• By Albert Depew

Earthquake Preparedness

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So, you're interested in what you can do to prepare for an earthquake. We're not exactly on the San Andreas fault here in Carson Country, but we're too close for comfort. That's why it pays to be prepared and by checking into this page, you are at least curious! We put together some useful tips, borrowed from experts, that we hope will prepare you to reduce potential property damage and help you survive should a quake hit. Check out the items below for more information. If you have questions or comments or need additional information call us at 887-2210 or use our online feedback form or send us an e-mail message. Thank you for your interest.

72 Hour Emergency Kit

To cover unexpected emergencies for up to 72 hours in duration we recommend an individual 72 Hour Emergency Kit containing essentials to support you for this period of time. All contents should fit into a 5-gallon bucket and will support one person.

Don't Forget Your Pets

When preparing your home for an earthquake, don't forget to include your pets on the list. They will depend on you even more after an earthquake to take care of them and their needs.

Earthquake Supplies Checklist

Stocking up now on emergency supplies can add to your safety and comfort during and after an earthquake. Store enough supplies for at least 72 hours. This list is a good general organizer.

Family Preparation

When preparing for an earthquake, plan on having enough supplies to get you and your family through at least the first 72 hours. After a major earthquake, there's a good chance that traditional emergency response teams will be too busy to take care of you and your family. You need to prepare your home and neighborhood.

How to Secure Your Water Heater

If you strap your water heater and fit it with a flexible gas supply line, you will reduce the risk of a fire or explosion from a gas leak after an earthquake. If your water heater does not have a flexible gas supply line, contact a licensed plumber to install one.

Need More Information?

If what we've presented is not sufficient to your needs may we suggest you check out these links for further information about earthquake preparedness.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

After an earthquake or other disaster, emergency response agencies could be overburdened and might not be able to get to your neighborhood immediately. You and your neighbors or co-workers may need to take the initial emergency response actions and take care of others for at least 72 hours.

Preparing the Physically Challenged for an Earthquake

If you are physically challenged or have physically challenged family members or friends, you may find these tips useful in dealing with an earthquake.

Preparing Children for an Earthquake

Children need to be prepared for an earthquake as much as adults, if not more. Here are some tips you may find useful.

Securing Your Possessions

You can secure the contents of your home or office to reduce hazards. You should secure anything heavy enough to hurt you if it falls on you. Here are steps you should take to secure your possessions.

Senior Citizen Earthquake Preparation

Seniors may find these tips useful as a guide to prepare for an earthquake...what you can do before, during, and after a quake.

The Causes of Earthquakes

It's probably not something you think about first when earthquakes are mentioned, but knowing what causes these shakers can help you understand your surroundings.

Tips for Apartment and Mobile Home Park Managers

You shouldn't depend on your tenants to know what to do in an emergency. It will be up to you to get them and your building ready for an earthquake. More importantly, you will want to prepare people to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours after an earthquake.

Tips for People Using Life Support Systems

This fact sheet is designed to provide a checklist for activities for People with Disabilities to improve your emergency preparedness in an earthquake. It is designed to be used in conjunction with regular American Red Cross preparedness information.