Earthquakes are truly terrifying, they can happen at any time of the night or day causing fear, panic, destruction to property. You may not realize this, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency says that an astonishing 39 states in the United States are vulnerable to earthquakes, an earthquake disaster plan really is essential . . . make a disaster preparedness earthquake plan and then just keep your fingers crossed that you won’t have to use it!
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Disaster Preparedness: Earthquake Disaster Plan
- Make sure that you, and each member of your family knows the “safe areas” in your home. These are usually interior corners which are well away from windows. Keep these areas free from potential hazards like items falling from shelves in the midst of an earthquake.
- Have a list of people to contact in case of an earthquake emergency, which includes at least a couple of people who live out of state.
- Make sure that there are plenty of flashlights in your home, with fully charged batteries. You could also invest in a couple of plug-in lights which are designed to come on when the power goes off. A battery operated radio is also a great piece of kit to have in case of an earthquake disaster.
- Keep plenty of essential supplies in your home at all times. Food which does not need to be refrigerated is the best bet, as well as plenty of bottled water to last for around five days. If you need medication then make sure you’ve got a good supply of it in stock, at least enough for a couple of weeks.
- Practice earthquake drills with your family on a regular basis, that way if the real thing does happen there’s a much better chance of everyone remaining calm and, in turn, safe. To practice your earthquake drill simply move close to your safe-spot, duck down with your arms over your head and stay there for around a minute, before making your way to the closest exit.
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