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The Question:

Please tell me what to do during an earthquake and what earthquake supplies to keep on hand.

The Answer:

The basic rules for earthquake safety are as follows. Take cover (under a table or in a doorway) if you are inside and find open space (away from buildings and power lines) if you are outside. If you are in a car, you should remain in the car and stay away from bridges and tunnels.

Make your own earthquake kit with these materials:

  • Water and water purification tablets
  • Canned or packaged food, a can opener
  • Warm clothing, blankets, diapers (if relevant), wash cloths, gloves, goggles, and a face mask
  • Sunscreen, burn medicine, bandages, scissors, tweezers, cotton balls, peroxide, any prescription drugs you need, and toilet paper
  • Cash
  • Family photos
  • Pen and paper
  • Candles, matches, flashlights, extra batteries, and a portable radio

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