Almost Perfect

California U.S. MapCredit: Introspective Pics.California has long been a popular destination for vacationers seeking the beauty of the Pacific Ocean, the majestic mountains, and the near perfect weather.   There is something for everyone in California, from the Golden Gate Bridge to Hollywood and Vine and beyond.  Perhaps you’ve thought about visiting the Golden State, it's almost perfect!

I said, almost because there is one fact about California that you will not find in the tourist guides, the earthquakes.  As a native Californian, I've lived through my share of earthquakes. I’ve learned to be prepared; the first few days following an earthquake are crucial and can be extremely difficult.

Being prepared for an earthquake is just as crucial as surviving the quake.  You may not have access to electricity and gas, or the ability to purchase food or water for a few hours to a few days, or longer!

Scientists have not found a way to predict with accuracy when and where an earthquake will occur, and therefore everyone must be prepared!  Here are seven tips to help you prepare for an earthquake or other natural disasters.

Preparing for an Earthquake: 7 Tips

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Food

Have a minimum three-day supply of nonperishable foods.  Keep canned and dehydrated meals, along with dried cereals, dried fruits and powdered milk.  Once a year, check the expiration dates and replace as necessary.  Remember to store food for infants and others with special dietary needs.  Keep a manual can opener with your canned food.

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Water

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Keep a minimum of 3 gallons per person in airtight containers.

First Aid

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Have a well-stocked first-aid kit.

Flashlights

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Keep a flashlight and spare batteries in your nightstand. Keep other flashlights throughout your home and garage.

Electronics

Radio
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Have a battery-operated radio or TV and a car-based charger for your cell phone.

Fire Extinguishers

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Make sure you have a fire extinguisher that can be used to put out any small fires.  Class A Fire Extinguisher: Puts out fires in ordinary combustibles, such as wood and paper.  Class B Fire Extinguisher: Should be used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline, oil, etc.  Class C Fire Extinguisher: Can be used on electrically energized fires.

Miscellaneous

  • Gloves (with leather palms)
  • Waterproof Poncho
  • Duct Tape
  • Tool Kit
  • Dust Mask
  • Pocketknife
  • Cash

Hopefully, you will never have to use these items.  However, in the event that you do experience an earthquake or other natural disaster, you will have the essentials to help you and your family get through those crucial first few days that follow.  Be prepared!

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