedy. Even though it would be nice to have a cell phone to contact people and make sure they're alright, at that point survival comes first.Worrying about a cell phone should come after everything is back to where it was and when everyone is safe.

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  30. I am pretty sure if a lightning bolt were to strike your cell phone, the shock from the lightning would probably kill you. Moving on to the main point though, earthquakes that would stop us from communicating with each other would be very interesting to see. I would actually enjoy seeing it happen just to see how most of my friends would react because they are Digital Natives and they would have no way of contacting anyone without their handy dandy computer, or their phone. Food and Water are interesting topics for this situation. If there were outages everywhere even at local food markets, wouldn't people just start a random riot and start breaking into stores to steal necessities they need? I actually don't have an earthquake kit myself, nor does my family. I honestly did not know they existed, but I suppose there is a product for everything. I think my earthquake kit would have: food, water, medical supplies, a flashlight, some batteries, and a pistol with a few magazines (ammunition), just in case something were to happen.

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  31. After taking a semester of geology, it is actually pretty terrifying when you understand how overdue California is for an earthquake. Especially the "big one" we're expected to have one of these days. Without a doubt it will come, but its a matter of time. My family however does not have an earthquake kit, although every time we have an earthquake we remind ourselves we should have one ready. We use to have food and water stored but not anymore. However the only thing you can truly do is have supplies stored for the event, until then all we can do is wait. Earthquakes are something that not even our own technology has been capable of predicting, yet we have amazing things like smart phones in almost everyone's pocket. Seems like we're putting the cart before the horse.

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  32. Earthquakes can lead to some very dangerous situations. The electricity going out for a week from an earthquake is not the worst thing that could happen. Much bigger disasters could occur. Still in this situation I would depend on my cell phone more than ever. I barely use my cell phone in my everyday life, so it wouldn't be about texting or chatting with friends. Access to cell phones would be available through battery chargers, but then we would run out of batteries too. An experience like this would be very hard for everyone that uses their cell phone many hours every day. It is also a whole different issue for those of us that have smart phones. With a smart phone comes access to the internet and many other usefully tools. We can easily survive without our cell phones, it would just be inconvenient. I do not have an earthquake safety survival kit, but this makes me wonder if some people have solar powered cell phone chargers in their kits. I also wonder if anyone has a walky talky in their kit. I know that I would be in a little danger and at a disadvantage since the closest thing I have to a survival kit is a blanket and pepper spray in my car.

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  33. The human body can survive about three weeks without food but only three days without water. Its important to have supplies that can save your life in a situation where society becomes nonfunctional or without rule of law. An earthquake is only one of many possibilities, so its good to have a kit of supplies for any kind of disaster or emergency. I keep a large backpack full of supplies that could be carried by foot along with many other things stored in the house. A Large sturdy backpack is a good place to start. Put in it a first aid kit, water containers, water purification tablets, dehydrated food or other long lasting food, a tarp or something waterproof, a few space blankets, a fixed blade knife, a multitool, some matches or flint, something metal to cook food and boil water, a map of your area, a compass, a signal mirror, a whistle, a flashlight with spare batteries, a roll of duct tape, and a small radio. And make sure you can carry all of this. You cant always rely on a car to get somewhere. Its also a good idea to keep a weeks supply of food and water, a few gallons of gasoline, a couple fire extinguishers, a large first aid kit, and a wench to turn of the gas in the house.

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  34. I am extremely attached to my household and on the go devices. Without these things I would feel completely screwed in life. This might be why I am deathly afraid of experiencing a huge earthquake like the one that happened in the 80's sometime before I was born. Not being able to know where my family members are, let alone even my pets makes my heart sink. I can't control the environment or what happens during earthquakes, but what I can do is make sure that I am prepared to endure the worst. Because of this, I have an earthquake or a survival kit that I carry in my car with me at all times. This kit was made for me by my parents when I first got my license, and it has over 200 items in it to make sure that I can survive no matter where I am. From water purifying tablets, to solar powered flashlights, to fishing line, to top ramen noodles, to tools, panchos, blankets, and more, I have enough to probably last me a good few weeks in an extremely bad climate. I am thankful for these things I have, because I know most people wouldn't be as prepared in a natural disaster as I. Hopefully if one ever happens during my lifetime that I can use my supplies to not only help me out but also the ones around me to survive the unfortunate event and still be healthy through it all.

