We’ve been rockin’ and rollin’ here in So Cal over the last few days. Here’s our go-to list of resources to help you prepare for an earthquake.
We both grew up in Southern California and have lived through several big earthquakes. Thankfully, never near the epicenter but experiencing an earthquake can be quite frightening. Over the last few days, Southern California has been hit with two sizable earthquakes that have made us realize we are not prepared for the big one. We’ve put together a list of resources on how to prepare for an earthquake and hope that you’ll join us.
I was in a restaurant during Friday night’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake. When it happens, you always start looking around to see if anyone else is reacting. What did I do? Nothing. I sat there and rode it out. Smart? Probably not. I totally disregarded all the earthquake preparation most Southern Californian kids receive growing up.
What You Should Do Before an Earthquake?
It’s all about preparation. At the very least, every home should be equipped with a fire extinguisher, first-aid kit, battery powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries.
Fire can be the most destructive after an earthquake. It’s imperative that you know how to turn off the gas.
Avoid displaying heavy objects on shelves and anchor any large furniture.
I really like this manageable 8-week challenge from Bowl of Lemons on how to prepare for an emergency. It’s not specific to earthquakes but any emergency. It covers everything from storage, basic needs, first-aid, emergency contacts and cash, supplies, pet and hygiene care and comfort.
Create an emergency plan with your family. We like this step-by-step plan from Ready.gov.
What to do when an Earthquake starts?
Let’s assume you are in your home during an earthquake. From shakeout.org, you should Drop, Cover and Hold On. It’s important to stay low and cover your neck and head. If you are in bed, you should stay there and cover your head. However, if you are laying under a light fixture or near a window, you should take cover under a table or corner away from a window.
You should NEVER stand in a doorway. It’s been proven not to be the sturdiest structure in homes. Instead, get under a table or desk.
Do NOT follow the “triangle of life” method which suggests you should drop next to a table instead of underneath it. The “triangle of life” method has been proven inaccurate and dangerous by experts.
Things to Do After an Earthquake
First and foremost, check yourself and others for injuries. Also see this extensive check list for what else to do following an earthquake.
As much as we joke that we’d rather experience an earthquake over a tornado, earthquakes are no laughing matter and preparation is key to surviving this natural disaster.
Now tell us, who is joining us in preparing our homes in case of a major earthquake?