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earthquake-alertEarthquakes happen... and it's not just a West Coast phenomena. Some of the most damaging earthquakes in American History occurred in Missouri!

We'll be providing a lot of different disaster survival tips throughout National Preparedness Month in September with a focus on this year's theme “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” - but deeper into the plans you need to create as well.

So if, for instance, you are living in Kansas you might think often of Tornadoes, but you should include earthquake and flooding in your plans as well. Other considerations which may not come to mind during the extreme heat of September is what do plan for Winter and Extreme cold.

We would like all our readers to learn about and consider all possible disasters - and how to survive them.

Now - let's look at Earthquakes...

Earthquake & Emergency Survival Kits

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72 Hours & Longer Emergency Disaster Preparedness Kits

EarthQuake-seizmicEarthquake Safety is a bit different from other catastrophes… many natural disasters give warning: from weather watches and alerts, to news, even to seasonal likelihood. Earthquakes give no warning. Earth quakes are sudden and can be scary and devastating. First, remember to drop, cover, and hold on. The best thing you can do during an earthquake is to ride it out safely. If you can get under a large and sturdy piece of furniture, this is the safest place to avoid collapsing ceiling or walls, flying debris, and other hazards. If you have no furniture to crawl under, consider interior hallways (if you can put your back against one wall and brace your legs against the opposite, hallways in frame houses are generally more heavily constructed/timbered than other rooms.) or the “Triangle of Life” (lay down along the floor in front your sofa, or on the long edge of your bed – this may help shield you from collapsing ceilings, and even if the roof comes down, you may be able to earthquake-emoji4crawl out an end or have air to breathe underneath.) For Earthquake preparedness, the normal considerations apply, food, water, communication, shelter… but also think about what will happen when the ground starts shaking and jumping… think “Secure”… strap down that water heater, attach any large pieces of furniture to the walls – if something would hurt if it fell over on you – make sure it won’t. Oh, don’t forget the gas and water shut off tool – the most common hazards (other than aftershocks) immediately following an earthquake are flooding from ruptured water lines and asphyxiation and/or explosion from broken gas lines.earthquake-fault

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