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  35. That’s a pretty cool picture. I’ve never seen a cool picture like that before. But if there was an earthquake that took out the electricity for a week, I’m pretty sure a digital native can survive a week without their electronics. But I would feel bad for those people who are always “using” their phones. In fact, I wish that could happen (not the earthquake, just the electricity being out for a week) to see how those people would react.
    I do not have an earthquake emergency kit. I have talked to my mom about it and she did buy some water bottles and stacked them up in the back room of the house. That’s back at home though. Here in the dorms, I’m not prepared at all. Perhaps I should get some emergency kits just in case I ever need them.

    Arturo G.

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  36. It was my first time sees the lightning bolts in the U.S. and it was a really beautiful one. My friends suggested me to turn off my electronic devices but I didn’t turn them off, because I was writing my first essay at that time. I believe what this article talks about. As a digital naïve, I never worry about running out of food, water or gas, but what I really care is my cell phone or my leg top can access to internet and get my works done. I need my communication tools keep running all the time without any problems, even in a dangerous situation like under big lightening bolts.

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  37. We do not have an earthquake kit and we would be in trouble if that kind of disaster struck. we keep telling ourselves that we would get one, but procrastination might bite us in the behind. I think that I would be able to survive for a little bit because I like doing outdoor activities. I would eventually go crazy because i need to read about stuff that is going on the the world or with my friends. I think that we need to find a way to depend less on technology just incase something like this happens.

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  38. With the way things are now, I honestly wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people couldn't handle not having a phone or the internet on them at all times. We're so plugged into virtual space that it's scary sometimes. I can't deny that I have my own electrical items that I'd be a little worried if I didn't have around, but I can only hope that I'd at least figure out how to adapt without them. As for an earthquake kit, I don't have one but should probably look into it. I know that the body can survive for quite a while without food, but three days without water will kill you, or something like that. These are things I should probably take into serious consideration, but it's hard because part of me keeps thinking that nothing that bad is going to happen even though California is quite overdue for a large earthquake.

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  39. I personally would have a hard time not having a cell phone and trying to survive, but it will take time for to adapt and learn how to live without one. The bad things is, when you really think about it, the majority of people cannot live with out their phones. I just ask myself the same question over and over again. If one day something were to happen and no one had cell phones, how would people react? Will people go crazy and insane? Can we adapt? Having a cell phone 24/7 has become a bad habit, but also a necessity of our daily lives.

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  40. Can we really live without our cell phones, anything runs on electricity or gas ? This is the question I always ask myself. I started watching this new show on NBC. The name of the show is “Revolution” . This show is basically about how one day some people come on earth and they take away all of the electricity of the whole planet. There are 12 pendants which can turn on the electricity back . I just find this show very interesting because how people are surviving without cell phones and any kind of electronic device. People can be so selfish when it comes to surviving. It will feel like people are back in when humans were trying to surviving without all of the technology and cars. There is always natural disasters happens around the world. What if any of this natural disaster takes one of our main sources away.Electronic stuff can’t last forever. If ever earthquake happens i would have medical kit, can foods, some fuel to light fire and tools for making a shelter.

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  41. My family doesn't have an earthquake emergency kit at all. But when thinking about how we might be more worried about how our phones don't work instead of worrying about no food or water is pretty crazy to me. I think it's just crazy how you go around and you'll see everyone on their phone doing anything. Communication is so much more common through texting each other so if something did happen to where we can't use our cell phones anymore, people will go insane. iPads, MacBooks, smartphones, & etc. are things that I feel that all humans are used to using now these days that they don't even think about making a earthquake emergency kit because they think they can just use their smart phone to google stuff when it happens or something.

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  42. My family does have an earthquake preparedness kit. In it are blankets, flashlights, first aid kit, canned food, water and many other things. Honestly, i don't know if i would be able to survive without my phone. I wouldn't have any other choice though. I could only survive without my phone if i have something to do. If something were to really happen, i don't know what i would do.

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  43. Honestly I don't have an earthquake kit, but while I was reading the topic I was sure that there is a big portion of people think that staying connected to the web is more important than anything else, we care for our cellphones,Ipads, laptops and other devices more than food or medicine.
    I know few people who are really sick and need medication every day when they pack their stuff to a trip they might forget their medicines but not their laptops.
    We ask ourself, how many times we were going in a trip and we forget to take food or drink or enough clothes, but we never forget our laptop for example although we don't have a work to do.
    I believe this is called addiction, we are addicted to technology and it really doesn't bother me because technology is making our lifes easier.

