How to be prepared for an Earthquake
No one is ever really sure when an earthquake will hit. Consequently, we should always be prepared. Even though earth movements are not typically the reason for casualties, partial building collapses and falling objects are very dangerous. We need to be informed of the proper steps to take during an earthquake. Following are the items that you should consider when creating your own emergency kit:
a. Water: FEMA recommends you store one gallon per person per day. Prepare for a 72 hour period.
b. Food: Store enough canned or dehydrated food, powdered milk, and canned juices for at least 72 hours.
c. Flashlights and spare batteries: Keep a flashlight by your bed, at work, and in your car. You can use a windup powered generator to have unlimited emergency power.
d. First Aid Kit: pre-assembled (from your local store)
e. Special Needs: medications, extra eyeglasses, contact lens solution, items for infants, sanitation and hygiene items.
f. Tools: Pack a pipe wrench and crescent/adjustable wrench (for turning off gas and water valves), a lighter, matches in a waterproof container, and a whistle for signaling rescue workers.
g. Important documents: Be sure to have a supply of cash in case ATMs, banks, and credit card systems are out of order. Also, keep copies of credit and identification cards and important documents.
h. Clothes: Have a complete change of clothes on hand.
There are many important items to have saved in case of an emergency, such as those listed above. This list will prepare you for survival. In addition, you can visit http://palmdesertinsurance.net/ to learn more about our Earthquake Insurance which can insure your home and belongings for structural damage in the event of a high magnitude earthquake. You can also call (760) 341-2345 for more information and a free quote!