How to prepare for an earthquake

How to prepare for an earthquake

Earthquake safety is not just limited to the West Coast anymore. With the earthquake in Washington DC which rocked buildings as far as Ohio, everyone needs to be prepared for this occurrence on their property. Having emergency preparedness protocols in place is not just a good idea, it is essential especially if a bigger earthquake happens and buildings are damaged. Taking care of family is important and during an earthquake this becomes an issue. Having 911 or the local emergency number on tap is the first thing everyone should do. Having basic first aid training is an important step in readiness in case of emergency.

Earthquake safety begins with having basic medical supplies in easy access. This includes bandages, multiple gauze dressings, antibacterial cream, a CPR barrier mask, multiple splints, sterile water, paramedic scissors, and dressings for burns. Look online for a fully comprehensive list of materials for a first aid kit. This kit should be able to manage major or minor injuries. In an emergency, time is essential and paramedics might be caught up in other areas with traffic jams or other emergency situations. Being able to take care of injured people before the paramedics arrive might be able to save life and/or limb.

Having a utility shut off tool is an often overlooked aspect of earthquake safety. Being able to turn off gas and water is a big part of saving lives. If gas is leaking somewhere and comes in contact with a random spark, an explosion can result. If gas can be smelled it may be too late. Most utility shut off tools will be nonmetal to avoid sparking. Turning off the water can stop any biohazard chemicals from being washed into the ground water. Having a fire extinguisher can help put out a fire that may happen. A dry chemical extinguisher is the basic tool. It will extinguish ordinary combustibles, flammable liquids and electrical fires. There should be an extinguisher in the home and the car. Check the gauge for pressure once every six months.

Having water ready for use is an effective earthquake safety tip for surviving if there is a critical disaster which cuts off sources of water. There should be a gallon of water per person for seven to fourteen days of drinking and cleanup. Keeping water purification tablets handy is another good idea. Most tablets can treat about a quart of water each.

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