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​14 Earthquake Family Emergency Preparedness Tips

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Earthquake Family Emergency Preparedness Kits

With a 4.0 earthquake recently hitting Oklahoma and farther away Chile still recovering from a disastrous quake, it’s important to think about how your family can be prepared for the risks of a catastrophic earthquake in your area.

Earthquakes are perhaps one of THE most destructive and scary natural disasters for many people; being inside of a home while the earth which is normally so solid shakes you awake can be a shocking event for anybody. A recent 4.0 magnitude earthquake in Langston Oklahoma actually set a new record for increasing earthquake activity in that region. Farther away Chile was hit with a disastrous quake that the people of Chile are still suffering from, wtih water, fuel and essential services out for days after a stunning 8.2 magnitude earthquake caused major damage across the countries northern region killing seven people as to date.

New Madrid Earthquake Zone Preparedness Tips Many people think that earthquake’s only happen in California, but the 2011 east coast earthquake showed how wrong that belief was. Believing that your region is safe can be a deadly one, with many East Coast regions a like the New Madrid fault zone spreading across the southern and midwestern United States and then stretching to the southwest from New Madrid, Missouri – a ticking time bomb according to many experts and one with a deadly but little known history. Recently, Oklahoma has set records for increasing seismic activity (which many blame on large scale fracking) as shown by the new 4.0 quake that just briefly hit Langston Oklahoma and you start to begin to realize the threat that earthquakes pose not just to the West Coast – but across the entire United States.

So how can you prepare for an earthquake? As provided by ready.gov, use these 14 great tips to prepare your family before an earthquake strikes:

  1. To begin preparing, you should build or purchase an earthquake emergency preparedness kit and make a family communications plan.
  2. Fasten shelves securely to walls.
  3. Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves.
  4. Store breakable items such as bottled foods, glass, and china in low, closed cabinets with latches.
  5. Fasten heavy items such as pictures and mirrors securely to walls and away from beds, couches and anywhere people sit.
  6. Brace overhead light fixtures and top heavy objects.
  7. Repair defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections. These are potential fire risks. Get appropriate professional help. Do not work with gas or electrical lines yourself.
  8. Install flexible pipe fittings to avoid gas or water leaks. Flexible fittings are more resistant to breakage.
  9. Secure your water heater, refrigerator, furnace and gas appliances by strapping them to the wall studs and bolting to the floor. If recommended by your gas company, have an automatic gas shut-off valve installed that is triggered by strong vibrations.
  10. Repair any deep cracks in ceilings or foundations. Get expert advice if there are signs of structural defects.
  11. Be sure the residence is firmly anchored to its foundation.
  12. Store weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products securely in closed cabinets with latches and on bottom shelves.
  13. Locate safe spots in each room under a sturdy table or against an inside wall. Reinforce this information by moving to these places during each drill.
  14. Hold earthquake drills with your family members: Drop, cover and hold on.

Remember, all 50 states and 5 United States territories face the threat of an earthquake – there is no “earthquake safe” region. Being prepared is your best chance at surviving an earthquake in a region that is unfamiliar with recent seismic activity and thus may be far more affected.