Depending on where you live, earthquakes are a daily occurrence, and sometimes they are so small that they go unnoticed. But in places where earthquakes are common, there is always the possibility that the next quake could be "The Big One." While we certainly can't stop the forces of nature, there are things that we can do in the way of preparedness to help lessen the impact of a decent-sized quake. As for huge quakes, alas we can only hang on and hope to survive the ride.
Look on the bright side:
- Well, it's a good thing you kept putting off that household project...now with all the renovations you'll need, it's good to have the extra cash. And see? Sometimes procrastination is a good thing.
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Tips from the trenches:
- If you're inside, stay there and make sure to turn off the stove. If you're in your car, pull over and stay put.
- If you're outdoors, move away from power lines and find an open area where there is nothing likely to fall on your head.
- Anchor heavy things like bookcases and large appliances.
- Have a family meeting and agree on the steps you will all take in the case of an emergency. Have a drill and practice your assigned tasks.
- When indoors, avoid windows, mirrors, and hanging things in general. Go under a desk or stand against a strong interior wall.
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Survival kit contents:(replenish as often as needed)
- "The Big One" The Next Great California Earthquake: Why, ...
- Are You Ready: A Guide to Citizen Preparedness
- When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive Whe...
- Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family
- See more
- Are You Ready? Family Emergency Preparedness and Safety F...
- Earthquake (DVD)
- Disaster Films Collector Set (6-DVD Pack)
- Bill Haley & His Comets - Shake, Rattle And Roll - MP3
- The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter - MP3