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Drop, Cover, Hold On! Earthquake Essentials And Tips For Washingtonians

Today (October 19th) is "Shake Out Day" as the warnings and sirens will be blaring at 10:19 this morning as a test run for an actual earthquake emergency. I thought this would be a good time for a refresher on what to do/not to do and go over a list of some essentials you should have in case of an earthquake

First off...here are some things that are good to think about to prepare for an earthquake.

 

  • Seek out a safe spot. ...
  • Practice “drop, cover, and hold on.” ...
  • Involve everyone in your practice drills. ...
  • Establish a meeting place. ...
  • Develop a communication plan. ...
  • Put together earthquake preparedness kits. ...
  • Remember to prep for your pet(s). ...
  • Identify alternate shelter.

 

As for after the earthquake, some essentials that will help you get along and possibly survive are as follows: these are the basics--

 

  1. Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation)
  2. Food (at least a several-day supply of non-perishable food)
  3. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert.
  4. Flashlight.
  5. First aid kit.
  6. Extra batteries.
  7. Whistle (to signal for help