All About Insurance: Are you prepared for aftermath of an earthquake?

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By Mike McGinness

Living in the Great Northwest, it’s understood that it is only a matter of time before the next earthquake strikes here.

Earthquakes have been destroying peoples’  lives around the world on a regular and increasing basis. On May 12, 2011 there were 18 recorded earthquakes that registered at 4.5 magnitude or above and several that registered just below that. This is a fairly typical day.

We all watched with great intensity and concern the destruction and loss of life as Japan was assaulted by a magnitude 9 earthquake on March 11, 2011, which also triggered a devastating tsunami. Thousands of lives were lost and billions of dollars damage was done.

For many, being prepared would not have helped because they were right in the heart of the disaster. But for so many others, being prepared could offer such relief and possibly save lives.

There is a lot of information available that can help us become more prepared for an earthquake. Although we can’t prepare for everything, we can never be too prepared.

Prepare an emergency kit:

Things you should include are:

  • Water – You should store 1 gallon of water per person per day, and you should store enough for at least three days.
    • It can be stored in sturdy plastic bottles  from juice or soft drinks.
    • Don’t forget water for your pet.
    • The water should be changed out about every six months,
  • Food – Ready to eat foods are best for storage.
    • Canned meats, vegetables and fruits
    • Canned juices
    • Vitamins
    • Again, don’t forget food for your pet.
    • Sweet treats, such as granola bars or cookies. These are not only comfort foods, but they will give a shot of energy.
    • Unless you have excess water stored, avoid foods that need to be rehydrated.
    • Along with your food you will need to include such things as can openers, eating utensils and dishware.
  • First Aid – The supplies for this kit could be stored in a tackle box, tool box, or any other container with a handle for ease of carrying.
    • First Aid Book
    • Antibiotic creams
    • Hydrogen peroxide for wound cleaning
    • Bandages
    • Gauze
    • Elastic Bandages
    • Soap
    • Scissors
    • Tweezers
    • Instant Cold Packs

These are just a few of the things you can begin to assemble to become better prepared. It can be a costly venture as you try to put these supplies together. But if you begin today by planning, and buying supplies a little at a time, you will be more prepared tomorrow than you were today or yesterday.

For more suggestions and help go to the American Red Cross site.


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