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Earthquake Preparedness

Earthquake Preparedness: You never know when an earthquake is going to strike, but you do know that it will. It’s kind of like having heartburn medicine around. It might not happen every night, but some night it will.

Don’t think you live in an earthquake zone? Here’s a list of earthquakes in places you might not expect:

  • Massachusetts – November 18, 1755 – 5.9 on the Richter scale
  • Missouri – December 16, 1811 – up to 8.1
  • Kansas – April 24, 1867 – 5.1
  • Hawaii – April 2, 1868 – 7.9 (included a tsunami)
  • South Carolina – August 31, 1886 – 7.3
  • Indiana – September 27, 1909 – 5.1
  • New Hampshire – December 20, 1940 – 5.5
  • Wisconsin – May 6, 1947 – unknown
  • Illinois – November 9, 1968 – 5.4
  • Minnesota – July 9, 1975 – 4.6
  • Texas – April 14, 1995 – 5.7
  • Alabama – April 29, 2003 – 4.6
  • Florida – September 10, 2006 – 5.8

Not included in this list is hundreds of quakes on the Pacific Rim: California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and the Canadian provinces.

Here’s a short list of items to have for an earthquake:

  • Fire extinguisher – Often, broken gas mains cause as much damage as the shaking.
  • Water – Gallons of bottled water can help keep you alive until help arrives.
  • Food – Canned food will keep for years and can be stored easily.
  • A radio – A hand crank radio will be your lifeline to information when the power is out.
  • Flashlight – A rechargeable flashlight can help you from getting hurt further.
  • A family meeting place – There should be an agreed upon meeting place in the middle of everyone’s house where you can gather to make sure everyone is okay.

Preparing for an earthquake is very much like preparing for anything else. Have food, water and light and you should be alright. Don’t forget you PowerSafe Emergency Radio & Solar Phone Charger!

Extra notes: If you have pets, have dry food up high in a bag that will pop open if it falls. This will allow your furry family members to eat even if you can’t get to them right away.

 

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