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.

Written By Barbara Conover

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What do you wear in an emergency?

We never want to be stuck in an emergency or disaster but it could happen. If you were caught in an emergency and you have to walk any distance, have you given any thought to the shoes on your feet?  Every person in your close circle should have a decent pair of walking shoes. Something that is comfortable to wear and something that will be durable. You wouldn’t want to start walking in a pair of flip flops.

With your shoes you should also have a couple pairs of good socks.  One pair to wear and the other to change into in case the first pair gets wet. Get good quality socks, something that can breathe.

Also make sure you have worn your shoes many times so they are broke in before an emergency arises. Blisters are miserable, you don’t want blisters no matter what, in case you do get blisters have some moleskin in your emergency kit. It can save you so much agony in the long run.

Your feet can literally save your life, take good care of them. I know this is not a glamorous topic but it is one of the most important.

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Paracord Is Your Friend

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.

Written by Barbara Conover

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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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Have you thought about a get home bag?

We are all concerned with having the equipment we need when we need it. We spend a lot of time working and preparing our bug out bags. But what if you are at work and you need to get back home. What kind of plan do you have for that. I have a get home bag.  What if you are several miles from home and the power is shut down, or your car won’t start or a million other scenarios. Think about building a Get home bag.

Your get home bag doesn’t have to be elaborate but it does need to have some basic survival things in it. You will want to have some water, either bottled or the packages you can get. You need 1 gallon of water per day per person. You will want to have some kind of food in your bag, maybe some protection like a knife or whatever your choice is. In my bag i like to keep a good pair of shoes made for walking. You will also need to consider if your area has snow or is sunny all the time. That will dictate what kind of shoe you will need for your situation. You wouldn’t want to wear sandals for walking twenty miles in snow.

A few other things you might want in your bag, a small first aid kit with moleskin for blisters if you will be walking. A map of the local area, even if you know the area everything looks different outside of your car. Keep a list of emergency contact numbers in case you lose your phone. If you have to leave your car leave a note telling potential rescuers where you went.

I like to keep a lighter and a fire starter in my bag just in case. I also have an emergency blanket, a poncho and some paracord. If you have to stay in one spot you can use it to build shelter with.

The number one thing is don’t panic. Panic will get you hurt or worse. Keep a cool head and things should turn out fine. There is a lot more to this but you get the idea. If you have children in school you should have a plan in place for them also. Are they going to stay put, are you going to come to them or is someone else going to pick them up.

Think about all the what ifs before an emergency. We never know when or where something will happen so be prepared it could save your life or the life of someone you know.

Written by Barbara Conover