Prepare for an Earthquake before it’s too late

Earthquakes and preparing for them is a topic most people do not want to think about until it is too late.  The following list should be used as a guideline to help you prepare for an earthquake; getting your earthquake supplies compiled for home, office and car.

Consult your telephone directory white pages for more complete instructions on how to use the items.  Additionally, there is a great website, www.72Hours.org which has a downloadable checklist in pdf format.

  • Flashlights and a portable radio, extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit and handbook
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • An adjustable wrench and pipe wrench for switching off gas and water if necessary.
  • Hammer, screws, pliers, knife or razor blade
  • Food (canned and dry) and bottled water (1 gallon/day per person) sufficient for one week for each member of the household. Rotate food periodically.
  • Don’t forget food for your pets !
  • Alternate means for cooking and preparing the food.
  • Bleach for disinfection of water. Even if tap water is working, it may be contaminated and not safe to drink without treating or boiling.
  • Mechanical can opener
  • Disposable plates and utensils
  • Large trash bags
  • Medication and eye glasses as necessary-rotate medicine.
  • Emergency telephone numbers
  • Blankets, Warm Clothing, Sturdy Shoes
  • Cash-ATMs and credit cards will not be useable.
  • Create a disaster plan for reuniting the members of the household; have a family contact where everyone will check in and a meeting place if possible.