Sneakers/Boots earthquake app socks (There will be debris on the ground, and you might not otherwise have sturdy shoes at the ready. I shove the socks inside the shoes for space savings)
Battery/Crank/Solar radio + extra batteries (Terrestrial radio will be broadcasting emergency information, in LA during emergencies I use AM1070, AM640, and FM89.3)
Basic first aid kit (anything earthquake app with a Red Cross logo will do, you can also make this yourself)
12 inch Adjustable Wrench (You’ll need to shut off your gas line immediately after a quake because you probably have a gas leak. Even if you are renting an apartment, if you don’t want to deal with a gas fire in your building you need to know how to shut off your building’s gas line.)
Multi-tool (I prefer earthquake app Leatherman’s but Swiss army knives work too).
Digital camera + batteries (You’ll need to take photos of all quake damage for your insurance company. Yes, everyone has a camera on their phone now, but who knows what your phone battery will be like at the moment of a quake when the power goes out.)
At least one gallon earthquake app of water, per person (Your tap might not work for up to a couple of days)
Protein/granola bars (Hunger doesn’t help anything)
I don’t recommend buying a pre-made earthquake kit. Outside of first aid kits (which are usually comprehensive), kits are usually overpriced and understocked so I recommend making this earthquake kit yourself instead because it’s cheaper and more useful.
Also, the ritual itself of hand-preparing an earthquake kit will ensure you know what’s inside of it, and earthquake app hopefully give you a psychological feeling of calmed readiness.
Securing Your Home
Anchor the tops of bookcases, file cabinets and entertainment centres to one or more wall studs with flexible fasteners to prevent them from tipping over.
Secure china, collectables, trophies and other shelf items with museum putty.
Install a lip or blocking device to prevent books or other articles from falling off shelves.
Secure televisions, computers and stereos with buckles and safety straps that also allow easy removal and earthquake app relocation.
Install latches on cabinet doors to prevent them from opening and spilling out their contents.
Hang mirrors, pictures and plants using closed hooks to prevent items from falling.
What to do when the shaking starts:
Stop everything you’re doing immediately and take cover by crouching low and clasping your hands earthquake app together behind your neck to protect your vertebrae. In order of most safe to least safe, here are places where you can take cover:
In a door frame
The “triangle” of space along the long side of a bed or couch
Under a sturdy table
Don’t run outside, it’s less safe due to power lines and other hazards. Stay under cover until the shaking completely stops. This may last several minutes, but probably will only earthquake app be a few seconds. You should expect things to fall over if they are not secured in advance. This includes TV’s, computers, lighting, and anything on table tops, shelves, or unsecured cabinets.
What to do immediately after the shaking stops:
Remember, when earthquakes happen, a very important timeline immediately begins. Aftershocks (smaller, secondary earthquakes) are coming, and the good news is, this time they won’t take you by surprise. You want to do the following items, in this order, the moment everything stops shaking from the initial quake.
Put shoes and pants on, there will be broken debris around you.
Access your emergency kit.
Confirm the well-being and safety of everyone in your house, including pets. Everyone will be in earthquake app “high adrenaline” mode so injuries may not be obvious at first. Do a head count, and quickly confirm no one is injured or trapped.
Use your 12 inches Adjustable Wrench to turn off your gas line.
It’s very likely that phone service and electricity (let alone the internet) will be down for at least a few hours. If you do have a connection, use social media and text messaging, not phone calls, to earthquake app confirm that you are “ok”. Phone lines will be jammed with emergency calls, so it’s important to keep phone lines clear while also informing your people of your status.
Turn on your radio to monitor emergency broadcasts, and if you still have a mobile internet connection, check Twitter for #earthquake and related hashtags.
Safely take photos of all earthquake damage for your insurance company.
Check on your neighbours.
Start cleaning up. Begin by earthquake app cleaning the broken glass on the floor, and then throw away as much debris as possible. Your kitchen will be the biggest mess.