Top 10 Essentials For Your Earthquake Kit

Bernadette Woit of ShakeOut B.C. checks her shopping list for her earthquake kit. Catherine Rolfsen/CBC

checks her shopping list for her earthquake kit. Catherine Rolfsen/CBC Thousands of BritishColumbiansare expected to drop, cover and hold on today as part ofShakeOutB.C., an annual province wide earthquake drill. In addition to participating in a drill, organizers recommend members of the public put together earthquake kits, and the CBCs Catherine Rolfsen went shopping for the essentials. 10 Essentials for your Earthquake Kit – Water At least two litres of water per person per day; include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order – Food that wont spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (replace food and water once a year) – Manual can opener
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Building Earthquake Survival Kits

Tools and supplies: Your earthquake kit will be like a bad episode of the Twilight Zone if you have a case of canned tuna and no can opener. So, yeah can opener. You should also have: a fire extinguisher; a flashlight (Ive got this awesome hand-cranked version ); a battery-operated radio and extra batteries (or a hand-crank model I got mine during KQEDs pledge week); pliers and a wrench, to turn off gas and water lines; duct tape; a tarp; pen and paper; enough cash in small bills to get you through a few days of living in a world with non-functioning ATMs or cash registers. Sanitation: In the immortal words of Taro Gomi , everyone poops. A plastic bucket with a lid (think of those Home Depot $5 specials), some plastic bags, a jug of bleach and some toilet paper these will become very, very important if your plumbing goes out. Also important in the sanitation department: Diapers if youve got anyone in the house who needs them. If youre paranoid like me: I have copies of all our important paperwork, including insurance information and bank accounts. Ive also got a box of Trivial Pursuit cards to pass the time. And writing this post has reminded me: Im picking up a solar cell phone charger , and finishing my home inventory this weekend. (For that, all I do is snap digital pictures and put them on my Flickr stream, marked private. This way, if I ever have to file a claim for damaged belongings, I can easily reference the goods with photographic evidence.) I wont lie: Assembling a disaster kit can take time. You can always let someone else do the work and pay for the convenience with a pre-packaged earthquake kit.
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Is your house ready for an earthquake?

In areas prone to large earthquakes, putting together an earthquake survival kit can save lives. Over 150 earthquakes occur a year that can cause damage to buildings and other infrastructure. These earthquakes most often measure 6.0 and above in magnitude on the Richter scale. They cause power, telephone, gas and water failure which can take as days to restore. In order to maximize preparedness, experts recommend keeping earthquake preparedness kits in the home, office and car. Gathering Food and Water for Earthquake Survival Kits Water is the most important item in an earthquake survival kit. One gallon per person per day is enough for drinking and minimal cooking. For hygiene purposes, an extra gallon or two per person per day would be beneficial.
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Earthquake kits: DIY or buy one now

If it has has a crawl space, check to see if the frame is fastened to the foundation. “The most critical connection for a home is to make sure it has good strong connection to the foundation to resist earthquake forces,” said Paul McEntee with Simpson Strong-Tie . So what can happen if the house is not secured this way? “It could either lift up off the foundation or slide off the foundation and testing has show that having a good, strong connection at the base of a home will increase its chances of surviving an earthquake.”] McEntee says most homes around her built after 1985 should be fine. Earlier than that and you might want to check.
The snippet originates through one of my own favored websites: http://www.komonews.com/news/consumer/Is-your-house-ready-for-an-earthquake-228113481.html

Emergency 101: Earthquake kits, pet evacuations and new advice on the duck and cover

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Is a backpack better, so hands are free to carry a child or pet? Or maybe one doubles as a temporary toilet? Is it better to keep the kit at home, at work or in the car? (The answer: All of the above.) We recently compared some emergency kits, whose contents (whistles, light sticks, crank-powered mobile phone recharger) provided much food for thought. To answer questions about emergency kits and other ways every household can better prepare for an earthquake, wildfire or some other disaster, we’ve listed some links below: Kits: Read a quick comparison of premade emergency kits , plus recommendations of items that you may want to add and a three-step emergency safety plan . Kits, Part 2: An archived Times graphic offers more recommendations. Note that some of its suggestions (for example, the guideline of 1 gallon of water per person, per day) conflict with the advice from some local emergency officials (many of whom advise at least 2 gallons of water per person, per day). The best approach is to read the various recommendations, including those from the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency , as well as local supplies such as SOS Survival Products , to determine what your household’s specific needs might be. Home prep: An interactive graphic runs down ways to earthquake-proof your home. Duck, cover: Experts recommend proper ways to take cover . (Hint: not in the doorway, as was once recommended.) Animals: Thoughts on what to pack and how to protect family pets in an evacuation. Field test: And, for a little levity to balance all the disaster talk, we offer this piece from a reporter who tested her emergency kit by trying to live off it .
See the original information here: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2011/03/preparing-for-earthquakes.html

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