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What To Do If An Earthquake Hits While You Are Indoors: An At Home Emergency Kit

Mac Slavo
July 30th, 2019
SHTFplan.com
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Those who live in fault zones, or near them should already be prepared for an earthquake.  But with the rise in the instability of faults all over the country, it’s always a good idea to make sure those who have just moved to a “shaky” area are prepared as well.

If an earthquake hits while you’re indoors, you will want to remain indoors, and this earthquake emergency kit and guide could help you prepare for that possibility.  Obviously, you may be outdoors or driving when an earthquake strikes, but that’s a different prep for a different day. Today, we are focusing on what to do and how to set up your home earthquake kit.

WHAT TO DO

Don’t go outside, stay indoors and seek cover to limit injuries from falling objects.  Go under a table but stay away from glass, windows, and outside walls. If there’s no table or other pieces of furniture you can get underneath, crouch in an inside corner of the building and cover your face and head with your arms and hands.  Stay put until the shaking ends.

WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR HOME EARTHQUAKE KIT

If you prepare in advance and have an earthquake kit on hand, should an earthquake strike while you’re at home, you’ll at least be somewhat ready to take action.  Some of the things many suggest you should have readily available if you live in an earthquake zone are:

  1. Fire Extinguisher – this is a no-brainer, and we should all actually keep at least one of these in the kitchen of our homes anyway. But if this is the first time you’ve heard you should have one, grab a good one, and maintain it! That way you know it’ll work if you need to literally put out fires after an earthquake.
  2. First Aid Kit – you will need this if there are any injuries to yourself, your family, or a pet during an earthquake.  A trauma kit could be helpful as well, and don’t forget those often overlooked medical supplies that easily slip our minds!
  3. Emergency Food and Water – you may lose electricity and won’t be able to get water (unless you are on a well and have an “off-grid solution” already figured out.  Because it’s highly likely the power will be out for at least a few days, store some non-perishable food that doesn’t require cooking.  As far as water goes, your goal should be to have one gallon of water per person per day for at least two weeks.  This will be enough to keep you hydrated, but consider saving more so you will have enough for personal hygiene. And don’t forget the pets! They will need water too!
  4. Plastic Sheeting, Tarps, and Duct Tape – these will be useful to close off broken windows or to put up over holes in the roof of your house to prevent further damage. This is a temporary fix until you can repair your home.
  5. Tent – keep a tent handy in case your home is not safe to sleep in.
  6. Flashlight and/or candles – this will give you some sort of lighting if the electricity is out.

Again, as I’ve repeatedly stated, this is far from an exhaustive list of things you should have, but these 6 items are definitely essentials. Stay safe and stay well prepared for anything!

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  1. There, I said it says:

    As a caveat:

    NO FIRE AROUND STRUCTURES EQUIPPED WITH GAS, (Natural or otherwise)! BOOM!

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    . . . – – – . . .
    1. First thing I did in earthquake after action. Turn off Natural Gas to home/business. Hot water heaters and ruptured gas lines are Extreme danger.
    2. Turn off electricity until you Inspect your dwelling for damage. No natural gas leaks verified.
    3. Fill up all Water containers. Just in case needed. Water lines, sewer, gas lines, buried electrical lines, All get damaged in earthquake.
    4. Setup camp in backyard outside of a structure. Tents are ok. Stay out of dwelling for a few days. Things falling on you kill you in earthquake.
    5. Now go check on elderly neighbors. Help them out. Then help other neighbors. Help your community.

    If you are on this website then you are already ready and know the rest of what to do.

    — Good luck Californians. Big one is overdue. I would leave now.

  3. Clown World says:

    Unless you have built something Medieval — let’s say primeval — your doorjam or coffee table was not made to hold up the entire house. It’s just thin molding on some 2×4’s. I’ll bet you can find end joints, in the 2×4’s. They haven’t even given you a proper board, to stand under, for the end of the world.

    Look at the roadway, in the illustration. Duck and cover?

    “And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up together with Korah, when that company died, what time the fire devoured two hundred and fifty men: and they became a sign.”
    — Num 26:10

    Either, we can say that the person rests in peace, or it couldn’t have happened to a better jerk. All you can do is be contrite. Prepare your soul.

  4. Anon says:

    What if you are at work in a multi-level building, and there is a glass wall near your area? At what point do you decide to try to leave? How long do you shelter in place?

  5. Mr_Yesterday says:

    It’s fun to think about survival in adverse situations. Try it with the minimal approach, you’ll exhaust all those ‘resources’ in a single days time. An average American household here in Colorado uses 60 gallons a day, if not much more than that.

    You’ll need a well, a solar system, cb radios, other various technology, a multi fuel generator, and enough food and supply to help your neighbors out. This ‘just enough for me and my family’, well, what are you going to do when the neighbors come a knocking and you’re the only one with sustained power? We’re all in this together.

    Research aquaponics. Watch diy install a well in your own backyard videos. Get vegetable towers in place and experiment with them before anything actually happens.

    I had all these seeds and survival gear at one point. Then I tried to garden and it became painfully apparent I used a lot of water, had minimal yeild, was infested by bugs, and it turns out I don’t know a darn thing about gardening or field dressing.

    Being a survivalist is not about prepping, it’s about real world practical skill sets you use routinely. Keep your tools up, keep your resources plush, and try to get out of the city. 20 lb bags of rice are only 10-20 dollars at bulk buy stores. We keep at least 10 on hand in a rotating stock, what is your supply level? A non teflon stainless steel rice warmer is only 40 bucks on amazon, and could be run from mini solar or an eco stove if necessary. Organic staples made easy, no refrigeration required w/ maximum water use efficiency. You’ll need a lot of rice. DIY’ng a rocket stove is not quite the same thing as a custom high quality eco stove w/ ceramic components. First thing we ever bought when prepping was an eco stove.