SERIOUS POST ALERT. How prepared are you for an earthquake or a natural disaster?
After the second earthquake hit Mexico City I actually started to panic a little bit because I was not prepared at all. I got home that night and started asking D all these questions because I legit had no clue what to do if there was ever an earthquake.
I live in a new building so I’ve been told it is safe but still.. Do I have to turn off the gas? Do I have to turn off water? Do I stay in the apartment? Do I go in a doorway? All of these questions were running through my head and it was giving me crazy anxiety so I decided to do some research the next day and here is what I learned!
- First things first! Make yourself an earthquake kit! I just ran down to my local dollar store and to Safeway to purchase a few items to get me started. You can also purchase a prepared kit. So many options online or in stores
Here is what you will need:
- Min of 3L of water per day/ per person (3 day supply)
- 3 day supply of food: Soup(eaten cold), crackers, peanut butter, fruit snacks, nuts, protein powder, canned vegetables, canned fruit, granola bars.
- First AID Kit: Bandaids, sterile gloves, antibiotic ointment, non prescription drugs (advil, tylenol, tums, etc), thermometer, any prescription drugs
- Matches & lighter
- Toilet Paper (remember you cant flush the toilet!)
- Paper, pencil
- Cash in small bills, coins
- Garbage Bags
- Change of clothes and shoes (no heels)
- Next what do I do if I am at home?
- Drop, Cover and hold! DROP down onto your hands and knees (before the earthquake knocks you down). COVER your head and neck (and your entire body if possible) under a sturdy table or desk. If there is no shelter nearby, only then should you get down near an interior wall (or next to low-lying furniture that won’t fall on you), and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands. HOLD ON to your shelter (or to your head and neck) until the shaking stops. Be prepared to move with your shelter if the shaking shifts it around.
- If you are in bed-hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow or blanket. You are less likely to be injured staying where you are.
- Do not go outside – if you are inside, stay inside!
- What else should I do to get prepared?
- Get to know your neighbours
- Make sure you insurance covers earthquakes (mine does)
These are just a few things to better prepare yourself if there is ever an earthquake. I still have a lot to learn but thought this at least was a good start! I hope this quick list can help you become better prepared!
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