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Disaster Preparedness - 5 Top Tips For Earthquake Survival

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The recent earthquakes in Haiti remind us that people should be prepared. This impoverished country had little to no preparedness in position. We must do something being more self reliant and able to take care of our very own families in desperate situations.

I've been involved professionally in emergency response since 1982. For the reason that time I have taken care of immediately thousands of emergencies. Mostly from the daily 9-1-1 nature. Some were of the catastrophic nature, including large earthquakes, wild fires and floods. I have been training the general public in disaster preparedness since 1987. What I came away with is really a pattern of unpreparedness by civilians. This led me to create this list of the very best 5 things one should caused by prepare within the order of importance.

1. "Real" First-aid Kit- This really is number one because injuries don't and should not wait. They must be addressed immediately. You'll want a kit that can handle problems even if you do not have immediate access to 9-1-1. A "Real" first aid kit is really a kit that is greater than a owie or boo, boo kit. More than just band-aids and wipes. The thing you need is really a kit with a minimum of CPR barrier mask, trauma dressings, multiple 4x4 gauze dressings, gauze rolls, paramedic scissors, a genuine splint (not popsicle sticks), sterile water, burn dressing, etc. This is a kit that may manage serious and minor injuries. A chance to stabilize and sterilize could be lifesaving when outside sources become limited or unavailable.

earthquake supplies list

2. Utility shutoff tool- The ability to take control of your gas and water meters is very important to minimize damage to property and risk alive safety. To reduce the chance of fire and explosions rigtht after an earthquake is critical. Always check the gas meter dials to determine a leak. As most leaks will be in the walls or attic of the home and you may not smell gas til it's to late. Look for a non-sparking metal tool that will switch off both your gas and water meters.

3. Fire Extinguisher- Since all fires start small, having an extinguisher handy is a great advantage for preserving life and property. Purchase an ABC dry chemical extinguisher. This kind will extinguish all three classes of fire (ordinary combustibles, flammable liquids and electrical. Have a fire extinguisher in your home and car. Periodically look into the gauge for pressure.

emergency supplies for earthquake

4. Water storage- While you may not need water within the next hour. It is critical to your families survival in the following hours and days. This not something you can get later. Store enough Water- at least one gallon per person daily for 7-14 days for drinking and hygiene. Store tap water in approved barrels and treat with "Water Preserver" for five-year storage. Keep "Water Purification Tablets" available to treat any untreated or questionable water. One tablet will treat one quart water. Never store water in old bleach bottles, milk type plastic containers (as they are made from breathable plastic) in the spare room because any fumes from vehicles, paints, solvents, pesticides will contaminate your supply.

5. Car Survival Kit- Since we take our cars everywhere, place one out of each family members car. You will always be prepared. Store 3-day Food Bar, Sterile Water Pouches, Medical, Warmth (thermal blanket) & Lightsticks and flashlight inside your kit.

Posted May 17, 2012 at 6:08am