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Preparation before a natural disaster, such as an earthquake, is the key to survival. Being prepared includes proper planning and having the necessary supplies on hand before an earthquake or other natural disaster occurs.


There are some simple things to do in planning before the “big one” strikes. The following is a partial list of supplies to have on hand before it’s too late.


Food: Have enough non-perishable food stored for at least 3-5 days is a good start. Of course, it’s preferable if you can have enough food stored for a week, but it depends on how much storage space you have.

Water: Have enough water stored for at least 3-5 days is a good start. The rule of thumb is to have one gallon of water per person per day. Again, keep in mind how much storage space you have.

Flashlights: Have a flashlight at you bedside and other locations throughout the house is the best way to ensure you have enough light if the power goes out. Make sure there are fresh batteries in the flashlights and of course have extra batteries on hand.

First Aid: A simple first aid kit is a must. Make sure you have enough varieties of Band-Aids and bandages for each person in your family and include medical grade latex or non-latex gloves, anti-bacterial ointment, cold packs and surgical scissors.

Fire Extinguisher: Purchase a 5lb ABC fire extinguisher. Keep one in the kitchen and one in the garage.