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*written by by Meg Archambault Remien

In light of the earthquake weather we’ve been having in Los Angeles, I thought it might be helpful to put together a list of helpful tips in case of emergency.

Step 1: Making an emergency kit (one for the house and one for the car). Ideally, keep supplies for each person in your family for about 72 hours.

  • Backpack
  • Water (1 gallon/person/day)
  • Cash (without power you will not have access to ATM machines)
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Radio
  • Reflective blankets
  • Rain poncho
  • Survival knife
  • Duct tape
  • Whistle
  • Utility rope
  • Lighter/waterproof matches
  • Work gloves
  • Toilet paper
  • Baby wipes
  • Can opener
  • Candles
  • Crazy Glue
  • Pen and paper
  • Sewing kit
  • First Aid contents:
    • Bandages
    • Band aids
    • Sterile sponges
    • Alcohol pads
    • Butterfly closures
    • Latex gloves
    • Neosporin
  • Food rations – high calorie bars, foods that will last a long time in your kit
  • Copies of important legal documents
  • Emergency contact list

Also consider:

  • 2 way radios
  • Scissors
  • Sleeping bags
  • Deck of playing cards
  • Vitamins
  • Feminine products
  • Antibacterial
  • Toiletry kit

Step 2: Place your kits where they are easily accessible; a closet by the front door, under the bed or any place that will not be hindered by falling objects.

Step 3: Pinpoint the locations in your home that are best during an emergency. In an earthquake this is usually under a doorframe or a solid desk or table. Also, be prepared for aftershocks.

Step 4: Check your kits every 6 months. Take out anything expired and make sure to replace them.

Step 5: Practice drills, especially if you have children.

Tip: Some stores carry pre-made kits. They are great starters and you can continue to build on them with the things you need. Hopefully, you never need to use your kits but better safe than sorry!

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