Earthquake PreparednessAuthorities are ready to help if the “big one” happens, so why do you need to be prepared? There are many factors that play a role in being rescued Including the physical location of the disaster and how widespread the devastation. Mobilizing search and rescue efforts and adequately preparing shelters with supplies of food, water and hygiene products takes time and personnel. Both of which might be short during a major disaster. Until help can arrive, self-sufficiency is key to your comfort and survival in the days immediately following the event and self-sufficiency will only result from advanced preparation.
Preparing for a major earthquake begins by building or purchasing Earthquake Emergency Kits. Your earthquake survival supplies should be stored in locations you most frequent such as your home, vehicle and office. Earthquakes occur without warning thus increasing the probability that you might on the road or at work. Store a Bucket Survival Kit in your home for sheltering-in-place. Keep a Backpack Survival Kit in your car for evacuations/roadside emergencies and stash an individual earthquake kit in your office or classroom. Keep your earthquake preparedness kits in an easily accessible location. In addition, prepare a separate kit for your pets including an emergency supply of food, water and essential items and medications.
WHAT TO DO BEFORE AN EARTHQUAKE
In this section you will learn essential steps you should take before an earthquake strikes. We will help you identify which earthquake kit and supplies you need along with other important earthquake preparedness steps such as securing potential hazards in the home. Click on the links below for additional information.
- here for additional ideas on kit customization. For help preparing individuals with disabilities for an earthquake, reference QK blog post "How to Help People with Disabilities and Other Special Needs Prepare for Disasters."
- "Maintaining Emergency Rations" for information on expiration dates. We also offer ER™ Easy Replacement Kits to help keep kit maintenance more cost and time effective for you.
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WHAT TO DO DURING AN EARTHQUAKE
When the earth starts to shake, your actions could directly result in survival or serious injury. It is imperative you learn what to do during an earthquake if you are at home, work, school or on the road. There are specific actions that earthquake preparedness experts suggest such as to "Drop, Cover, and Hold On". These simple steps have been known to save lives and reduce your risk of death or injury. During earthquakes, drop to the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk or table, and hold on to it firmly. Be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops Continue Reading...
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE
The days following a catastrophic earthquake can be just as dangerous as the seismic event itself. Learn what you can do to survive after an earthquake:
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