Tips for Earthquake Preparedness
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Tips for Earthquake Preparedness

Being prepared for an earthquake can help save you and your family. With an earthquake, it is not only what you do during but also what you do before and after that matters. Learn the tips for earthquake preparedness, and get prepared now. Disasters can strike anyone at anytime. Are you ready is disaster comes to your door?

Earthquakes can scare anyone, and although unpreventable, you and your family can take steps to help everyone stay safe.

First, lets cover some preparations that you should complete before an earthquake:

  • Bolt any high furniture (such as bookshelves) or heavy pictures securely to the wall. This will help stop anything from falling on you or your family.
  • Learn where and home to turn off your utilities from the main. Following an earthquake turn them off until you can ensure the lines don't have any leaks.
  • Have a disaster plan in place. Your plan needs to include emergency contacts, exits to use, and a meeting place in the event you and your family get separated.

Emergency supplies to have on hand:

  • Food and water supplies for at least three days, you do not know how long it may take rescue personnel to get to you.
  • Crescent and pipe wrenches for turning off utilities
  • Fire extinguisher to use in the event the quake sparks a fire.
  • First-aid kit
  • Can opener
  • Batteries
  • Portable radio
  • Flashlights

Second, we cover what to do during and after an earthquake:

  • During the earthquake, move away from anything that could fall on you. Place yourself between two pieces of heavy furniture, between a wall and something heavy, or under a sturdy piece of furniture. If already indoors stay there, if outside stay there. Outdoors during an earthquake move to an open area away from anything that could fall on you. Either way gets into a position crouched down low with your hands covering the back of your neck.
  • Once the shaking stop, turn off your utilities and assess damages. If any structural damage appears, or any unexplained odors, do not turn the utilities on and leave the house. Before returning to the home have the utility lines assessed by the companies providing service. Contact city officials about surveying the structural integrity of your home.

Prepare for aftershocks. Quakes smaller than the first are indicative of aftershocks. If you feel a quake larger than the first, that indicates a fore shock.

Do not rely on local police and fire personnel, likely the quake has also affected them, and may not make it to you quickly. You do not know how long it can take for emergency personal to get to you, and there may be others who need immediate medical help, those will be the first to receive help. Be prepared to provide for your and yourself until advanced help is able to get to you.

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Comments (1)

There is a lot more to it than this...However, I do like your article and it's attempt to bring this type of disaster scenario to the public eye. Being prepared for any disaster allows you to have a piece of mind and level of mental security that is likely unmatched.

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