|Creating an Earthquake Preparedness Plan
Remember, during an Earthquake, things like electricity, water and gas may be partially or totally disrupted.
Earthquake survival depends on knowing what to do before, during and after a quake. Developing a personalized earthquake preparedness checklist must cover each of these in detail. Of course, the most important aspect of any earthquake survival plan is thesafety of your family.
Have a system in place so that each person knows how to protect him or herself during a quake, no matter where they are when it strikes. Prepare a meeting place if the quake occurs during the day and your family is scattered at school, work or running errands. Know what the earthquake preparedness plans are at the kids’ schools and at your work. Cell phones may not work, so be familiar with your family earthquake gathering point and how to get there.
Earthquake Preparedness Food
The widespread damage caused by an earthquake presents special problems that must be considered when completing an earthquake preparedness checklist for food supplies. Municipal water, gas and electricity may all be cut off during an earthquake.
Unless you have prepared for an alternative method of providing fuel and water for your home, earthquake preparedness food should include plenty of ready to eat foods. Canned goods that don’t require cooking such as Freeze Dried foods, dried fruit and nuts and other high-nutrient provisions makeexcellent earthquake food.
During a disaster, elevated levels of stress and rigorous physical activity boost the body’s requirements for calories and nutrients. Choose earthquake food supplies that meet or exceed normal daily dietary requirements. Don’t forget to have some comfort foods available, especially for the children. Also, be sure to include your pets’ needs when assembling earthquake survival supplies.
Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs) are a favorite choice for earthquake preparedness food storage in the home. Both military and civilian MREs are designed to meet adult dietary requirements. They are truly ready to eat, requiring no cooking, rehydrating or other processing. Just open the sealed pouches and eat. The meals come complete with drinks, a spoon and dessert. Some MREs come with a heater that is entirely safe to use during an earthquake. MREs have less of a shelf life than Freeze Dried or dehydrated foods.. Storing them at lower temperatures extends their shelf life.
Freeze Dried and dehydrated foods have long storage lives, are lightweight and easy to store. Specialty survival foods with shelf lives in the decades make great additions to your earthquake food list. Keep a wide variety of Freeze Dried and dehydrated foods on hand for balanced nutrition and to avoid the monotony of eating sardines or peanut butter day after day.
Earthquake food supplies should be kept in earthquake safe storage areas with latched doors. Conventional and survival canned foods and heavy stored water are best kept on the lowest shelves. Never store food or water supplies directly on concrete or against concrete walls due to moisture and possible chemical contamination. For the same reason, keep bulk foods only in containers designed for food storage. A minimum of enough earthquake preparedness food to last your family for 2 weeks should be stored. Many earthquake preparedness plans call for a 30 day supply of earthquake survival food.
Rotating food supplies ensure that earthquake food supplies are always fresh. Storing food based on shelf life helps make this task easier. There little need to routinely rotate food with a shelf life of 10 years. Canned and dried foods from the grocery store have much shorter shelf lives and should be rotated several times each year. Simply use foods with upcoming expiration dates and replace them with new food placed at the back of the shelf. Keeping an organized earthquake food list assists you in knowing which provisions need replacement. Need help keeping organized? Freeze Dry Guy has emergency preparedness experts to help you manage your emergency food supply. We provide this service entirely FREE, with no obligation.
|Earthquake Survival Supplies in the Home
While ensuring your family’s personal preparedness plans are solid, start preparing earthquake survival supplies in the home. Earthquake food, water and first aid materials along with an array of tools, battery powered radios, and sanitation supplies should be kept in an organized survival supply area. Having adequate supplies of earthquake preparedness food and water in the home provides a level of safety and comfort before, during and after a disaster. You won’t have to wait for disaster relief to arrive; you’ll be fully prepared.
Car and Workplace Survival Supplies
Earthquake survival kits should be kept in each car and at work. These include basic supplies packed in an easy to carry backpack. Include nonperishable emergency food items, small water filter, bottled water, and a solar or crank up radio and flashlight. Always have a comfortable pair of walking shoes and socks handy because roadways may be impassible by car. A small first aid kit, any medicine that is taken daily, and a multiuse tool should also be kept in your earthquake survival kits. Although MREs are heavier than other types of survival food, keeping a few in your earthquake survival kits ensures you’ll have ready to eat food supplies. MREs should be changed every year or two if stored in your trunk. The MRE shelf life is only a fraction of the best packed Freeze Dried or dehydrated food.
Protecting Your Home
No matter where you live, pay attention to earthquake survival tips explaining how to safeguard your home before and during a quake. A California earthquake preparedness checklist always includes the mandatory state requirement of having the hot water heater securely strapped to the house studs. While this may not be law in other states, following the California guidelines could help protect your home. It is essential to know where the main cut-offs are for all utilities to the home. Be aware that shutting off the gas could result in a long wait for it to be turned back on by the utility company, but any sign of a gas leak necessitates immediate shut off. Broken or leaking water pipes can cause excessive damage to the home. Shutting off the water prevents this problem.
Although it may not be required, securing heavy appliances and furniture could stop extensive damage to the home or injury to the people inside the home. Gas appliances like stoves or dryers should be secured and flexible gas pipe used. Refrigerators can kill if they move and tip over. Securing them at the top and bottom to wall studs prevents this. Tall furniture like bookshelves should be screwed to the wall. Make sure beds are not placed under heavy pictures, mirrors or windows to avoid breaking glass if a quake hits at night. While you get to know your home better, point out safe places in each room where you can shelter under strong furniture or along an interior wall. Also be aware of danger spots so you can quickly avoid them during a quake.
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