Can you use some tips on how to be ready for the next earthquake? If you live in areas that you know will have an earthquake sooner than later, please listen up. Mark and I went with some friends yesterday to a park with our lunch to enjoy the beautiful weather here in Southern Utah. The sun was shining, the leaves on the trees were absolutely beautiful. We could see others enjoying their lunch at adjoining tables.
Then we received a text from our daughter in Southern California that her apartment was swaying from a 6.6 earthquake. It was later adjusted to a 6.4 earthquake. They are still having aftershocks, and now there is a 90% chance another one will be much higher. Mother Nature will let us know very soon.
After lunch, we headed home and I called my daughter. As a prepper, I asked her a few things that any mother would ask. Do you have water? Do you have food storage? Is your car full of gas? You may remember I gave all of our daughters a very practical gift for Christmas. I had four cases of BlueCan Water shipped to all of them. The least expensive place to purchase them is from a company called BROWNELLS. Please sign up for their email and watch for discounts and FREE SHIPPING.
Get Ready For The Next Earthquake
Before The Next Earthquake
- Store water-4 gallons per person per day: Water Storage Ideas
- Have food storage-use my chart to get started: Where Do I Start
- Keep up on laundry-you may lose power for days, weeks, or more.
- Organize your 72-hour kit-store it where you will grab it if evacuated.
- Keep your gas tank at least 3/4 full, I use to say 1/2 full, not anymore.
- Stock paper products for eating, you’ll use less water.
- Personal hygiene, toilet paper, menstrual supplies if needed, diapers, toothpaste, and toothbrushes, razors, hand soap, deodorant, and shampoo.
- Get at least 2 can openers.
- If you have a way to cook your food, that’s awesome: Butane Stove
- Secure any items on walls or furniture that may fall and injure you.
- Have several flashlights ready with extra batteries.
- If the sewer lines are severed, I hope you have an emergency toilet.
- Store bleach, soap, and lots of hand sanitizer.
- Have an emergency kit for your pets, a bag with water and food dishes, vaccination information, crate, food, doggy poop bags, leash, harness, and a blanket.
- Please keep your phone charged and have a way to charge it with solar if we lose power.
- Get a good radio with NOAA information.
- Please register with your county REVERSE 911 notification so you will hear about disaster or emergencies in your location. You will receive a text ASAP when issued.
During The Next Earthquake
- If you’re in your car, pull over and park your car away from trees, buildings, overpasses, and electrical wires.
- If you are in bed, stay there, cover your head and neck with pillows.
- Please stay away from your door frames.
- Drop, cover your cover head and neck (I remember doing is in school).
- If you are outside, stay in place and hopefully, you can return to your home if it’s structurally safe.
- Please check on your neighbors, there may be some who need help.
- Watch for fires, gas line breaks, broken glass, and fallen electrical wires.
After The Next Earthquake
- Go inland if possible to avoid a possible tsunami.
- Do not enter damaged buildings.
- Have a list of phone numbers of people you may want to contact.
- If you are trapped, scream, or bang objects to get someone’s attention.
- Once you determine you are safe, use gloves, long sleeves, and pants and sturdy shoes with good socks to check on your home or neighborhood.
- If your emergency radio works, listen to the information to learn the worst scenario areas near you.
- Check on neighbors who may need help.
- Watch for looting and be prepared to protect your valuables.
We sometimes think something happens to others but maybe not to us. I encourage you to think again, we must be prepared for whatever comes our way. We must be prepared to take care of ourselves if that next earthquake hits our neighborhood. It may be a hurricane, a fire, a flood, it doesn’t matter, we are responsible to take care of our family. Please do not think the government or your local city or county leaders will deliver food and water to you after a disaster, it’s not going to happen, I can promise you that. May God bless this world, Linda