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Are You Prepared to Survive An Earthquake?
There’s now doubt that the recent earthquakes in Japan and other parts of the world have give us all ‘food for thought’ when it comes to taking action to prepare for an earthquake, including purchasing an earthquake survival kit. Hopefully it has done more than that and moved you to get prepared for the safety of yourself and your family. If you haven’t started yet, why not make today the day – just say to yourself that you will take action now, even if it’s only the first step or two. You’ll sleep better – I promise.
So exactly how should you get started? Well, one way to attack earthquake preparedness is to look at it in three stages: preparation, during an earthquake and after an earthquake.
Preparing for an Earthquake
Earthquake preparedness includes a number of steps. Getting your family prepared mentally for the possibility of a quake is very important. Quakes are scary (I’ve been in a fourth floor apartment during one). Panic is less likely if your family – especially the children are prepared. The commonly accepted strategy ‘drop, cover, hold’, should be practiced till it becomes routine.
What to do and when to do it are important for various ‘during and after’ quake scenarios. These should be discussed and practiced when possible. Cell phones have proven relatively reliable during disasters. Ensure that those who have them have the numbers to call for help if they need to.
Earthquake preparedness also includes collecting food and other emergency supplies. A commercial earthquake survival kit is an excellent option. The best of these are carefully prepared to provide food for several days and also include items like water, lighting, a radio, first-aid and sanitation. A four person kit can usually be had for around $100 and takes a lot of the worry and work out of organizing your supplies.
Of course, adding to your kit is always a good idea with useful items you have around the home. This might include a shovel that can be dedicated to your kit and placed in the same location. Collecting these ‘extras’ can make the difference between being relatively comfortable after an earthquake and finding it overwhelming. Carefully choose where you put your kit. Make sure you can get at it. You wouldn’t want to put it somewhere that is likely to get covered with debris after a quake.
Another important step in preparing for an earthquake is securing your home as much as possible to stand the shocks. This means repairing and strengthening your home. For example, in many homes the wood framing is not properly secured to the foundation. This is a relatively easy fix and can mean the difference between your home staying ‘stuck’ or sliding off its foundation during a good shake.
Other steps in preparing your home include securing bookcases to the wall with screws and keeping heavier items on the lower shelves. Securing your water heater is also important so that it cannot fall over. Did you know that your water heater could provide your water in an emergency?
During an Earthquake
Since earthquakes are unlikely to give advance warning, your pre-planning will give you the ‘mental tools’ you need to help you survive the quake. Remaining as calm as possible is important. FEMA recommends that if you are indoors you stay there. They recommend that you “drop to the ground; take cover by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and hold on until the shaking stops. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building”
If you are outdoors, stay there and move away from buildings. If you get trapped under debris, stay there, don’t light a match, try not to stir up dust, and cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing.
After an Earthquake
After the quake passes, be prepared for after-shocks. If you can move safely, do so and check for the safety of the other members of your family. Only use the phone for an emergency so as to keep the lines clear for those who need it. Check for gas leaks, sewer and water line damage. And of course, I’m sure you will keep an eye out for how you can help your neighbors.
The above are a few of the steps to help you get going when it comes to earthquake preparedness. If you cover them, you will be well on your way to managing an earthquake scenario as best as possible. If you haven’t done so, why not get started now? American Family Safety Disaster Systems can help with some of the best earthquake survival kits and emergency preparedness supplies on the planet. You will feel better, and can put that nagging thought about being prepared to rest. And let’s face it, there’s no point in worrying about it right? Prepare, put it to rest, and get on with enjoying your life! Click here to go to American Family Safety now: Emergency Kits – Affordable and Customizable. Stay Safe!
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