Before During and After an Earthquake

Before, During and After an Earthquake

Before an earthquake make sure you know a few safety things. Do you know where and how to shut off the gas or utilities? Have you went through your house and fastened down anything that could fall? For instance heavy pictures, book shelves, ceiling fans , mirrors, your television and cabinet. Even all the little knick knacks you have are they secured so they don’t become flying death traps. There is a ton of things to do before an earthquake, take the time and acquaint yourself with your home and its contents.

What do you do during an earthquake?

Stay put where you are if at all possible until the shaking stops. If you are in a spot where something could fall on you try to get as low as possible on the floor next to some low furniture.  Standing in a doorway is not a good idea either, you could get hit by flying or falling objects. Stay as low to the ground as possible, a table might be a good spot to be. Drop down to the ground on your own before the earthquake knocks you down.  Stay away from the windows, glass or outside doors and anything that could fall on you. If you are in bed stay put if possible. Hazards are hard to see sometimes. If you happen to be outside when an earthquake strikes get out in the open. Stay away from buildings, utility lines and anything that could harm you if it fell. If you are in a car stay off the roads if you can, bridges and roads may have been damaged in the earthquake. Try to move your car into an open area and stay put.

What do you do after an earthquake?

If you find yourself trapped under rubble try not to move around too much, you could kick up dust making it hard to breathe or you could dislodge something that could harm you.  If you have a cell phone check and see if it works. If it does call for help. Find a rock or piece of rubble to bang on a pipe or wall with so the rescue people can find and help you. 

If you are not trapped when the shaking stops carefully look around. If you have an easy path to get to safety leave the building and go to an open area. Be prepared to drop down on your hands and knees in case there is after shocks afterwards. Watch for downed power lines or trees that could have been damaged that could fall.

Contact your loved ones and make sure they are ok. You should have a plan in case of emergencies to contact each other. Sometimes you might have to call someone out of state because the phone lines locally don’t work. If that is the case make sure everyone knows who to call and what your plan is.

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Emergency Radio we all should have one.

You might be thinking why do I need a radio? Well what if the power goes out, or some other emergency happens. If you have a small radio you can listen to the lastest news if there is any to be had. You might get directions on where to meet others, or evacuation routes. The uses are endless. A small radio is something I would suggest having more than one of, also have extra batteries for it. Keep one in your house and car and keep a small one in your bug out bag in case you have to leave everything behind. You can get important weather updates, and warnings, information on areas to go to, or to avoid. It is a great safety item to have for you and your family. There are many radios on the market, choose one that is easy for you to use. I like this one, it will fit right in your pocket or you can wear it around your neck.

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I don’t know about you but I love Paracord. It has so many uses. It is light weight and really strong. Paracord that has 550 on it, means it has a breaking strength of 550lbs. If the paracord has 325 on it, that means it has a breaking strength of 325lbs.

Paracord was first used by soldiers in world war II. They figured out pretty quick that it was an amazing tool for so many things. It comes in a huge variety of pretty bright colors or dark camo type colors. Paracord is something every bug out bag should have.

Paracord comes normally in 50 or 100ft hanks, You can also get it in 30ft lengths or custom off the spool. It is an all around perfect tool to have. Paracord is a lightweight nylon rope. You can never have to much. Here are some things you can do with it.

You can bundle things together, make your pet a brightly colored leash that you could also use for emergency later if you needed to. You could tie up someone, hang your food in the trees to keep animals away, make small snares to catch food with.  Fix your shoelaces, secure your tent, a tarp or things to the outside of your backpack.  Make a clothes line to dry your clothes, You could also use it for first aid purposes, maybe make a splint, tourniquet or sling.

The list is endless, you are only limited by your own imagination. There are several good articles online to teach you how to use it. Get some today, experiment with it, learn how to use it. Keep some in your car or bug out emergency bag. The better prepared you are the better off you will be.

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Emergency Items You Might Want To Think About

We are all thinking about survival these days. We have made plans, built our bug out bags and prepared the best we can. One thing that people forget about when preparing is the every day things you might need to have with you.

Here is a list of things I think are pretty important to have in an emergency situation.

