Do you live in a part of the world that is prone to shaking? Then having some preparations arranged just in case a big one hits is
Some supplies are going to be important in any disaster, earthquake or otherwise. Things like candles, flashlights, several days of stored food, extra clothes and first aid supplies. These are still your basic survival supplies. They all apply during an earthquake, just like any other situation. But in quake country, you should take a few extra precautions:
More First-Aid Supplies
Unlike the usual storm-related power outage, an earthquake is going to cause a lot of damage and there is huge risk of injury. Beef up your kit with additional gauze, tape, splints, antibiotic creams and sutures. If you see quakes in your future, take a good first-aid course so you have the skills to manage these injuries.
To account for the likely damages, have a stock of plywood, nails, tarp and duct tape on hand. Broken windows or holes in the roof can be patched up if you have the right materials and trying to buy this stuff after an earthquake is going to be impossible.
Protect Your Supplies
This is one case where keeping food or other goods in glass jars is a risky idea. Cans and tough plastic containers are a better bet, and keep them in a secure part of the house. Anything that comes in glass, light plastic, paper or other flimsy packaging should either be avoided or repacked into sturdier containers.
Get your house ready for a quake before one hits. Tall pieces of furniture should be secured to the walls so nothing tips over, and don’t pack high shelves with breakable knick knacks. Figure out the safest spots in your home, and make sure everyone knows to dive there when the shaking starts. Door ways and under heavy tables are two easy ones to focus on. Check around outside your house too. Are there any trees or branches sure to fall on your home or power lines if they were to fall? Deal with them now.
Have a Bug Out Plan
Many disasters can be ridden out in the safety (and relative comfort) of your own home, but an earthquake can spoil those plans pretty quickly. Damage or outright destruction can mean you have no choice but to get moving. Have a plan to find a safe place after an earthquake, along with a bug-out bag to quickly grab and go. Possibly even have a tent and camping gear stored away. At the least, that would give you shelter in your yard temporarily.
Mainly, an earthquake is more destructive than many other potential emergencies, so you need to have the right supplies on hand to deal with damage and injury.