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Preparing For The Worst Before The Earthquake

preparing for the worst before the earthquake

There are few regions of the United States that could be considered to be free of the threat of earthquakes. Some places are naturally safer than others, and serious earthquakes are unlikely in the Upper Midwest and along the Gulf Coast. The New Madrid Seismic Zone can cause major earthquakes in the area of Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Kentucky. A pocket of earthquake activity is possible in North and South Carolina and Georgia. As would be expected, the entire region west of the Rocky Mountains is in a severe earthquake zone. Those living in Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico are also at risk and should take precautions.

Food and Water

An earthquake that measures high on the Richter Scale can produce massive disruption to normal services such as electricity, water, and gas. In addition, it is also possible that the roads going to your area will be destroyed and goods will not be able to get into the local stores. Generally, these disruptions are of a fairly short duration, but emergencies and disasters can result in services being unavailable for weeks. And, not only will good not be able to enter your area, you may not be able to get out.

Rather than be caught totally unprepared, you should create an emergency supply of food and water before the earthquake strikes. There are several ways that emergency water can be obtained – you can purchase bottled water from the store, bottle up your own tap water, use water purification tablets for use with suspect water near your home, or use a water filter for this type of water source. In any event, you should have emergency water enough to last for at least 3 days, and preferably longer.

An emergency food supply is just as important as water, and purchasing premade kits of food is probably the easiest way to provide for this. This type of food will usually have a shelf life of several decades if stored properly. You can also accumulate your emergency food from canned or dehydrated food that you prepare yourself. Canned food and other non-perishable foods from the store also make a good emergency food source.

First Aid

Accidents and injuries can happen at any time, and will be even more likely during an earthquake emergency. A basic first aid kit will allow you to handle most minor injuries without trouble. Bear in mind that the ordinary emergency medical services may be unavailable during this time, so keep a few extra items on hand to deal with more serious injuries such as Celox and Universal Splint.


In the event that your home is either completely destroyed by an earthquake or damaged so badly as to be uninhabitable, you will have to see to shelter, especially if it is impossible to leave the area because the roads are ruined. If possible, if you do live in an earthquake zone, have a good quality tent on hand to provide emergency shelter if needs be. It would also be a good idea to provide for emergency lighting, either with battery powered or liquid fuel lanterns, as well.