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Earthquake Preparedness and Safety Tips


If you live in an earthquake-prone region, then you know how important it is to be ready for “the big one” at any moment’s notice. When it comes to disaster preparedness, it’s especially vital to keep a well-stocked earthquake supply kit in your home, office and car. You can also take extra steps to ensure both your home and office are earthquake-ready. Read on for a helpful earthquake supply list and ways to make your space safer when disaster hits.

Earthquake Supply List

Here is a general list of items to include in your earthquake supply kit:

  • First aid kit: Since many of these contain wound treatment ointments, aspirin or other items that might expire, be sure to check your kit’s expiration date.
  • Prescriptions and medications: Make sure all prescriptions are current and that medications have not expired.
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses, contact lenses and contact solution: Like the above, be sure your prescription is up-to-date.
  • Extra clothes and sturdy walking shoes: This is especially important for your office or automobile’s emergency kit.
  • Non-perishable food: Be sure to check the expiration date every year.
  • Extra food and water for pets
  • Paper towels and toilet paper
  • Safety vest with reflective material
  • Flashlight
  • Battery- or solar-powered radio
  • Extra batteries for all electronics
  • Bottled water
  • Whistle
  • Compass and local maps
  • All-weather space blanket
  • An ax and utility/folding knife
  • Extra cash and coins

Earthquake Safety for Your Home and Office

In addition to the basic items above, here are extra measures you can take to ensure your home or office is earthquake-ready:

  • Secure all large appliances, heavy furniture and hanging items (such as heavy mirrors, lamps, etc.)
  • Use plug-in night light/flashlights with earthquake sensors: It’s recommended that you keep one in every room and hallway.
  • Keep candles and fireproof matches
  • Know CPR and keep a first aid manual handy
  • Have a drinking water testing kit and lead testing kit
  • Stay updated on the latest news and info from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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