Shake, rattle and roll! Or as native Californians call it, “another day.” However, it is important to not take Mother Nature lightly as the proverbial “big one” can hit at any time. So it it important to do what the Scouts recommend; “Be prepared!“
Some things to consider for an earthquake kit: 1) If you already have a kit, think about changing out old/expired items for new ones and 2) If you don’t have a kit, make one!
A kit should last you and your family (including pets) 3-5 days. It is recommended to have a kit for your home and your vehicle(s). Items should include the necessities like food (non-perishable), water, medications, toiletries and a first aid kit. Don’t forget about extra formula/diapers too!
Have a PLAN in place! Talk with your family and plan out specifics of what to do when something happens. Give specific scenarios like if you are in your car, kids are at school, etc.). This plan should also include a communication plan. Usually cell towers are either inoperable or will be overloaded. So, if you have friends or family out of state, discuss a plan of action for them to be the contact person for the group. Texting takes up less bandwidth which gives you a better chance of getting through.
Don’t forget to anchor heavy items like water heaters, large televisions, dressers, bookcases, and cabinets. You can get sturdy supplies from your local hardware store.
Click below to see a sample emergency kit from ready.gov