Natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods, and earthquakes happen all the time. Earthquakes are unique in one way however; there is no way to predict them and they can happen at any time without warning.
Because of that, being prepared ahead of time is extremely important and on this page we are going to give you some earthquake survival tips. We will tell you what to do before, during, and after an earthquake to keep you and your family safe.
Preparing for an Earthquake
Learning how to prepare for an earthquake could literally save your life. Proper preparation will protect you from falling objects and ensure that you have the supplies you need if you are without modern conveniences like running water, electricity, heat, etc.
To prevent injury from falling objects it’s a good idea to secure any heavy items, or things that might fall down. Things like bookcases, refrigerators, and other furniture or appliances should be secured to the wall.
It’s also a good idea to know where all of the shutoffs are for your various utilities. If your house suffers damage during an earthquake you may need to be able to shut off the water, gas, electricity etc. It’s important that all of your family members know where the shutoffs are and how to use them.
What to Do during an Earthquake
For earthquake survival, many experts recommend the “Drop, Cover and Hold On” strategy. What this strategy means is that you should get down on the ground, crawl under something sturdy for cover to protect you from falling objects, and hold onto something.
It’s important to drop down to the ground because an earthquake can knock you off your feet and you may be injured in a fall. Finding cover, like getting under a sturdy table, will protect you from falling items or debris. And holding on can help prevent injury because if you are taking cover under a table, holding onto it will allow you to move with the table if it slides back and forth.
One thing you should not do is try to leave the building you’re in. Trying to exit the building when an earthquake strikes is dangerous because you can fall down or you can be struck by falling objects.
What to Do after an Earthquake
Because earthquakes strike without warning, what you do after an earthquake depends on how you have prepared for it in advance.
For basic human survival, we all need food, water, and shelter. You should store enough fresh water for each of your family members to use 1 gallon of water per day and it’s a good idea to store enough water to last you at least three days in the event of an emergency.
You should also store enough food to last you for three days. Stock up on canned goods because they have an incredibly long shelf life.
You’ll also want to keep a first aid kit handy in case of any injuries. You may also want to consider taking a CPR/first aid class. In an emergency situation, it can take a long time for first responders to get to you. If you are in a situation where you have only yourself to rely on, it’s good to have some basic first aid training.
If a big earthquake hits, utilities can be knocked out for several days. It’s a good idea to have extra blankets to keep warm and you should also have food items on hand that don’t require cooking so that you can eat them even if you don’t have electricity or gas service.
Take some time to think about any other items you might need if you are in a situation where utilities are shut off and the shelves at the grocery store are empty. If you take prescription medication, make sure you have enough on hand to last for at least a few days. Have things like matches, candles, flashlights and extra batteries on hand.
Keep a portable, weatherproof radio to get important news updates. These are some suggestions but if you can think of anything else you may need, make sure you have that in your earthquake survival kit.
For additional information on how to survive an earthquake, or any other natural disaster I would recommend that you check out a survival guide called Sold Out After Crisis. This guide will tell you about the different food items that you won’t be able to get at the grocery store when disaster strikes.
It will also tell you about a number of other items that you should stock up on and how to get these items inexpensively. The guide is full of tips and practical information that may save your life one day.