Earthquake Preparedness



Even with sophisticated technology it is still very hard to predict where and when an earthquake will hit and its magnitude. And if disaster teams can pinpoint the location of an earthquake the time it has to warn the public is very short. Earthquakes are sudden and catastrophic events that can cause widespread damage and loss of life but if you take precautionary measures you can reduce the damage that an earthquake may inflict.

Earthquakes, like many natural disasters, strike quickly and without much warning. Though the actual event itself is rather brief the havoc and chaos it causes can be long-term. Many fatalities and major injuries occur within minutes after an earthquake strikes due in many cases to lack of first aid supplies, fresh water, food and shelter. Surviving the quake itself is sometimes easier than surviving the hours after while waiting for rescue teams to arrive.

Since predicting an earthquake is near impossible it is recommended that if you live in an area that is prone to such seismic shifts to have on hand essential first aid supplies and an earthquake disaster kit earthquake disaster kits to deal with the immediate aftermath of an earthquake.

If an earthquake strikes chances are the power, electricity and water will be shut off. It can take utility workers days and even weeks to restore power to heavily hit areas so you should always have on hand emergency flashlights, cell phones, fresh drinking water and plenty of replacement batteries. It is also a good idea to have matches and lighters and enough canned food to last several days. Other key essentials to have within reach after an earthquake hits include blankets, first aid kit and reliable communication gear. Even though it may be spring or summer the temperature at night can drop significantly and if you are outdoors waiting on emergency help it is advised to have blankets and other warm covers to shield yourself and others from cool temperatures.

Even if you avoid major injury during an earthquake you will most likely be scraped or cut somewhere and though the wound may be small if it is not treated quickly and properly infection can occur and make a small problem a major one. Having basic first aid supplies on hand including bandages, anti-bacteria ointments and gauze can patch up most minor bruises. Your first aid kit doesn?t have to be bulky and cumbersome, just be sure you have the essentials for providing temporary relief until trained rescue squads can arrive.

Know how to prepare for earthquakes and what supplies are essential for an individual or office earthquake kit.