Answers to your Earthquake Preparedness Questions
Let me tell you today, with two Earthquakes, one in California and one near Haida Gwaii in British Columbia, it sure has people talking about earthquakes. What does this mean? Will there be another earthquake? And then the reality really sets in. I am not prepared, my family and pets are not prepared to survive an Earthquake……………. What do we do, what supplies do we need, what about my pets, how will I get home if I am at work, the questions continue as the panic sets in?
Slow down, take a deep breath and focus on what you, your family and pets will need to better survive an Earthquake. Preparing for an earthquake is not difficult – it just requires some thought.
Connecting with your Family
Establish how your family with connect if you are not together when the earthquake strikes. Your number 1 concern will always be your family, where are they, how are they, have they been injured?
Once you know your family is OK you will feel a lot better. But, how do you connect. We know that cell phones will likely not work after an earthquake, towers may be down, phones could be overloaded, our battery could be dead, there can be a number of reasons you won’t have access to your phone.
Sit down with your family and come up with ideas that can help you connect after an earthquake, a Family Meeting Place – a location where you and your family will meet if you can’t meet at home, if you work close together it could be near your work area. Facebook or other social media may be an option. Brainstorm a number of ways you can do this and make sure your family is familiar with the process. Make sure you have a number of options to connect and the chances of connecting with each other significantly increases.
There are a number of Earthquake Supply lists available, I have preparedness resources on my website. You can take these lists of supplies, search your home, cross of the supplies you have and go and purchase what you need. There are also a number of locations where you can purchase ready made kits – these will work well.
The 2 kits you will definitely need are a Grab and Go Kit – for when you have to evacuate your home in a hurry and your home kit full of supplies for you, your family and pets to Stay and Survive at home. There are a number of other kits you need to consider based on your situation – check my blog I have covered these off in previous posts.
Don’t forget your medications – you don’t want to be without meds after an earthquake. Make sure to talk to your family Dr or pharmacist before storing any meds, as you don’t want to improperly store meds.
Drop, Cover & Hold On – This could save your life
Most injuries in an earthquake happen from people doing the wrong thing. Make sure you practice Drop, Cover and Hold On. This needs to become second nature to all of us.
In addition, make your home safe – once the ground starts moving this is when items will be flying across the room, furniture will be tumbling over causing serious injury to your family and pets. You would never forgive yourself if a bookcase tumbled over and injured your kids or pets simply because it was never secured. Again, there are a lists of steps to take to prepare your home.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to getting you, your family and pets prepared for earthquakes or any disaster you may be faced with. But we need to start somewhere, and this is as good as place as any to start.
Would love to hear your comments about how the 2 earthquakes impacted you and your family or what questions you have about getting prepared for earthquakes.
Have questions – don’t hesitate to ask. Until next time – Stay safe and make sure you, your family and pets are prepared for earthquakes or any disaster that may come your way.
Contact Jackie to speak at your next group or business event to help you, your family, your staff and pets get prepared for earthquakes or whatever disaster comes your way. Jackie will lead you through the necessary steps helping you identify what is important to you and your family or business.
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