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The Essentials Of An Earthquake Emergency Kit

Updated: Aug 7, 2023

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When a natural disaster strikes, the most important thing to do is to be prepared. It is essential to have an emergency earthquake kit in your home or office that is easily accessible and sufficient to meet your needs in case of an earthquake. If a large earthquake where to occur, many of the critical infrastructure could be compromised, so it's important that you have a enough supplies to support you and your loved ones until services are available. Building a proper earthquake kit will offer you peace of mind and can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency situation.

The first step in creating an emergency earthquake kit is to decide what items you will need to have on hand. Your kit should include food, water, medications, clothing, first aid supplies, a flashlight, a battery-powered radio, and a whistle.

Food: It is important to have non-perishable food items stored in your emergency earthquake kit. You should plan to have enough food for each person in your family for at least three days. Some suggested food items include canned goods, energy bars, and dried fruits and nuts.

Water: Water is essential to survive and is one of the most important items to include in your emergency earthquake kit. You should plan to have at least one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days.

Clothing: Make sure you have enough clothing to keep each person warm and dry in an emergency situation. Pack several changes of clothing per person, including a hat, gloves, and a warm coat.

First Aid Supplies: It is important to have a basic first aid kit in your emergency earthquake kit. Your kit should contain items such as gauze, bandages, scissors, tape, and antiseptic wipes.

Flashlight: A flashlight is essential to have in an emergency situation as it can provide light during a power outage. Make sure you have extra batteries in your kit as well.

Battery-Powered Radio: A battery-powered radio can be used to stay informed about the situation, as well as provide entertainment. Make sure you have extra batteries in your kit.

Medication: It is always a good idea to have a supply of any crucial medications in your emergency kit. It's important that you have at least 3-5 days worth of medicine included in your emergency preparedness pack.

Whistle: A whistle can be used to alert emergency personnel of your location.

Once you have gathered all of the necessary items for your emergency earthquake kit, it is important to store them in an easily accessible location. This can be a closet, basement, or garage. Make sure to check the expiration dates on food items and rotate them regularly.

Having an emergency earthquake kit can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency situation. Make sure to build your kit today and stay prepared for any natural disaster. Remember, a little preparation upfront can save you a ton of headaches later.

Curious about the history of seismic activity in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest? Take a look at this blog post to learn more about some of the large earthquakes that have occurred here in the past.

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