Having essentials on hand will make you less reliant on post-quake emergency services that may not be easily available. It will also mean you can stay in your home instead of seeking food, water and first aid out in the world.
You can buy a pre-packed earthquake kit online or at your local hardware store, or you can make a home earthquake kit yourself.
Get yourself a new trash can with a waterproof lid, or a sealable waterproof storage box to keep in your garage, basement or closet, and put in it things you will absolutely need in your home after an earthquake.
Some of the Essential items are:
- Canned foods
- Manual can opener
- Portable Radio
- Dust mask
- Emergency cash in small bills
- Wrenches to turn off gas and water supplies
- First aid kit
- Copies of vital documents such as insurance policies, medical consent forms and emergency contacts, doctor's names, prescription lists, personal ID all stored in a water-resistant folder
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