5 Habits of Highly Prepared Families In An Earthquake

In a  moment when we least expect it, a moderate to severe earthquake will occur in Southern California. Fewer than 10% of California households have an emergency survival kit and a plan to evacuate and contact family members.

Habit #1 Be Proactive

Take a picture of all family members and have copies of their driver’s license or birth certificate in an envelope along with important documents such as insurance policies. Don’t forget photos of your pets and vet records. Map evacuation routes from the house and neighborhood together. Establish a meeting point outside your home and one outside your neighborhood.

Habit #2 Maintain An Emergency Survival Kit

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlights and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistles to signal for help
  • Dust masks, plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • Moist towelettes, pocket tissue packs, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench to turn off utilities
  • Reflective and cotton blankets

Keep this emergency kit in a location which is easily accessible to allow fast and easy evacuation from your home.

Habit #3 Prepare with Multiple Outcomes In Mind

Utilities might be out for an extended period or your home could be uninhabitable. Make a plan for short-term sleeping accommodations outside your home. Water and food in supermarkets will be in short supply.

Habit #4 Plan To Pull The Family Together

Create a family communication chain to make contact and schedule to meet at one of your predetermined meeting points. Long Distance phone lines usually work before local lines in an emergency. Establish an out-of-state phone contact for family and friends to call for information. Use TEXT messaging to contact friends and family. TEXT uses a different frequency on your cellphone and might work better in an emergency.

Habit #5 Think Win-Win

Develop plans in coordination with your neighbors. Share these tips and work together to have a strong community support system when an emergency occurs.

Create your emergency plan today and make your kit.  Pre-made kits are available at http://www.extremelyprepared.com/featured_products.html to buy a complete Emergency Survival Kit for your family.

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