Did you feel that? It's very likely that you heard this at least once yesterday after Southern California was struck by a moderate earthquake. Although this most recent quake was relatively small, it serves as a reminder to be prepared.
Several local news reporters were on the air when the earthquake hit yesterday morning and they immediately did what Californian's have been taught for decades. They took cover under their desk, seeking shelter from potential falling debris. Although many people on social media made light of their actions, they did exactly what they should have done.
When an earthquake hits: Drop! Cover! and Hold On!
Here are a couple of suggestions for being prepared:
- Have a plan and make sure your family knows it.
- Have enough food/water for several days.
- Keep and extra supply of prescription medicine.
- If you have pets, have extra food/water for them too.
- Keep an earthquake kit (flashlight, batteries, am/fm radio, first aid kit, spare clothes, etc).
- Know where your natural gas shut off valve is and how to turn it off.
These are just a few basic tips. There are plenty of websites that offer additional suggestions, tips, and even earthquake kits for sale.