If you live anywhere near a fault line, there’s always a chance that you will find yourself caught in the middle of an earthquake. If the earthquake is large enough, it could create a situation where it’s impossible for you to get supplies, water, electricity, or health care. Planning ahead is the best way to make sure you can survive even a massive earthquake.
Store Emergency Water
The most important thing you need to have on hand at all times when you live on or near a fault line is plenty of water. Always keep plenty of water bottles filled and stored in each room of your home. It’s also a good idea to have a water filter that you can use to purify additional water in case the city water lines become contaminated or completely destroyed following the earthquake.
A Bug Out Bag
Bug out bags aren’t only for people who live on the edge of civilization. Even city dwellers need to have one packed up and ready to go. Believe me, if you get caught in the middle of a large earthquake, you’ll be grateful for your bug out bag. At all times, you should have basic food items, a small tent, a camping axe, flashlight, and basic first aid kit tucked into your bug out bag. Whether you have to leave your home to get to a safer location, or you get trapped in your home and have to wait for safety crews to dig you out, the items in your bug out bag will keep you alive and healthy.
If you live on a fault line, you shouldn’t get into the habit of only having enough food in your home to get you through a few days. Set aside space in your pantry for emergency supplies such as dried grains, canned goods, beans, and dried meats and veggies. The dried food you can eat without cooking, however it’s not a bad idea to keep a camping stove on hand so you can cook tastier meals as well. Remember, you don’t know how long following an earthquake it will be before you can go to the store for groceries.
As much as we would like to think otherwise, disaster doesn’t bring out the best in people. It tends to have the opposite effect. One of the biggest problems people encounter after a natural disaster such as an earthquake is looting. Don’t assume that the local police will be able to keep you, your family, and your stuff safe. They’re already going to have their hands full. It’s up to you to provide your own security. In addition to a good dog, a shotgun really is your best security. Prior to an earthquake, purchase a tactical light for your shotgun so you can use it after dark.
In addition to a shotgun, you should make sure each member of your family has a container of pepper spray and something that makes a great deal of noise on them at all times. Both of these things are key elements for keeping someone safe, even when they are unable to reach a weapon. It’s also not a bad idea to take some self-defense classes to learn basic one-on-one combat strategies for self-defense.
Following an earthquake, the odds of you being able to get to professional medical help if you’re hurt are minimal, and even if you can make it to a hospital, it’s difficult to know if anyone will be there to take care of you. That’s why you need several good first aid kits in your house. Each kit should contain a generous supply of antiseptic creams, bandages, splints, and pain killers. If you take prescription medication, you should also keep a few days supply of it in your first aid kit. If you live on a fault line, always get your prescriptions refilled before you run out of the medication you need. Better yet, keep an extra week or two of medications on hand just in case of emergencies.
The key to surviving both the earthquake and the aftermath is being aware of the world around you. Sit down with your family and discuss what you’ll do in the event of an earthquake and how and where you’ll reunite should you be separated at the time.
If you want to survive an earthquake, it’s important to plan ahead. While we all hope that we never face these kinds of emergencies, it’s always better to have a plan in place just in case. What steps is your family taking to be prepared?