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Prepare for, Survive, And Live After an Earthquake


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They can happen at any time. Preparation is essential. Do you know what the potential is where you live? Do you have a free earthquake app on your phone? Do you have the right equipment close at hand? Do you know what do during an earthquake? What to do afterward?

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Prepare for, Survive, And Live After an Earthquake

  1. 1. Prepare for, Survive, and Live After an
  2. 2. The USGS puts out a map of the likelihood of an earthquake in every part of the country. The link is further in this slideshow How Likely Is An Earthquake In Your Area?
  3. 3. Note That ‘Induced’ Earthquakes Are Becoming More Common
  4. 4. There is a 62% chance San Francisco will have 6.7 or worse earthquake by the year 2032. There is a 17-20% chance the Pacific Northwest will be hit by a magnitude 8 or greater in the next 50 years. Likelihood
  5. 5. Likelihood Here is an article about a large earthquake in the PNW.
  6. 6. No building is earthquake proof. As important as the building, is the foundation and the ground its built on. Below is Whidbey Island where we lived for a number of years. The ground is dirt and sand. What is your house, your workplace, your school, built on? Preparation: Your Home
  7. 7. USGS Earthquake Information This page lists latest earthquakes; statistics; catalog, real-time feeds and notifications and information by region. Click on map below.
  8. 8. If it’s not secured, it can move. Secure things hung on walls; with a closed hook to a stud. Anchor your furniture. Secure TVs, stereos, computer monitors. What is on your shelves? Your windows can be made of safety glass or cover them with shatter-resistant film. Ceiling fans and lights should be double-secured with an anchor chain. Water heaters should be strapped to the closest wall. Preparation: Your Home
  9. 9. It’s too late to prepare once the earthquake occurs. This sounds trite, but after every earthquake, most people list these following items as things they wished they had. Not only for the earthquake itself, but as importantly, for living afterwards in the chaos. A checklist is at the end of these items. What To Have Ready BEFORE
  10. 10. Family Locator-GPS Tracker for Android. Emergency Alert System for Apple. Earthquake Alert for Android. Family Locator-GPS Tracker for Android. Quake feed for Apple. Emergency Alert System for Apple. Apps are essential for warning, for summoning help and giving location, and for finding your family and friends. Also, remember that a text is more likely to get through than a voice call. Click on links below to get apps.
  11. 11. Enough for at least three days. Minimum is one gallon per person, per day. Double that for warm climates. 8 average 500ml water bottles is just over one gallon. A case of water (24 bottles) is the minimum three days supply per person. I recommend two cases per person. WATER
  12. 12. Non-perishables for three days minimum. Food that doesn’t require refrigeration. Don’t have food that will make you thirsty. Plan for infants and special dietary requirements. Keep separate and out of normal food rotation. Note expiration dates. Click on image for a good supply from the company that made our Long Range Patrol meals in Special Forces. It’s what we have on hand and in our grab-n-go bags. Also good for camping. FOOD
  13. 13. I have a variety of ration bars (click on each for link): ER Bar Grizzly Bear Emergency Food Rations DaTrex 3600 Below are some before going into a ziplock bag and into my Jeep. FOOD
  14. 14. Having high protein bars is a quick source of energy and doesn’t require cooking. Click on image. FOOD
  15. 15. Keep a flashlight within reach of your bed. I recommend battery power for emergencies rather than rechargeable. Below is an inexpensive D-Battery light and a single AAA light I keep in a sheath with my Leatherman Click on image. Flashlight & Spare Batteries
  16. 16. Know what the emergency broadcast stations are. Below is a hand crank radio/flashlight combo I have on hand and in all my grab-n-go bags. Click on image for link. Portable battery/hand crank radio.
  17. 17. There are plenty of prepared ones you can buy. Below is one I have in house and in grab-n-go bags. Click on image for link. Make sure you have medications to last a week. Extra glasses, contacts, etc. First Aid Kit
  18. 18. I recommend adding some emergency quick-clot bandages to your first aid kit. I keep these in the kits and carry one on my bike. It’s been used and I can verify it works. First Aid Kit
  19. 19. Make sure it’s charged and everyone knows where it is. Click on image. Fire Extinguisher
  20. 20. Power will be out. ATMs won’t work Store computer systems will have crashed. It will be a cash environment for a while. Until it’s a Zombie environment. I’d have you click on image, but instead, go to your ATM now. CASH
  21. 21. In addition to a basic tool set. A Pipe Wrench and an Adjustable Wrench
  22. 22. I always have the one on the left on my belt along with the single battery flashlight. It gets used every day. I have the vice grips Leatherman on the right in my Jeep and it gets used a lot. The flashlight was linked earlier. A Leatherman w/ small light
  23. 23. What about your pet? Food, medications, water?
  24. 24. How to turn off the water coming into the house. How to turn off the power. Where the safe spots in the house are. Where the family ERP- emergency rally point— outside the house where all will gather is. Who the single emergency point of contact is for the entire family. Everyone in your household needs to know:
  25. 25. Duck and cover. Get under something sturdy. Stay against an inside wall. Do not go near windows or outside until shaking stops. Only doorways that are in load-bearing walls are safe. Do not hold onto your pet— they’re smarter than you and will find a safe place. If in bed. Stay there. Unless you have that heavy mirror directly overhead. BTW have shoes and flashlight within reach of your bed. During An Earthquake If Indoors.
  26. 26. If driving, keep driving until you reach a safe place. Do not stop on or under an overpass, on bridges or any place that can collapse or close to a place that could collapse like a building. Stay away from power lines. Stay in the vehicle. If in a parking garage get out. During An Earthquake If Driving.
  27. 27. Get clear of anything that can collapse. Watch out for downed powerlines. Stay away from outside walls. Stay away from windows that could blow out. Be careful of gas leaks as pipes will break. Do not use open flame. During An Earthquake: If Outside
  28. 28. Evacuate if you live in a tsunami zone. Do not stop to gather any belongings. Get to higher ground. GET OUT. During An Earthquake: Tsunami
  29. 29. Do not light a match. Don’t move too much as you can cause further collapse. Tap on something, preferably a pipe, with something hard, rather than yell as you could inhale toxic dust. If you can see light and have a path, crawl toward it. If you encounter vertical rubble, check to see if it is load bearing before moving anything. During An Earthquake: If trapped.
  30. 30. Family Locator-GPS Tracker for Android. Emergency Alert System for Apple. Red Cross Hurricane App for Apple Red Cross Hurricane App for Android National Hurricane Center Web Site Earthquake Alert for Android. Family Locator-GPS Tracker for Android. Quake feed for Apple. Emergency Alert System for Apple.
  31. 31. Print Book
  32. 32. The book on the left is how you prepare NOW. The book on the right, is your guide to surviving an emergency or catastrophe given you’ve prepared. The handbook in the center is a discounted, distilled version of both books with the most important basics - click on cover for any. Print Book
  33. 33. I highly recommend getting at least one print copy of the survival manual. During an emergency you can’t count on an eBook. It’s pocket-sized— shown next to my trusty, old Ranger Handbook. I keep one in the glove compartment of each car, in every Grab-n-Go bag and also give them as gifts— the gift of life. Click on image for print version Print Book
  34. 34. New York Times bestselling author, graduate of West Point, former Green Beret, and feeder of two yellow Labs, most famously Cool Gus. He’s had over seventy books published, including the #1 bestselling series Time Patrol, Area 51, Atlantis, and the Green Berets. Born in the Bronx and having traveled the world he now lives peacefully with his wife and labs. Sort of. Free book below available HERE