Those of us living in California are constantly aware of the possibility of an earthquake which could at any moment create damage and dangerous conditions.
If we aren't prepared, the next earthquake may cause greater personal stress and damage than necessary.
PREPARE YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY NOW!
1. DO you have an earthquake survival kit on hand?
2. DO know how to turn off gas, water and electricity. All family members
3. DO plan family emergency procedures and plans for reuniting your family.
4. DO know emergency telephone numbers (doctor, hospital, police, etc.)
5. DO anchor heavy objects to walls (bookshelves, wall units, cupboards, etc.)
6. DON'T place heavy objects over bed.
DURING AN EARTHQUAKE - STAY CALM
Inside: Stand in doorway or crouch under a desk of table, away from windows or glass dividers.
Outside: Stand away from buildings, trees, telephone and electric lines
On the Road: Stand away from underpasses/overpasses; stop in safe area; stay in vehicle.
Check for injuries: Provide first aid.
Check for safety: Check for gas, water, sewage breaks, check for downed electric lines and shorts; turn off appropriate utilities; check for building damage and potential problems during aftershocks.
Clean up: Dangerous spills
Wear shoes: Be careful of broken glass
Turn on radio: Listen for instructions from public safety agencies
Avoid using telephone: Except for emergency use
EARTHQUAKE SURVIVAL LIST (home)
Your emergency supplies should be adequate for at least 72 hours (3 days)
A 10-day supply of water and medicine is recommended
Water - 2 quarts to 1 gallon per person per day
First Aid Kit - ample and freshly stocked
First Aid book - know how to use it
Food - canned or individually packaged - pre-cooked
And/or requiring minimum heat and water
Consider infants, pets and other special dietary requirements
Blankets or sleeping bag for each member of family
Radio - portable battery operated; spare batteries
Critical medication and eyeglasses, as required
Fire extinguisher - dry chemical type ABC
Flashlight - fresh; spare batteries and bulb
Watch or clock, battery or spring-wound
Large plastic trash bags - for trash, waste, water protection, ground cloth
Large trash cans
Toothpaste and toothbrush
Powered chlorinated lime - add to sewage
to disinfect and keep away insects
Newspapers to wrap garbage and waste;
can also be used for warmth
Barbecue - charcoal and lighter or Sterno stove (use outdoors only)
Plastic bags - various sizes, sealable
Pots - at least 2
Plastic knives, forks and spoons
Heavy shoes for every family member
Heavy gloves for every person clearing debris
Matches - dipped in wax and kept in waterproof container
Clothes - complete change kept dry
Knife - sharp or razor blades
Garden hose - for siphoning and fire fighting
MINI SURVIVAL KIT (auto)
Non-perishable food - store in empty coffee cans
First Aid Kit
Sealable plastic bags
Flashlight - fresh spare batteries and bulb
Tools - screwdriver, pliers, wire, knife
Short rubber hose, for siphoning
Crescent wrench - for turning off gas main
Coil of ½" rope; coil of baling wire
Pen and paper