Earthquakes are unpredictable and have caused severe damage all across the world. Learn how to keep your family safe with these 7 tips.
In my opinion, earthquakes are the scariest natural disaster. The reason for this is because they happen so suddenly and so unpredictably.
That is why it is very important to have an earthquake survival kit and plan ready and available in case an earthquake hits.
Earthquakes have caused severe damage all across the world. These earthquakes can be mild or be very severe. This is measured by magnitude. The higher the magnitude the more severe they are.
Often times, after an earthquake hits, there will be aftershocks. Bigger earthquakes have more and larger aftershocks. These aftershocks can start anytime after the main earthquake and could start even days after the main earthquake. Each aftershock should be a lesser magnitude.
Also it’s important to mention that many people think that earthquakes will only happen in the western parts of the United States, but that is not the truth. They can happen ANYWHERE!
Again with the many earthquakes that happen every year, now is the time to review your simple earthquake survival plan. But just having the gear isn’t the only thing you need to know to survive an earthquake.
Other than having a home earthquake survival kit ready and stocked, here are a few tips to know in case you ever have to experience an earthquake one day:
7 Tips To Help You Survive
One – Move inland and away from the ocean – Sometimes earthquakes can trigger a tsunami with little or no warning beforehand. Seismic activity causes disruptions on the ocean floor which can produce gigantic waves that travel outward in all directions.
If you find yourself near the beach during an earthquake, you’ll want to move away from the water after the shaking stops. If you observe the tide receding from the shore, that is often a sign of an approaching tsunami.
Two – Keep your home maintained – Simple problems can cause major problems after an earthquake. A small crack in a chimney can cause a total collapse after an earthquake.
Routine maintenance and repair of foundation cracks should be part of your earthquake survival plan. Also, keep a routine check both fire alarm’s and carbon monoxide detector’s batteries as earthquakes can cause fires and gas leaks.
Three – Make sure your water heater is properly secured – If its not properly secured, it can cause a gas leak if it is a gas water heater or water line leaks or electrical wiring issues if it falls over. Most hardware stores sell water heater securing straps for a reasonable price.
Four – Have a water and food supplies on hand – It is important that you have a 72 hour supply of non perishable food and water for each person in your family. (I recommend Legacy food buckets. Their food is actually really good, even with the pickiest eaters!) Also, remember to have a manual can opener if you are using can food.
Five – Have a car earthquake kit in your car – Earthquakes can cause a lot of damage in a very short amount of time. Roads may have damage and you could find yourself stranded there. So it’s very important to have a well stocked bug out bag with you.
Make you have all the necessities such as a portable water filter or water pouches, food bars, a flashlight, a way to make a fire and an emergency blanket. Here is a full list of items you need to have in a emergency kit.
Six – Learn the drop, cover, and hold method – The American Red Cross suggests that during a earthquake to use this method for the safest way to protect yourself. First you drop yourself under a sturdy desk or table, cover your head and eyes with your hands and hold yourself in place until the tremors end.
Seven – Don’t forget about aftershocks – After shocks are milder tremors that occur after an earthquake. Don’t rush outside after an earthquake is over. That could be dangerous as tremors could start again.
Go over with your children and family your plans on what you should do if an earthquake were to hit. Go over what to do if you are all at different places where you would meet to find each other. Also make sure your children know the drop, cover and hold method.
Also NEVER light a candle in your home after an earthquake in case of a gas leak. Use battery powered, solar, or rechargeable lights or lanterns for lighting until you can determine their is no gas leak.
I cannot stress it enough that earthquakes are very unpredictable, but if you are prepared, have a plan, and know what to do, you can keep your family safe through these terrifying tremors.