Check out The Red Cross’s Earthquake Safety Checklist to learn the basics about what you can do to prepare for an earthquake and what you should do/where you should go when one happens.
Make your earthquake kit, please start today!
Here’s a list of the essentials you should have ready in your earthquake kit. I’ve included a link to buy some of the harder to find products on Amazon to make it super easy to take action on this right away. But most of these items are also available in stores like Target, Walmart, etc.
- Water—at least one gallon per person, per day. Aim for 2 weeks worth.
- Food—nonperishable stuff that doesn’t need water or heat to prepare, like canned food. Again, aim for 2 weeks worth.
- A Flashlight OR
- Hand Crank Radio/Flashlight/Cell Charger
- Extra batteries
- First Aid Kit
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton pads
- 2 weeks supply of any medications
- Multipurpose tool (like a Swiss Army Knife )
- Toilet paper
- Trash bags
- Heavy duty work gloves
- Copies of important papers like birth certificates, and insurance policies
- Cash—including change for pay phones
- Plastic eating utensils/paper plates
- Printed maps of the area
- Printed first aid guide
- Extra set of car keys and house keys
- Manual can opener
- Duct Tape
- Ziploc Bags
- Paper Towels
- Antibacterial wipes
- Wrench or pliers
- Medicine dropper
- Extra pair of glasses
- Chlorine bleach with no additives
- For kids/babies -extra supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, and diapers)
- Fire Extinguisher
- Superglue – it can be used to close a wound if you can’t get to a hospital!
- Also for babies: Baby Tylenol/fever reducer
- Super important for young children: ID Bracelet or another form or physical ID – put it on as soon as the quake happens
- For pets: extra water, pet food, and a leash or crate
Click each of these links, print out the information, and store in your earthquake/disaster kit
- Basic CPR and First Aid Guide
- Child CPR
- How to Shut off Gas to your Home
- How to Shut off Power to Your Home
- How to Disinfect Water with Bleach for Drinking in a Disaster
- Location of the Nearest Payphones to your Home/Office
- Print out Street Maps of your home neighborhood and all other areas/routes you frequent
References and Links:
I mentioned a few studies and facts in my video, here are links to check those out for yourself.