Preparing for an earthquake is a mandatory requirement for preppers in environments where earthquakes are not uncommon. Most people who live in these areas, and have lived there for decades, still are not prepared of how to prepare for an earthquake.
First off you need to tailor your bug out kit to reacting to an earthquake. Here’s what your bug out bag should contain:
– water, food, and medications for at least three days
– thick leather gloves, to aid in removing potentially sharp or dangerous objects.
– A flashlight with a strobe function for rescue signaling, and having a flashlight is always handy.
– A multi-tool, a pelican box to protect your cell phone, and a method to charge your phone. They make external batteries that can recharge your phone or other small electronics.
– Also pack something like a whistle to signal for help.
Next you should prepare your home. Anchor bookshelves, secure mirrors, and light fixtures. Know the strongest areas of your house. These include door frames, which are often the safest place to be in an earthquake. Also form a plan with your family in where they supposed to go, and what they should bring with them. Practice this plan, and ensure everyone is clear on what they are supposed to do.
Have a portable radio that can broadcast messages from local authorities, letting you know where you need to go in times of an evacuation. Also have a firearm with you, to defend yourself not only from people but more likely from escaped animals. That mean dog fenced up down the street is free from his fence, so be prepared to protect yourself.
After an earthquake check for injuries and then check for hazards. These Hazards could include loose wires, downed power lines, and gas leaks. Be mindful of aftershocks and prepared to move to safe ground in the event of a hazard in the home. If you can extinguish a small fire, and shut the gas off, and electricity, do so, as long as you can without harming yourself. When the time comes, be prepared to move to safer ground.