Earthquake be Prepared!

Know what to have!

Don't allow yourself to forget about the deadly effects of a Southern Californian Earthquake. Think about youself, your family and loved one's. Take the time to read this highly important item. Gather this critical information and put it into action! - Get your Earthquake kits in order. The life you save may be your own!
In-home emergency kit for natural disaster
The US government's Homeland Security website provides a list of in-home emergency kit items.[1] The list focuses on the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and materials to maintain body warmth. The recommended basic emergency kit items include:

Water, at least one gallon of water per person for each day
Food, non-perishable food for at least three days
Battery-powered or hand cranked radio and a Weather Radio and extra batteries
Flashlight and extra batteries
First aid kit
Whistle to signal
Dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties
Wrench or pliers to turn off water valves
Can opener for canned food
Local maps
Additional items that may be added to the emergency kit include prescription medications and glasses, infant formula and diapers, pet food, family documents (e.g., copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records), cash or traveler's checks and change, a first aid book, and a sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. For people in cold climates, additional clothing is recommended. Other items that may be useful include household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper, to use as a disinfectant and emergency water purifier, a fire extinguisher, matches, feminine hygiene items, plates and utensils, a paper and pencil, and activities for children.

It is notable that no recommendations are made concerning utility knives/multitools; indeed, knives, firearms or any other items which might facilitate self-defence seem to be completely omitted.

Knowledge is Power-Action is Required!
Posted by erniemixon on 01/30/2008
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