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.