Earthquake Supplies Kit and Emergency Preparedness (cont.)
In this Article
- How can I be prepared for an earthquake?
- What are earthquake practice drills?
- What are earthquake evacuation plans?
- What type of priorities and personal documentation paperwork should I prepare?
- What should I do during an earthquake?
- Indoor safety
- Outdoor safety
- What are emergency supplies for earthquake preparedness?
- First aid kit
- Survival kit for your home
- Survival kit for your automobile
- Survival kit for your workplace
- Food and water
- Emergency water storage and purification
- What are safe water sources in the home?
- What are unsafe water sources?
- What water is safe for drinking and cooking?
- What about emergency food?
- How should I store store emergency food?
- How should I use use emergency food?
- Find a local Doctor in your town
Survival kit for your workplace
Assemble a survival kit for the workplace with the following supplies:
- Food (nonperishable -- nutrition bars, trail mix, etc.)
- Bottled water
- Jacket or sweatshirt
- Pair of sturdy shoes
- Flashlight with fresh batteries
- Battery-operated radio with fresh batteries
- Essential medications
- Small first aid kit
- Extra pair of eyeglasses and/or contact lens solution
- Whistle or other signaling device
Food and Water Concerns
Emergency Water Storage And Purification
Following are recommendations for storing and purifying water supplies.
- The minimum drinking water supply is 1 gallon per
person per day. You will also need water for food preparation, bathing, brushing
teeth, and dish washing. Store a 3-5 day supply of water (at least 5 gallons for
- Water should be stored in sturdy plastic bottles with tight-fitting lids.
Rinsed chlorine bleach bottles work well for water storage. Plastic containers
for juice and milk do not work as well because they tend to crack and leak more
readily. All containers should be labeled.
- Stored water should be changed every 6 months.
- Avoid placing water containers in areas where toxic substances, such as gasoline and pesticides, are present. Vapors may penetrate the plastic over time.
Do not store water containers in direct sunlight. Select a place with a fairly constant, cool temperature.
Safe Water Sources In The Home
If you do not have enough water stored, there are sources in your home that may provide safe, clean water for drinking purposes.
- Water drained from the water heater faucet, if the water heater has not been
- Water dipped from the tank of the toilet (not the bowl). The water in the
bowl can be used for pets. Do not use water that has been chemically treated or
- Melted ice cubes.
- Canned fruit, vegetable juice, and liquids from other canned goods.
- Water from swimming pools and spas can be used for personal hygiene, cleaning, and related uses, but not for drinking.
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