With over 140 earthquake tremors rattling the Salton Sea in Southern California, the state delivered an advisory of an increase in the possibility of a major earthquake on the southern end of the San Andreas Fault. These swarm quakes have been recorded near Bombay Beach along the Salton Sea – a lake that sits on the San Andreas fault northeast of San Diego – ranging from magnitude 1.4 to 4.3, according to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) seismologists. Read more
Which is just another reminder and reason to get prepared. I believe we should ready for all emergencies including earthquakes that can hit at home, work or even on the road. So I have put together some simple tips on preparedness and disaster response that could make a real difference in the Big One or your day to day emergencies.
#1. Get a “Real” First Aid Kit– This should include more than just band-aids and wipes. Include the items to handle serious first aid, like a CPR barrier mask, trauma dressings for serious bleeding, a thermal blanket for shock, burn free burn gel burn for burns and a splint for broken bones. Remember injuries don’t and can’t wait.
#3. Fire extinguishers– because fire departments respond to a fire every 23 seconds in this country, fire is a real daily threat. A fire extinguisher is an effective tool to put out all fires quickly. Check out my video on how to use a fire extinguisher
#4. Utility Shut-Off Tool– To shut off the gas meter and water meter quickly, store a tool or tools to get the job done. Remember, don’t store in the garage. Because there are only 3 walls, this is the weakest part of your home.
#5. Water Storage– with the California drought still lingering, water storage has to be considered and done ahead of any emergency. Store enough for at least two weeks and at least a gallon per person per day. And don’t forget the pets. If you have a pool, seriously consider a water bottle filter, to filter 100 gallons of water of bacterial, viral and chemical pollutants. I don’t suggest bleach.
Drop, Cover and Hold On– take cover under or next to furniture. This will force you to focus and not panic by running. Running is dangerous and adds to the odds of you becoming injured. Ride it out. Don’t get into a doorway, this along with the garage is the weakest part of your home and leaves you extremely exposed. Don’t stand up.
Check on Injuries– Grab your real first aid kit and quickly manage any life threatening emergencies. Your top three are breathing, bleeding and shock.
Check on Utilities– Listen and smell for gas leaks by checking all your gas appliances. Remember, even if you don’t smell gas, go check the gas meter dials. The leak may be in your walls or attic.
Look for any electrical problems or water leaks and control immediately to reduce risk to life and property.
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