Preparing for an Earthquake

How long could you last if you had to survive on what you currently had in your home?

A question that we do not really want to think about but is crucial to have answered in case of a natural disaster like an earthquake. 

In the western United States, earthquakes occur every day but are so minimal in size that they are not felt or cause any issues. However, there comes a time in every Californians life that you experience your first “big one” as pictures will begin to swing in synchronization with the blinds and items will start to shake and fall off shelves.

After all the moving and shaking is done, we immediately turn on the news to get informed on what just occurred. But what if the tremblor damaged communication lines, plumbing, freeways and electricity…would you be okay, are you prepared?

The CDC recommends knowing the four S’s in case of an emergency: Signs, Safe Spots, Strategy and Supply kit.

First and foremost, know the signs of an earthquake and know that when there is one there may be more! Secondly, know the safe spots in your home to seek for cover if you are not able to drop and cover. Furthermore, create a strategy on where you would meet, who you would check on-assigning everyone a responsibility. And lastly, check your supply and have it restocked with enough to get you through 3 days.

Some crucial things to keep in your supply kit include water (one gallon per person per day, for drinking and sanitation), non-perishable food, flashlight, first aid kit, battery powered or hand crank radio, any necessary medicines and pet food and water.

For more tips and ideas check out Ready.gov.

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