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Earthquake Survival Tips

Road Damaged By an Earthquake

So you are doing your usual. You wake up, feed your dog, fix yourself some coffee, and read the newspaper. What you would call a “day in the life of you” sort of thing.

All of a sudden, your coffee cup starts to shake like maracas at a salsa concert. Pictures are skydiving to the floor and your poor dog does not know what to do.

A Big One Hits!

Shaking Coffee CupThese can be very frightening and something that cannot really be predicted. Scientists have been studying for years attempting to do so but it can’t be predicted by weather.

Although things could get bad, you could always learn a few things to prepare yourself before an earthquake. Allow me to go through a few things so that the next time your area starts to shake like a cellphone on vibrate you will be ready.

All of a sudden, your coffee cup starts to shake like maracas at a salsa concert.

Gather Supplies

Remember we learned that food, water, and shelter are the most necessary foundations to live, right? Well, it is important that you make sure to have access to those things immediately. The reason being, you really don’t know just how severe things may get.

Emergency kits are easy to purchase online and come with more essentials than you would hope for. Things like food for 72 hours, first-aid kits, rechargeable flashlights all come standard. They take away many worries during an emergency situation you would likely forget or spend essential time gathering. Below is a 4 person Earthquake Evacuation and Emergency Kit. These types of kits are simple to prepare on your own, but if you would like one pre-made for you then click the image to use the link to where you can order one to be shipped directly to you.

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Earthquakes are similar to rain. Sometimes, it is a storm or it may be a drizzle. Prepare for the worst and you won’t have to worry. Here are some tips:

Gather Water: Keep water stored in plastic bottles. A three day supply of water would probably be the minimum. Water is essential because going too many days without it could be bad for you.

Gather Food: You need canned goods. They last for a long time and most of the time they are already fully cooked. There would be no need for you to have to find fire.

The food should consist of various food groups. Fruits, vegetables, and meats are all essential because it helps to keep you balanced.

Think about actual health when you consider your food selection. You need a good balance of proteins, carbohydrates, and sugars. If you have family members that have special diets, maybe they can only eat gluten-free for example, be sure to accommodate for them as well. This also includes medicine that individuals need to take. Asthma inhalers and things of that nature should be stored.

Insider’s Food Tip – Don’t Forget to Keep a Can Opener!

As far as shelter, well, my best advice is to find a place in your city that has a place for disasters, or if there are relatives that could help contact them. Hopefully the earthquake is not so severe that you would have to leave your home, but it is always better to be safe than sorry!

Can Opener

A First-Aid Kit Will Be Important

On a daily basis, individuals bump and bruise themselves, but in this particular situation it is pretty much out of your hands. If glass cuts you from anything falling, you need to be able to tend to that wound as soon as possible.

Whatever first aid kit you acquire, whether it is homemade or store bought, be sure that they include disinfectants, gauze, gloves, bandages, a thermometer, and anything else you could think of that may be handy.

You Need To Be Covered Up

The last thing you would like to happen is for everything to go wrong, but you have no other clothes. Be sure to pack for various weather conditions as well. Keep a light jacket and warm layers in an easy to access bag. Layers make it easy to remove or keep on what you need. Emergency mylar thermal blankets are cheap and easy to pickup and add to your kit. They come in handy in case severe cold strikes with goal of keeping heat in and cold out.

Think Outside of the Box

You may need tools, you may want to gather batteries, or you may have important documents that you may need to keep a hold of. It is important to consider all of these things.

What To Do During An Earthquake

The best advice I can give you on this is to think about what could harm you. Earthquakes shake items loose which causes them to fall. You should always cover yourself. Think of an umbrella, the rain drops are pictures and fans and a table or any other stable furniture is acting as that umbrella.

This link to provides great information on basic earthquake safety and what to do while the shaking is taking place. Basic steps like covering your head can prevent trauma to essential life sustaining organs.

Drop, Cover, and Hold On

You can never predict an earthquake so if you are in a car stay away from underpasses and bridges. If anything find a place that is safe, turn on your hazard lights, and remain where you are until the shaking stops.

Have a Plan

Earth and emergency plans should be established no matter where you live or what your conditions are. Knowing your exit routes, where your emergency kits are stored, and the best backup contact are all crucial. Plan the best way to acquire water and shelter in case your residence is affected by the earthquake. Unfortunately, you don’t always know who will be around or if someone might be injured. Having a plan allows anyone to lead your family to the best outcome whether young or old.

Have emergency contact sheets printed up and stored with your kit. Speak to relatives ahead of time to establish them as your emergency contact agreeing to how you might handle certain situations.

Being prepared is the most effective way to survive any disaster or emergency. I hope these tips have given you a better understanding of how to deal with earthquakes. I hope that you remain safe and that you educate others as well, especially children.

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