Great California ShakeOut reminds us all about earthquake preparedness
October 16 is the Great California ShakeOut!
People all over the state will practice their “drop, cover and hold on” technique and turn their minds to the many things that can be done to prepare for earthquakes.
:: Click here to learn more about “Drop, Cover and Hold On”
Here’s a list of 10 things we can all do to be prepared to survive – and thrive – during an earthquake.
1) Stock up on three day’s worth of food, water, clothing, medical supplies and pet food for each member of your household.
2) Decide when and where your family / household will gather if an earthquake happens when you’re away from home.
3) Choose a person outside the immediate area to contact if family members are separated. Long-distance service will probably be restored more quickly than local service.
4) Locate the shutoff valves for water, gas and electricity. Learn how to shut off the valves before a quake. If you have any questions, call your utility company.
5) Conduct Earthquake: Drop, Cover & Hold On drills every six months with your family. See above for more.
Be a do-gooder and help a single mom or senior citizen in your neighborhood create an earthquake survival kit and safety plan!
6) Make copies of vital records and keep them in a safe deposit box in another city or state. Make sure originals are stored safely.
7) Know the policies of the school or daycare center your children attend. Make plans to have someone pick them up if you are unable to get them.
8) It’s difficult to move from one room to another during an earthquake so find the safest spot in each room of your home. And, etablish all the possible ways to exit your house. Keep those areas clear.
9) Keep extra cash and change. If electricity is out, you will not be able to use an ATM.
10) Contact The Salvation Army in your community to find our more about how to prepare for disasters of all kinds!