On March 28, a little after 9 pm, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake centered in La Habra rocked Southern California residents. It was followed by dozens of aftershocks. It is only a matter of time before the big one hits. Are you prepared? The California Earthquake Authority has been running awareness campaigns since the recent earthquake to reinforce the message of earthquake preparedness.
Are you prepared for the worst?
If there were a major earthquake in your area, there may be an interruption of major services that could last several weeks. You may not have electricity, cell phone service, clean running water, or even gas. You should be prepared to take care of you and your family’s basic needs for a minimum of a week.
Recommended Emergency Supply Kit
- Water. A minimum of 1 gallon of water per person for at least 5 days. This is for drinking and sanitation.
- 5-day supply of non-perishable food.
- Battery powered or hand crank radio.
- First aid kit.
- Wrench or pliers to turn off gas lines or other utilities.
- Can opener.
- Dust mask and plastic sheeting and duct tape to make a clean air shelter if necessary.
- Any special food or supplies you need for your small children or pets, such as diapers, formula, or pet food.
- Sleeping bags or warm blankets for each person.
- Fire extinguisher.
- Water purifier filters, tablets or bleach. 16 drops of plain bleach in a gallon of water can disinfect it.
- Plastic bags, moist towlettes, and twist ties for personal sanitation.
- Walkie talkies with batteries.
- Emergency supply of cash.
- Plastic or paper cups, dishes, utensils, and towels or napkins.
- Matches in a waterproof container.
This is a partial list that includes only the basics. More resources about emergency supply kits can be found at: http://www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit
There are also complete, ready-made emergency supply kits available for purchase online.
What to Do After an Earthquake
The Red Cross has a good checklist with information about What to Do After an Earthquake. It is recommended to print it out and keep it with your kit.
Your Regular Insurance Policy Does Not Cover Damage Caused By Earthquakes
Your homeowners, personal, or business insurance does not cover damage caused by earthquakes. This includes fires, floods, mudflows, or other damage that resulted from the shaking of the earthquake. Separate earthquake policies are available for your home, condo, rental, or business property.
Call ERM Insurance in Irvine to learn more about Earthquake Insurance for Orange County. (949) 222-0444