You, my design clients, past, present and future, are very precious to me.
In light of the several small earthquakes that have occurred over the last several days, I write this in the hope that you have already taken some safety measures. If this is one of those tasks that is in the “I’ve got to do this sometime soon” category this is the time…..
- Do you know WHERE and HOW to turn off the gas, water and electricity coming into your home? Pipe wrench & crescent wrenches are often needed for this.
- Is your hot water heater secure so that it won’t fall over with severe shaking?
- Are heavy bookcases anchored to the wall?
- Is the head of your bed free of objects that could fall on you either from the wall or from a shelf?
- Are your treasures secured on shelves or mantels with “Earthquake Hold” (it’s a kind of modeling clay that sticks to the object and the surface it sits on). Get at the hardware store.
For ANY Emergency:
- Flashlights..one near your bed and spare batteries.
- Portable radio with spare batteries MOST phones will be out of order
- First Aid kit….this includes medications for you and other family members for 1 week.
- Food: Non perishable canned or dehydrated ( camping stores like REI have dehydrated food) CAN OPENER, boxed milk, dried cereals, fruits and nuts are good nutrition sources. Have enough for at least 72 hours. Protein bars are also good…keep a variety and rotate. Also, some utensils….knives, spoons etc. Babywipes and toielt paper, too.
- WATER in airtight containers…rotate every 6 months. 3 GALLONS Per PERSON PER DAY for 72 hours.
- Fire extinguisher…Class ABC extinguishers are designed to be safe on any type of fire. ( Electrical, grease, or gas)
Other things to think about:
- Clothing: Clean socks for everyone; diapers for babies; underwear ; something warm for everyone. Toilet paper, babywipes.
- Have some cash…banks may not be operational.
We have small individual kits in our car trunks as well.
Our family is scattered all over California, so I have asked everyone to call our daughter, who lives in Massachusetts, to tell her they are safe when they are able to.
I hope this helps with your planning …and I hope we never have to use it.
I’m sure there are other things you all can think of but I wanted to get you thinking and DOING to get yourself prepared….
With all best wishes that we NEVER have to use these kits,
Carol Spong, ASID