While basic earthquake survival tips are a good starting point, it is important to be extremly thorough when putting togther an earthquake preparedness plan, and gathering survival preparedness supplies. It really is not a matter of if an earthquake will happen, it is only a matter of when. In places such as California earthquake risk is very high, the potential for severe infrastructure damage, and human loss of life is quite high in the event of a major quake. The following are some earthquake survival tips to help you start planning.
Earthquake Needs Assessment
If you look at where you are sitting right now, you can probabaly put togther a decent sized list of hazards that are nearby if there was an earthquake right now. Start your earthquake needs assessment by listing these hazards and any potential risks out for your family in your home, and places that your family frequents. (Work, school etc.) For example:
- Unsecured cabinets/appliances
- Do you have a key to shut off your gas if you smelled a leak?
- Are there pictures hanging above your bed?
The other part of this is process is figuring out exactly what you would need in order to get by for a minimum of 72 hours if there was no access to infrastructure, stores, pharmacies, etc. It is recommended that you have survival rations to get you through 72 hours at the minimum. I would recommend that you are prepared for a minimum of 5 days.
Some examples of some basic needs are:
- food/water (you should have a minimum of 72 hours of survival rations)
- health needs (do you have any prescriptions?)
- first aid (what if someone gets hurt?)hygiene items (will not brushing your teeth for more than a couple days drive you insane?)
- shelter (sleeping in the rain is not fun)
- warmth (brrrrrr....)
Earthquake Preparedness Plan
After most people put together their earthquake needs assessment the first thing they typically do is go and look for earthquake kits for sale or put togther random survival preparedness supplies. This is important, however it is critical to complete a comprehensive earthquake preparedness plan.
From your earthquake needs assessment you should be aware of potential risks and what you would need to get by in the event of a big quake, time to plan and prepare!
Some examples of things you would want to cover in your earthquake preparedness plan are:
- Securing hazards around places you frequent (cabinets appliances, etc)
- Getting survival preparedness supplies together (home, car, work, school, etc)
- What to do during an earthquake
- Meeting places after an earthquake
- Communication after an earthquake. (Do you have an out of state contact person?)
Survival Preparedness Supplies
There are two ways you can go about doing this, either you can build your own kit or you can look for earthquake kits for sale. Either way all that is important is having the right stuff in your kit to cover your need.
Here are some examples of things you can include in your earthquake emergency supplies:
- Survival rations
- Mylar blanket
- Multi Tool
- Light Sticks
- First Aid
- Hygiene Items
- Tarps/Tube Tents
- Duct Tape
- Windup radio
- Govt issue id
- Quarters for pay phones
- Card games
The size and detail of you kit will largly be determined by the space that you have to store it, and the budget that you are working with. Make sure that you store any survival preparedness supplies that you have in an area that is easily accesible.
I hope that you found these earthquake survival tips helpful and take away the fact that preparedness is important. Remember to pay attention to the details, and that these tips are only a starting point.