1. Prescription Medicine, if you can, have your doctor write you a script for extra medicine.

2. Don’t forget about your pets or other animals. If you are taking your pets with you, bring food and water for them also. If you have livestock that you must leave make sure to have a way to get them food and water. Either get a bigger water trough or put out more food for them.

3. If you have a baby, does it have special needs, do you have formula and diapers extra ready to go.

4. You might want to think about personal feminine hygiene supplies

5. Bring a paper and pen so you can write phone numbers or notes down for information.

6. Bring a sleeping bag for each person, if you live in a climate that is cold you need to consider your needs. If you live where it is warm maybe just a blanket will work. Look at your own situation and decide on what you will need.

7. If you have children bring some games or puzzles to keep their minds off of the situation. A little entertainment really goes a long ways. You know your children best, so decide what they would need.

8. Some kind of utensils or paper plates will come in handy.

9. My personal favorite bring some toilet paper. If things are bad, public restrooms will not have any of that kind of thing.

10. Matches in a water proof container, or some way to start a fire.

These are just a few things to think about that wouldn’t normally be thought about to put in your emergency kit. The better prepared you are, the easier the emergency will be for you and your family.

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Everyday Carry Kit, what is it, and should you have one?

We spend a lot of time thinking about preparing our kits, bug out bags, emergency supplies you name it. What if for some reason you couldn’t get to any of those things. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a few supplies with you at all times.

You could use a altoid can that fits into your pocket or something similar. You will need to think about where you live and what kind of gear would be useful. Since this is so small you will have to decide what the absolute most important things to have would be. Here are a few things I would put in my every day carry kit.

  • A tiny flashlight
  • A lighter or firestarter
  • Maybe a fishing hook with some string
  • A few first aid supplies, like bandaids, neosporin
  • Moist towelettes, Alcohol wipes, extra medication
  • Whistles are great if you get trapped and need to signal for help.
  • tweezers or a small pair of fold up scissors or knife.
  • I would also keep some money in it. Small bills
  • You will need to think about your own situation, what kind of disaster or emergency is likely to happen in your area.

Every persons needs will be different, so it would be very helpful if every person made their own kits, putting what they feel would work best for them in an emergency situation.

 

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What do you put in a bug out bag

First of all what is a bug out bag, this is a bag that you keep extra supplies in, in the event of a disaster or some kind of emergency. To determine what to put in the bag think about what kind of natural disaster is likely to happen in your area. Tornado,earthquake, flood, fire, hurricane, nuclear plant, you get the idea.  After you decide what you are going to prepare for then you can decide what to put in the bag.

I feel you should have a bug out bag for each person in your family or group. That way if you get separated each person still has some basic things to see them through the emergency. I also think you should keep a bag wherever you are going to be, like at work, in your car, at home, wherever you think you might spend a lot of time.

You will want enough food and water in your bag for at least 72 hours. Remember you need at least 1 gallon of water per person per day. Don’t forget your pets, they will need food and water also.  Inside your bag also put a list of phone numbers and emergency contacts. Have a person outside of your area that everyone can call and check in with in the event you do get separated.

Make sure the bag you choose is durable but not too noticable, a flashy bag might make someone want to take it from you. For water you can get the water in the small packages, make sure you have at least three or four a day per person and your pet.  For food get some MRE’s or something you can eat right out of the package without having to heat it up. For myself i would stash a candy bar or two also in case my sugar gets low.  Make sure you have a small first aid kit, nothing huge but something that you can still get some use out of. You will want a light, get a good one. LED is best but whatever you can do is ok too. You also might want to put some kind of protection in your bag, maybe a good knife or something like that. If you think your emergency might include some kind of hazard to breath or dust, put some masks in your bag.  You can also throw an emergency blanket, poncho, tarp, and other things inside the bag. Keep the weight in mind when you are putting your bag together. If you have to walk 20 miles a 20lb bag is pretty heavy.

This is just a starting point for you to build your own bug out bag. In the times we are living I highly encourage people to be able to take care of themselves. Those are the ones that will survive the emergency or disaster.

Written by Barbara Conover

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