OpenHazards: A site you can trust.

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It's out there, somewhere in cyberspace, that vast network of computers  where online communication happens. Sit down at a computer, open your favorite browser. In the search window, pose any question that comes to mind. Then scroll through the mountains of material served up in an instant. Easy!

But then comes the hard part: How do you sift through all the stuff you found and then figure out what, if any, can be trusted? It's one thing if you're searching for local shops, or where to get your car serviced. It's more important if you need to find a good doctor or you're looking for a new job. These aren't really life-threatening decisions, even though the quality of your life is certainly affected by the good (or bad) advice you find and follow.

So -- what if you live in earthquake country? Today, over half the world’s population lives in large cities, and most are vulnerable to earthquake hazards. By 2050, it is expected that 70% of the world’s people will live in urban areas. Chances are, if you're looking at this site, you live in a place that will experience an earthquake

What about you? What hazards exist where you live, or work, or play, or shop, or go to school? Do you know whether you live in an area that might be affected by earthquake hazards such as severe ground shaking, landslides, liquefaction, or tsunamis? Ground shaking alone can cause building and housing damage, road closures, loss of communications, and dam or reservoir breaks. Other concerns  would be water pollution, loss of access to water or power, or disruption of city services such as paramedic or fire fighter response.

How can you find the help you need to make decisions that could save you money and protect your family?  How can you plan in advance to stay safe? How do you make a disaster kit, or figure out whether the buildings you live, work and play in are earthquake-proof? If you experience an earthquake or a related natural disaster, what should you do?

And to come back to my original question: How do you know whether the information you find is trustworthy? Open Hazards is a group of experts you can trust: we are scientists, technologists, and business people dedicated to providing the kind of information you can rely on to not only survive, but thrive after a severe natural disaster. This is the online place you can trust – where you can get the best answers to all your disaster-related questions. Visit often!

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