Earthquake Preparation: Are You Ready?

Disaster Kit

Place all supplies in a container. Store kit in a convenient location. All family members should know where it is stored. It is great to keep a first aid kit in your car as well. Change your stored water and food supply every 6 months. Replace batteries and clothes once a year.

Family Disaster Plan

Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disaster and what you would do in the event of an earthquake, fire, flood, war, etc.
Pick 2 places to meet. One should be outside your home in case of a sudden emergency and the other should be outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home. Everyone should know the address and phone number.
Choose an out of state friend or family member to be your “”family contact””. Everyone should have the phone number.
Discuss what to do in an evacuation. Have a plan for your pets.

Other:
Post emergency numbers by phones. Teach children how and when to call 911 for help.
Show family members how to turn off water, gas and electricity.
It is good to take a CPR and First Aid course.
Make sure you have smoke detectors throughout your house. Replace the batteries.
Determine the best escape routes from your home. Find the safest spots in your home for each type of disaster.
Post a note on your door telling others when you left and where you are going if you evacuate your home.

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