Scientists Predict Another 5+ EARTHQUAKE within a WEEK! Are You Ready?

We have not felt an earthquake like Thursday's in 20 years! Then we had an even stronger one yesterday! What if the next one is even bigger? The best thing we can do is to prepare and make our homes and places that we frequent as safe as possible.

How To Prepare for an Earthquake (in California we should always be prepared):

  • Secure things in the house

  • Identify and note every exit in your home

  • Walk through each room and identify good duck and cover spots

  • Make a family meeting place

  • All local family should pick an out of area family member to check in with, cell towers get inundated and it can be hard to reach other local phones

  • Family information cards (important for first responders to have allergy info and restrictions)

  • Emergency bag for 72 hours (see below for what to include)

  • Run an earthquake fire drill for day time

  • Run an earthquake drill where everyone has to get out of bed

  • MOST HOME INSURANCE PLANS DO NOT INCLUDE EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE! CHECK YOUR POLICY AND CALL YOUR INSURANCE AGENT NOW! Can you imagine if your family incurred great loss and on top of it, you have the financial stress knowing that you will have to cover everything out of pocket - if you can cover it.......

What to do when you feel an earthquake: DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON!

  • Drop to your hands and knees. Cover your head and neck with your arms. Crawl only as far as needed to reach cover from falling materials. Hold on to any sturdy furniture until the shaking stops.

  • If you are outside, stay outside

  • If you are in bed, stay in bed and cover your head with a blanket

  • If you are in a car, stop in a clear area away from things that can fall, stay in the car

  • Do not use an elevator

  • Stay away from cliffs and mountains that can have rolling rocks and debris

What to Pack in your Earthquake Emergency Bag:

*if you are able to stay in your home and electricity is out, eat everything you can in your refrigerator and freezer before eating what is in your pack

2 options:

  1. One big emergency bag that everyone can handle holding, wearing, or rolling

  2. One bag for each family member

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • First aid kit

  • Whistle to signal for help

  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

  • Manual can opener for food

  • Local maps

  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

  • Any medications family members may need

  • Pet food

  • Baby diapers, female products, food, blankets

  • A pair of shoes or flip flops for every member of the family, many times earthquakes occur at night and putting on shoes is the last thing on everyone’s mind.


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