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I was returning from an Easter trip on Sunday afternoon when the earthquake hit. Although we were in a parking lot at the Long Beach ferry terminal, you could feel the ground roll. At first, I dismissed the shaking as part of the terminal docking machinery.  We learned what actually happened while driving home. The freeway suddenly seemed ominous and I realized how little prepared I was. In this post I’m focusing on preparing your car so you’ll be better prepared for disaster driving when miles from home.

Take care of Number One first when disaster driving: If you find ever find yourself in an emergency situation with your blood pressure spiking and your mind racing out of control, try this calming breath technique to relax and ground. You can be a beacon for your family & friends in a dire time.

Alternate Nostril Breathing:
Try this with your eyes closed if that’s safe and comfortable, but it also works with your eyes open. Begin on an inhale.
2. Place your right thumb on your right nostril and blow out the left nostril.
3. Then inhale through the left, then place the middle finger of your right hand on the left nostril.
4. Release the right nostril to exhale.
That is one cycle. Repeat for 5 to 10 minutes to restore balance and calm.

Disaster Preparedness:
FEMA has a great disaster safety brochure that’s available online. Their suggestions for driving during an earthquake include:

  • Stop as quickly as safety permits, pull to the side of the road and stay in the car.
  • Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses and utility wires.
  • Do not attempt to drive across bridges or overpasses that have been damaged.
  • Proceed cautiously after the earthquake has stopped, watching for road and bridge damage.
  • If you are on the coast be aware of possible tsunamis, drive inland and to higher elevation. Avoid parking in low lying areas.
  • Do not use your car, unless there is an emergency. Do not go sightseeing through areas of damage. You will only hamper the relief effort. Keep streets clear for the passage of emergency vehicles.

More relaxation techniques for travelers are available at our website, where you can find Drivetime Yoga and Flytime Yoga books, award-winning Cds, car aromatherapy and our new Passport Wallet.

Copyright 2010 Elaine J Masters, http://www.DrivetimeYoga.com