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What Needs to be in an Earthquake Emergency Kit

Its not the way you want to wake up in the morning. A 4.4 magnitude earthquake rattled the Bay area near Berkeley. It was reported at 2:39a near the Hayward Fault. People felt it from the North Bay to San Jose but the great news is there is no damage or injuries.

 

But it’s situations like this that get us thinking. Are prepared for big one? Experts say that we need to have an earthquake emergency kit but what goes in it? Here are a few suggestions.

  • Waterone gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

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