Natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and/or fires, can have disastrous and far reaching effects on our lives. Especially if we are not prepared!
Watching the news and seeing images of people who lost everything, their houses, cars, clothing, family heirlooms and photographs, in the aftermath of a natural disaster, has always made me think about how they were going to put their lives back together. While we can’t prevent or stop these events from happening, we can be prepared so that we can mitigate the damages.
Since we (at least most of the people getting this newsletter) live in California, earthquake territory, I put together a list of five important tips for how to be or how to get prepared for an earthquake. Hopefully this will provide information and motivate you to do something, anything, towards getting you and your loved ones ready, just in case…
1. Be Informed:
- Learn what to do before, during and after an earthquake.
- ready.gov is a great resource for emergency related information.
- Fema.gov has a great article entitled “How to Prepare for an Earthquake”. Here’s the link: http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1408632135401-3d0521fa59d0dd4016e82f08fe7f3732/PrepareAthon_EARTHQUAKES_HTG_FINAL_508.pdf
2. Be Proactive:
- Make sure to have an earthquake kit.
- Keep one in your car just in case you’re not home when an earthquake hits.
- Make sure the supplies are kept up to date.
- Medical supplies do expire and old food/water isn’t going to make things any easier when you need them for survival.
- Prepare an Emergency Kit that includes water, flashlights, batteries, and non-perishable food. For a full list of recommended supplies Click Here.
3. Take action:
- Put together a communications plan with other family members or friends NOW so you’ll have it when you need it. (notice I said when!)
- Figure out where to meet if you are not together.
- Agree on who to reach out to in another area to let others know you’re okay.
4. Be Smart:
- Make sure that you have all of your important documents together in one easily accessible place so that you can grab it and go in an emergency:
- This will help you be prepared so that you can recover your losses quickly: (ie, insurance policies, photos of valuables, emergency contact list).
5. Stay Safe:
- Make sure you know where the gas shut off valve is
- Make sure you know how to turn of the main water supply
- Don’t light candles (you’d be surprised and how many people don’t know that!)
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