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  44. Cell phones would be my last concern during a natural disaster. My concern would to be with my loved ones if i could and to survive. I am actually in the process of making a survivor kit. i already have about 90 waterbottles, i want to get at least 200 and save up lots of cans of food with a spare can opener. I also want to have a hunting liscence just in general and learn how to shoot with a bow and arrow. In natural disasters, looters are a must. & if access to food and water was shut off for longer than a month, cannibals would also be a concern. I am a strong breed of my species that will survive if something happened, & if i dont survive at least i went out with a fight,like a hero protecting my loved ones.

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  45. I think the Digital Natives would be bored out of their mind without cellphones and internet. It would also make it very hard to see if relatives and friends are okay. I feel that a lot of people wouldn't know what to do with their lives if they didnt have electricity. They probably wouldn't even understand the concept of going outside to take a walk and breathe in some fresh air. Now that I think of it I should have an emergency kit ready. You never know when something bad is going to happen so it's good to have something ready. Even though there are ads and tv programs that let you know that you should have one ready at all times, I dont think a lot of people actually have one ready.

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  46. Well. I do not have an Earthquake preparedness kit and I do think my lack of connection to the Internet due to dead cell phone battery would be my primary concern as I would need to get help from the outer world. If I need an earthquake kit, I would stuff it with water, dry food that can preserve for a long time, manually charged flashlights, a satellite cell phone and a pistol. The reasons for these items are straightforward. For one thing, food and water are to keep me alive until help arrives and the satellite phone is meant to send distress signals. For the other, flashlights are used at night and dark places as a powerful earthquake would probably knock out the entire electricity grid for a city, and the weapon is stuffed into the kid in order to protect myself in such a time as an massive earthquake when the situation becomes completely chaotic.

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  47. Ever since I started my time at CSU East Bay, I started to keep supplies in my car. Dr. Kitting, an Ecology professor and my adviser, informs all his students that our campus lands on a fault line, and that if a large earthquake were to hit, we would be stuck on campus for several days. This is why I now keep a change of clothes, an extra pair of shoes, a blanket, bottles of water, cans of soda, granola bars, pop-tarts, cup of noodles, and a battery pack. I am prepared if it ever does happen anywhere I am with my car!

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  48. I have thought about this happening at any given moment every day. If an earthquake does happen, I believe that's the day I will be saying goodbye to earth. I don't have any earthquake kit. My family used to have one, but everything in there went bad: the water evaporated, the food expired, and some of the clothing even shriveled! If one did happen, my phone would be okay for an extra day or so, because I have two batteries. I still wouldn't be able to do anything though, because the power lines would have knocked out. I am going to remake one with all the aid supplies I may need. It's better to be safe than to be sorry!

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  49. I think about emergency preparedness practically once everyday.I am not a 'dooms day prepper.' I am a product of a family full of emergency professionals. I, myself, am part of a youth fire fighting program in my community. So in order to prepare in the event of a disaster I have an emergency kit in my car and dorm room. My car kit is complete with a large heavy blanket, a first aid kit, road flares, a tire jack, a spare tire, a small tool bag, a chemical hazard and road safety book, food, flash light, water, a portable tire compressor, an umbrella, rain poncho, car jumpers, a baseball bat, etc. In my room I keep most of the same equipment previously stated and then some that are applicable for a residential place. I take at least one p.e. class to condition myself for circumstance. Normally these classes are a self defense or a martial arts class to update on strength and stamina as well as just general prevention skills. When I part from family members (this is an emergency professional thing) we say 'be safe,' not 'goodbye'. The only reason why I would consider charging or using my phone would be to contact help but if all of the power is down then there is no point. I am more concerned about personal safety rather than my Facebook page. Although I really should at least have a plan for all of these instances because what good are tools with out a pre deemed plan? They'll help me out for a while but I need to have a plan for long term well being in an emergency circumstance.

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  50. Living in the Bay Area especially, it is important to know that an earthquake can happen at any time. I am originally from Winters, CA (60 miles north of San Francisco) so it is not as common to hear about earthquakes happening or even preparing for them because you never feel them out there. Ever since moving to Hayward in September to start school at CSUEB, I have felt two small earthquakes. It is crazy to think that earthquakes are happening all the time, but you just don't feel them which makes me wonder what I am going to do when I or if I feel a major earthquake. I currently do not have a earthquake preparedness kit but I think it is important for everyone to have one especially here where earthquakes are bound to happen at any time since we are on a fault line.

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