Saturday, January 16, 2010

Earthquake 101: Getting Prepared

In light of what has happened at Haiti, we can all see how devastating an earthquake can be. You may be asking yourself, "How do I get prepared for a quake if I don't know that it's coming? There are some steps that you can take to make your home a little safer in the event that a quake occurs.
First, secure all high heavy furniture to a wall; be sure that it is secured into a stud in the wall. If it's not secured into a stud it will topple over. Ensure that heavy furniture is not in a position where it could fall onto a bed. If a quake occurs while you are in bed, you do not want your bookcase falling on you. Secure all heavy pictures into a stud, and do not hang them above beds, couches, or anyplace else that someone may be sitting. Check and repair deep cracks in ceilings, chimneys, and foundations. This is especially vital after a quake. If you see and damage that you are unable to repair, consult a professional. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Ensure that you have no gas leaks in or around your home. Secure all flammable materials. Tightly secure your water heater.

Have at least two weeks worth of survivalist food. Ensure that everything is properly stored. Remember that survival food storage is very important.

Have your disaster plan in place. Know where to meet your family, and set up an out of town contact. Have your bug out bags packed and ready to grab should the need arise. Run drills with your family at least twice a year. This will ensure that everyone know what to do/

Coming Soon: Earthquake 101: During the Quake

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