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The best way for any of us to survive an earthquake is to have a plan, be prepared, and make sure that everyone close to you is on the proverbial same page.
Create an emergency phone list and keep
it in your wallet. You may not be able to charge your cell phone to have
access to those numbers and you might not be at the same place as your
personal phone book or day runner when the emergency strikes. Make sure your
family has a copy of this list. People on this list should include at least
one (if not more) out of the area contacts. If phone lines are down in the
desert, having someone out of the area to call can keep you and yours in
touch until you can all get together. If you have small children, laminate
your list and put it in one of your child's shoes...make copies and put them
in every pair if you can.
Decide on a place to meet if a devastating earthquake strikes while everyone is at work and/or school. Sometimes "home" is not the best place.
We all learned in school to "duck & cover"
in an emergency, right? As an FYI, we've read a controversial article called
the Triangle of Life on how to survive an earthquake that totally junks that
theory. The author has been slammed on Snopes.com for it, but some of the
theories make sense to us. We aren't going to tell you what to do, we're
just sharing information we've gotten - you can and must make your own
decision about what to do.
Although gas is outrageously expensive, don't let your car get less than half full. If you have to leave the desert, you want to make sure you have enough gas to get where you're going. Gas pumps won't work if there's no power. If you are storing gas at home, put a fuel stabilizer in the can and fill it as full as possible - you want to avoid condensation.
Create a spot in your garage, next to
an exterior wall, where you can stockpile emergency supplies. Use tubs with
lids and stack it/them on the sturdiest metal rack you can afford. If walls
collapse, you won't have as much rubble to sift through to get to your
things & the rack should protect the tubs from being crushed.
Boxes that cat litter comes in make great outdoor storage bins for emergency tools & protective gear. Consider putting some garbage bags, old shoes (one pair for each person), pry bar, gas shut off tool, wrench or pliers & hammer, N95 dust masks, long life water packets, and work gloves in it and store it somewhere outside, away from your house. If everything falls down and you need to get to something that may be inside your house, you'll have the bare minimum to help you get to it.
Don't forget that you might be in your vehicle
when the big one hits. Make room for a small emergency kit and keep it in
your vehicle at all times. Basics in a car kit: Emergency Food Bars (have a
5 year shelf life), Long Term Water Packets (bags or boxed), BandAids/Gauze
and something to use as a sling or compression dressing (old clean t-shirt
works...use your knife to cut it up), neosporin type ointment, small sewing
kit, flashlight w/ extra batteries, N95 Dust Masks, large trash bags, water
purification bottle, envelope filled with small bills - as much as you can
afford to put aside), Swiss Army Knife, lighter, and a small amount of OTC
meds (allergy, ibuprofen, etc) and an Instant Cold Pack. And don't forget
any animals that may travel in your vehicle with you - have a small supply
of food & water for them too. Pack all of this in a small cooler.
Here's our list of "must haves" in our survival box:
Cash - in small denominations and as much as you can afford to put aside.
When electricity goes
kaputsky, so do ATM's, cash registers, etc.
If you have suggestions to add to this
list...email them to us and we'll post them here (giving you credit of