Be Prepared for When an Earthquake Strikes

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Being prepared is half the battle in a state of emergency. There has recently been a new fault discovered near our city that could effect the people in Los Angeles all the way to San Diego. The last big earthquake was in 1857 and is known to hit every 100 years. The last time this disaster occurred, it was a 7.9 earthquake causing a significant amount of damage.  It runs from the San Diego Bay all the way through Los Angeles, and according to scientists, the fault is long over due to shift. In order to prepare for the big quake, or any earthquake for that matter, you must be prepared.

In order to take matters into your own hands, make sure you have a safety kit with non-perishable items. Make sure to have at least a gallon of water in your survival kit, and batteries for a radio so that you can stay in touch with updates and news.

It’s also important to be aware of your surroundings and know where to go if the earthquake strikes. If you’re indoors, stand under a doorway or get against the wall. Do not stand in the open where things could fall on you and trap you. If you happen to be outside, you will want to be in the open so that you can see if poles or trees will fall, and you won’t want to be near power lines or anything that could tumble on top of you.

In the end, the best thing you can do to prepare for an earthquake, is to prepare your escape plan, or overall plan that you will carry through. Some people may avoid making these plans because they don’t want to admit that they are scared that this could actually happen. Make sure you know where to go and how to evacuate properly so that you and your loved ones stay safe during the natural disaster.

You can also practice your escape plan, so that if the real event occurs, you will be proactive and know exactly what to do and where to go. Make sure everyone you live with, whether it be family or roommates, is on the same page. Another important thing that might come in handy is knowing CPR and having a first aid kit be a part of your emergency earthquake stash. Knowing CPR could save a loved ones life, and being prepared for injuries is the best way to make sure that they don’t happen.

Grasping the concept of an earthquake can be terrifying, but the best way to make sure you stay safe, is to have your safety kit and plan on how to evacuate and how to stay calm. If you have your plan well thought out, you will not have a sense of panic and will feel confident in your plan. Remember to make sure that your earthquake kit is always full and prepared, while also making sure that you will take matters of the earthquake into your own hands.

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