Be prepared: things to keep in your earthquake emergency kit

Ways to prepare for an earthquake

YUMA, Ariz. - Last Thursday's 6.4 and Friday's 7.1 magnitude earthquakes in Southern California triggered a state of emergency in the desert town of Ridgecrest, Calif. Residents in Yuma said they felt the earthquake as well.

Yuma resident Alexander Schmitt said he was getting a tattoo when he felt the earthquake. "I was laying on a chair and getting another tattoo," Schmitt said. "My artist felt it, then he stopped and went to talk to his wife. She was super scared.

Here are some things you should keep in your emergency to-go bag to be prepared when the next earthquake hits.

First aid kit: A decent well-stocked kit, including a couple of weeks' supply of any prescription medications you need. Also, include pharmaceutical grade crazy (skin) glue.

Cash:  Plenty of cash because depending on the event credit cards may not be useful. Consider having about $100-$200 in ones, that way you never need change. A couple of quarter rolls could come in handy.

One set of clothing: Think layers.

A blanket: To keep you warm; consider a Mylar emergency blanket, which is lightweight and packs up small.

Crank-style flashlight: Or snap lights such as glow-sticks.

Whistle: Good for locating people in a crowd, at night or in low visibility conditions.

Crank style or battery operated radio: Broadcasters might be available, even if cellular networks fail.

Nonperishable food: Energy bars are good and take up little space.

Water: Remember to always stay hydrated.

Goggles: Protect your eyes.

Hand and feet warmers: Get the carbon activated kind; they work great.

Big black trash bags: For use as a poncho, or cut open to make a tent.

Plastic Sheeting.

Copies of documents: Passport, driver's license, insurance, and any other important documents.

Paper street map: GPS might go down.


Maxi Pads: Can also be used as a bandage if needed.

Copy of your ID.

Sticky pad, pen, and pencil.

Comfortable sturdy pair of shoes.

Three underwear, three pairs of socks.

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