I dealt with an earthquake for the first time

Sammy hiking at Cerro Gordo, Vega Alta, PR

Hello, everyone, it has been nine days and apparently I can't cancel 2020.

I don't know where to start to be honest. As some of you know I've been tweeting for the past few weeks about feeling the earth moving but on January 7, 2020, after the three wise king days, we been hit a 6.6 magnitude around 4:30 am. 

I remember that my two dogs woke me up crying and I instantly knew something wasn't right and before I could even check what going on the power went out and everything started shaking. I don't know if I screamed but I do remember I kick my dog Sammy (who is a senior golden retriever)out of my bed so we could reach to the safety but I felt like those cartoon where they try to get up but they keep falling down after I managed to reach my door from my bedroom so we could get into the safety area everything stop. I was panicking I open my cat bedroom I was scared that he got hurt and thankfully he was okay. So I went to my patio and immediately fill two buckets of waters for my dogs plus a giant water bowl for my cat my neighbor from the second floor called me from her balcony to see if we were alright after we all went outside scared because we dealt small earthquake no more than some 4.1 magnitudes. 

We all dint sleep, our anxiety was on the sky roof. We were in our Maria mode we dealt with Hurricane Irma an

d Maria (2017) so having no electricity and water for months wasn't news for us. 
(We're still recovering from Hurricane Maria. FEMA plus Trump administration and the local government aren't doing a great job.)

My mom texted me to come to her apartment since she has a barbecue so I could eat some breakfast. I gave my mom dog a small walk so he could do his business he only went to pee outside quickly and dint even dare to stay far away from his apartment so I decided to trust his instinct and we went inside. Later on, I was talking to my mom. I don't remember the conversation but out of nowhere we had a replica of the earthquake I almost lost my balance and I immediately went under the table from the family room. I was under the table with her dog my mom was too shook to move to the point she asked me if it was an earthquake... I won't forget the 7:15 am from the horrible sound of the door banging as if someone trying to break the door and her neighbor screaming. It was like those Hollywood movies where everything is in slow motion but at the same time, everything went too fast.  


That day no one sleeps every several minutes to hours we got a replica of the earthquake and the next day I decided to drive with her dog and let just say when you are driving and the earth started to shake you won't feel like but you will feel as if you were in a boat going left and right. It's not the first time I dealt with an earthquake while inside of a car. I remember back in December 24, 2010, my mom ex-husband was driving and it felt we were in a boat so luckily I learned what to do and that reduces your speeding, turn on the intermittent, identify your area where you can stop and make sure there is no cables or trees (that is also including bridges and tunnels) after you stop stay inside the car and make sure that your area is okay to keep going with precaution. 

Having this experience is horrible with my PTSD of Hurricane Maria but I'm thankful that I manage to stay calm the whole thing and I'm more prepared in case of another Earthquake. 

Here are some tips on what can you in case of a natural disaster.

- Power will be out and so is the communication. Text messages are better than calling someone.
- Always store water bottle for drinking, cleaning, and for bathing
- Stored canned and dry food that can last you at least for 12 weeks including your pet's food.
- Always have a copy plus original paper of your birth certificate, passport, social security number, your pet document (including a recent photo of them), and any other important document.
-If you have any pets make sure they are microchip (unless in your state or country doesn't work) always have a tag with the info of your pets name and your phone number and your veterinary 



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