Are you ready for an earthquake? Debunking the myths and sharing the facts

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We know earthquakes it can be scary. They are unpredictable and can happen anywhere. But there is good news: preparing for earthquakes can help keep you safe.

First, let’s debunk some common myths about earthquakes:


MYTH: Earthquakes don’t happen where I live.

FACT: Strong earthquakes occur in all regions of the country. They can happen anytime and anywhere, so it’s best to be like prepared as much as possible.

MYTH: The best thing to do when you feel an earthquake is to stand in a door frame.
FACT: The best action plan when you feel an earthquake is to drop, cover and hold on.

By following these steps you will have the best opportunity to stay safe.

Now that you know the facts, it’s time to prepare. Having emergency supplies is the first step. Here’s what’s best to have in yours earthquake emergency kit:

1. Waterfall: We use water for drinking, cooking and washing. Experts recommend that everyone have at least a gallon of water per person per day for at least three days. Don’t forget your pets!

2. Food: Having long-life foods – such as canned goods, peanut butter, and nuts – means they keep longer, even without nutrition. Healthy food in yours supply it can give you energy if you are asked to evacuate.

3. Small Hygiene Kit: Staying clean with hand sanitizer and wipes can help prevent the spread of germs.

4th First aid kit: This is essential! You can find small first aid kits in many stores. If you’d like to make your own, add gauze, bandages, antiseptic wipes and pain medications, as well as items for special needs you may have.

5. Flashlight + batteries: Earthquakes can be harmful. Losing power is common. Having a reliable flashlight with extra batteries can come in handy when it’s dark.

6. Portable Cell Phone Charger: Your phone can be incredibly useful for contacting emergency services, family members, or even using GPS features if it gets lost. You may not have access to a power outlet, so having a portable or solar charger is key.

Knowledge and preparation are the best ways to prevent injury in disaster situations. Make sure you and your family have discussed the earthquake safety procedures.

Help us spread the word about earthquake safety by downloading and printing our Get Ready fact sheet, available at English or SpanishYou can also add your own own logo!

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