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How to Use Our Emergency Preparedness Assessment Tool

Emergency PreparednessWe offer an interactive Emergency Preparedness Assessment Tool on our website that makes it super easy for you to quickly learn exactly which survival kits and emergency supplies you need to prepare for a disaster. Our Home Emergency Preparedness Assessment Tool analyzes the size of your family, geographic location of your home, number of bedrooms, pets, and other information you provide to determine which kits and supplies you need to prepare your home.

Just simply answer the questions and we’ll provide you with a customized list of recommended kits and supplies based on the information you provide. The list of recommendations we provide will have 2 categories: Essential Preparedness and Complete Preparedness. Essential Preparedness includes the standard level of supplies recommended by the US Department of Homeland Preparedness. Complete Preparedness includes a comprehensive list supplies to ensure that you are fully prepared for any disaster situation.

Need help figuring out which survival kits and emergency supplies you need to keep in your car, school, and office!?  No problem!  We offer tools for figuring that out too.

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Using Technology for Earthquake Preparedness

EarthquakesLast week, a decent sized earthquake hit Mexico near Acapulco which served as a reminder of the devastating earthquakes and tsunamis that hit Japan last year. In California, or “earthquake country” as it’s often referred to, people casually talk about the “The Big One.” But earthquake preparedness is no laughing matter that that scientists and lay people alike know that we can expect to have a catastrophic earthquake likely on the San Andreas fault which stretches down the Golden State.

As a kid I remember my mom purchased a small device that was supposed to detect earthquakes and sound an alarm. While I had my doubts, it unfortunately annoyed everyone with its constant false alarms like when someone slammed a door (which was all too often in my family). So, so we had to remove it before we ever got to see if it really did predict earthquakes.

Prepare for EarthquakeHere we are today, some twenty odd years later and California is still without any effective earthquake preparedness technology. The best thing I’ve seen around is a $.99 iPhone App that is supposed to detect earthquakes by using the internal gyroscope that detects movement. This is the hardware responsible for detecting when the display mode should be either landscape or portrait. Supposedly you can lay it down next to you while you sleep to help you detect an earthquake. But again, I’m skeptical at best.

Other countries such as Japan and even Mexico supposedly have better earthquake detection and warning systems than we do in the U.S. Japan is reported to have spent $1 billion building their preparedness system. Compare that to the measly $400,000 a year that California researchers have spent developing our technology. Experts estimate that we need to spend at least another $50 on developing our system and another $5 million on operating it.

EarthquakesMaking the financial case for investment in earthquake preparedness difficult for the state is the fact that, unlike countries such as Mexico and Japan, California fortunately hasn’t actually had a catastrophic earthquake in over a century.  Scientists are close to a solution and a team in San Diego claims to have one that will help predict an earthquake 1 minute before the seismic shock-wave reaches.  But the real question is whether it will work the first time without having a bunch of false alarms first (like the device my mom bought when I was a kid).  The hope is that the system will also do more than just detect quakes but also communicate warning messages via social media, television, radio broadcast, fire/police stations, public transit operators, and more.

The state definitely should invest more in earthquake preparedness and technology but whether it gets off the ground or not everyone needs to make their own investment too by having an earthquake kit.  Predicting a quake will not help you necessarily survive the aftermath.  It is everyone’s own individual responsibility to prepare for an earthquake by taking the necessary steps such as purchasing a reliable earthquake kit.

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Using Social Media in Emergency Situations

Social Media and Emergency PreparednessThe role of social media in emergency preparedness is something we at Quake Kare have been following closely for the past few years. According to a recent poll by Mashable.com, 71% of people would use social media for emergency purposes. Survival victims hope to use these services for information such as the location of emergency food and water, evacuation routes, and emergency shelter locations. Click on the thumbnail of the brilliant infographic to learn more fun and interesting factoids about social media use for emergency preparedness.

As a culture, we started rely more and more on social media. In recent disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti and revolution in Egypt, it has paid an important role as a method to communicate to others where they can find sanctuary. By spreading viral messages about disaster threats, emergency agencies can gather intelligence and have ongoing communication with victims.

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