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Follow Your Plan During an Earthquake or Other Emergencies

earthquakeYou are getting a good night sleep and are happily dreaming, when all of a sudden you are thrown out of bed.  You feel disoriented and confused.  Your wife is screaming and the kids are crying.  You get to your feet and try to find a flashlight.  Now this is easy because you kept one in the dresser next to your bed.  The batteries are in good shape and you look around and realize you have been hit with an earthquake.

What do you do next?  You check on your wife and kids.  After you have calmed them down and treated them for minor injuries, you start to look around. …

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It is Time to Review Your Earthquake Guidelines

earthquake guidelinesAbout once a year or so I put up a list of earthquake guidelines, after the recent earthquake in Nepal, I thought now would be a good time.   Every year or so I review these to keep them fresh in my mine and to make sure that I have not become lackadaisical in my preps.  Over time like most people I will let things slip if I don’t consciously check them.

So here are some earthquake guidelines.

If you are inside when the shaking starts, you should:

  • Drop, cover, and hold on.  Move only a few steps to a nearby safe place. 
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Utilities and Earthquakes


With all the recent earthquakes, I have done a small unscientific survey to see how many people that I knew that could shut off their utilities in an emergency.  Now I am not talking about preppers, but the public in general.

The results were dismal, it was amazing how few knew how to shut of their utilities, and I am just not talking about women and kids, several of the men didn’t know

Now this is an easy thing to show your family and friends even if they are not preppers.  If you are talking about earthquakes in the news, you can do this without blowing your operational secrecy.…

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Earthquakes can Occur Anywhere and at Anytime, Are Your Preps Safe?


It has been quite a while since I have posted an article on earthquakes and in the last couple of days; several people have mentioned the subject to me.  So I thought now was a good time to post on this subject.  Now I know that earthquakes are much more common in some areas than others.  For instance, Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area have small ones on almost a daily basis and eventually will have the big one.

What about the rest of the country?  If you look at the 20 largest earthquakes on record in the United States, you will see that they have occurred in Alaska, Hawaii, California and Missouri. …

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Guidelines to Help You in an Earthquake.


San Francisco Earthquake 1989

A severe earthquake is one of the most frightening and destructive phenomena of nature.  An earthquake is a sudden, rapid shaking of the earth, caused by the breaking and shifting of subterranean rock.  This is caused by strains that have accumulated over time.  Earthquakes give no warnings and can cause terrible damage.

I have been thinking about earthquakes lately and in doing some research, ran across some maps of earthquake prone areas.  Here is the link,  As you can see earthquakes can occur in most states and seem to be occurring more frequently.

Here are some basic guidelines to help you prepare for a possible earthquaHke.…

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The Shelter box

This picture gives you some idea of the size and weight of the box.

While doing some research on disasters in third world countries, I came across something called a Shelterbox. This is a box containing a shelter and assorted items  to provide heat and cooking facilities after a disaster.  The charity that provides these to third world countries figure they cost one thousand dollars each including shipping and storage.

While you cannot buy one already made up they have designed a nice compact package that would be very useful in a bug out situation or if you lost the use of your home. …

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Glass Jars and Earthquakes

A simple piece of one by four secured to the front of your shelves will help keep your jars in place during a earthquake.

A simple piece of one by four secured to the front of your shelves will help keep your jars in place during a earthquake.

The other day I watched Doomsday Preppers, in this episode they showed someone who was concerned about earthquakes.  When they showed his storage area, there were many glass jars sitting on shelves that were unprotected.  In an earthquake, these would all have fallen to the ground.

I live in earthquake country and also store some foods in glass jars.  To protect mine I do one of two things.  I store mason jars in their original boxes and place them in areas where they are not likely to fall. …

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Earthquake Safety

In light of the earthquake on the east coast, I though now may be the time to post some reminders about earthquake safety.

If you are inside when the shaking starts, you should:

• Drop, cover, and hold on.  Move only a few steps to a nearby safe place.  Most people
injured in earthquakes move more than ten feet during the shaking.

• If you are elderly or have a mobility impairment, remain where you are, bracing
yourself in place.

• If you are in bed, stay there, hold on, and protect your head with a pillow. You are
less likely to be injured if you stay in bed. …

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How to Turn off Your Gas Meter

In case of an earthquake, fire, or gas leak it is important that you know how to turn off the natural gas at the meter.   First know where your gas meter is located.  If you live in an apartment there may be several meters, find out before hand which is yours.  Do not shut off the gas unless you smell gas, hear gas escaping, or see a broken gas line or if you suspect a gas leak.gas meter

It is really pretty simple to turn the gas off.  There is a valve on the pipe coming into the meter that takes a quarter turn to shut it off. …

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What Type of Fire Extinguisher Do You need?

Fire extinguishers are something that no home should be without.  In my experience I have seen small fires turn into big ones for the simple lack of an extinguisher.

There are many different types of extinguishers,  but today I plan to discuss only the ABC extinguisher.  They are by far the most versatile and my personal choice.

ABC – This is the multipurpose dry chemical extinguisher. The ABC type is filled with monoammonium phosphate, a yellow powder.  The chemical is non-conductive and can be mildly corrosive if moisture is present. In order to avoid corrosion, it is necessary to scrub and thoroughly cleanup the contacted area once the fire is out.…

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