Three Steps to Take to Prepare for a Major Earthquake

 

California is the most populous state in America, with tens of millions of people living throughout the state. Many fault lines run underneath the ground in California, and because of this, Californians live with constant uncertainty about when and where the next major earthquake will strike. Fortunately, anxiety about earthquakes may be significantly reduced when an individual is prepared and knows what to do in the event of a disaster. Here are three steps to take to prepare for a major quake.

 

  • Put Together an Emergency Earthquake Bag

 

An “earthquake early warning system” is currently being developed across certain areas in California and along the West Coast of the United States. However, even with an earthquake early warning system in place, individuals may only have a few seconds to hunker down before the shaking begins. Because an earthquake can occur at any time, it’s vital to have an emergency plan. It may be very helpful to put together an emergency bag with supplies that could be useful – and lifesaving – after a quake. A kit might include items like first aid items, non-perishable food, water, and a battery-operated radio and flashlight. It is also a good idea to have charged-up  mobile phones or satellite phones.

 

  • Have Earthquake Drills With Family Members

 

In addition to putting together a disaster kit, holding “earthquake drills” may be beneficial for residents at a household. A drill may include practicing the “duck and cover” technique, which involves sheltering under a desk or table until shaking stops, for example. Additionally, it’s crucial to know where to go after a temblor, particularly if it is not safe to shelter in place at home. Learning about where emergency shelters and West Coast disaster relief centers may be located is very important.

 

  • Plan for the Long-Term Effects of the Quake

 

Once the initial shaking stops, more trouble could occur. This could include fires, looting, and even additional aftershocks. Neighborhoods may not be habitable for an extended period. Therefore, creating a long-term plan for where to go if necessary may be helpful.

In general, having a plan and being prepared can be lifesaving in a disaster. The more equipped an individual is, the less anxious he or she will likely be during an emergency.