How ready can you be when an earthquake strikes?
No one is ever completely ready for an earthquake. But as we know by watching the news from around the world, one could happen at any time, especially here in California. And although one can never be totally prepared, having a few essentials squirreled away can give you some peace of mind and comfort should one strike.
Here is a list of the very basic items to have on hand.
Water – store one gallon per person per day, with at least a three-day supply. Store in plastic containers and change the water at least every six months.
Food –keep a supply of canned and packaged goods, fruit and some favorite treats.
Cash – ATMs may go down too. Keep some cash at home just in case.
First Aid Kit – make your own or buy one ready-made.
Tools and Supplies – including flashlights, batteries, manual can opener, paper, pen, etc.
Personal hygiene items – soap, sanitary products, vitamins, etc.
Clothing and Bedding
Important Documents – know where your passport is, make note of bank account and credit card numbers. Safeguard wills, family records, insurance policies, stocks and bonds.
For a detailed list of what to have in case of an emergency, see: http://www.sfgate.com/33498534734345/article/Make-your-own-earthquake-preparedness-kit-5410506.php?cmpid=email-tablet
So while we should not live in fear of an earthquake or other crisis, we can do a lot toward safeguarding our families by being as prepared as we can.