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1. Always have at least one week of your medications with you at all times. Most insurance companies allow you to refill your medications 7 days early. Always fill your medication during this period and you can build up a good supply of extra medications.
2. Don’t forget your pets when planning. Always have carriers and supplies for pets for at least a week. And make sure they are in an easy to get to. If you need to evacuate you will need to be able to safely transport your pets and take supplies like food, water, and litter with you.
3. Cash will be king if there is no electricity. Have at least $200 of cash on hand at all times. I’d say go even farther and have $200 cash for each person in your family.
4. Be prepared in both your car and at home. You can’t predict where you will be when an earthquake happens. Have supplies in both your home and car.
5. Keep quick “get away kits” in your bedroom. These kits should have clothes and walking shoes in them in case an earthquake happens in the middle of the night.
6. Prepare a communication plan. It is possible that during an earthquake you can be separated from your family, have a plan in place of who to call or where to meet to be reunited.
7. Don’t forget your eyes. If you wear contacts or prescription glasses include an extra pair in your kit. Earthquakes can cause damage and glasses can easily be lost or broken and contacts cloudy. Have an extra pair.
8. Be prepared with supplies for at least a week. Most experts advise at least having 72 hours of supplies, but I would have at least 1 week just to be safe. Here is a good site that talks about how to build a kit.
9. Talk to your family (especially your children) about what to expect during and after an earthquake. Earthquakes can be scary for everyone. Empower your little ones with the knowledge of what can happen and what they should do during and after an earthquake.
10. Have earthquake drills. Practice going to safe places away from glass and staying calm.
What else should you do to prepare for an earthquake or natural disaster?