Earthquake Preparedness

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Earthquake PreparednessUnlike hurricanes and snow storms, powerful earthquakes can strike with little or no warning. From minor quakes that measure 3.0 to 4.0 on the Richter scale to devastating strong and major seismic shifts that top 7.0, earthquakes can cause incredible damage in a matter of seconds. Areas that feature active fault lines including California, Alaska and Washington are prone to earthquakes, tremors and aftershocks and if you live in a danger zone it is imperative that you have fully equipped disaster and first aid kits on hand to deal with the aftermath of an earthquake.

Earthquake prone areas that are near coastlines also have the added hazard of a possible tsunami warning. When an earthquake occurs underwater it causes the displacement of a large body of water which results in strong and powerful waves that can flood entire cities in minutes. While a tsunami will come with at least some measure of advanced warning, earthquakes often occur with no alert and catch most people unprepared.

Regardless of how active a fault line is in your area take the necessary precautions to protect your home and your family in the case an earthquake occurs. Having earthquake kits and emergency supplies on hand can be the difference between life and death. If you survive the shocks of an earthquake you may still have to deal with loss of power, no running water, possible injuries, fires and floods. Depending on the magnitude of the quake and your location it can be days and even weeks until rescue teams and emergency medical staff can reach you to administer aid. During this crucial period a well equipped earthquake kit and survival kit will allow you to stay well-fed, protected from foul weather and have purified drinking water.

Earthquake kits come in many sizes but most will include the following essential emergency supplies:

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Bandages, anti-bacterial ointment and medications
  • Blankets, canned and packaged foods and purified drinking water
  • Flashlights and portable radios with extra batteries
  • Poly tarps
  • Shovels and axes
  • Portable toilets
  • Crescent and pipe wrenches
  • Emergency stove
  • First aid kit
 

Even if an earthquake is a modest 3.0 or lower on the Richter scale the shifts and tremors can cause structural damage, cause glass to break and rupture power and water lines. How an earthquake will shift the earth can't be predicted and you need to be prepared for the worst-case scenario to ensure you and your family can survive the aftermath.

If the quake is massive chances are rescue teams will be hindered in their efforts to reach you. If you are in a major city or small town the damage caused by a quake measuring 7.0 or higher will be catastrophic and you will need to survive on your own for several days before emergency help arrives. Having fully equipped earthquake kits and first aid supplies will give you the tools you need to keep you and your family safe.

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