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The Loma Prieta Earthquake (7.1 magnitude) struck on October 17, 1989 at 5:04 p.m. The earthquake caught many unprepared to deal with the effects that occurred immediately after. Many Watsonville residents could not go back into their homes-some because of damage and others because of fear. The earthquake lasted for 15 seconds. The impacts lasted for many years after.
Before an earthquake happens-be prepared. Here are some tips from www.ready.gov:
- Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
- Fasten shelves securely to walls and place large, or heavy objects on lower shelves.
- Store weed killers, pesticides, flammable products and any breakable items securely on bottom shelves with latches.
- Fasten heavy items such as pictures and mirrors securely to walls and away from beds, couches and anywhere people sit.
- Brace overhead light fixtures and top heavy objects.
- Secure your water heater, refrigerator, furnace and gas appliances by strapping them to the wall studs and bolting to the floor.
- Locate safe spots in each room under a sturdy table or against an inside wall.
- Hold earthquake drills with your family members: Drop, cover and hold on.
Your emergency kit could include the following:
- Water, one 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 and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- 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, inverter or solar charger
In addition to the basics above, also consider including the following:
- Prescription medications and glasses
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.
- Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes.
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
There are many more items to consider based on the needs of you and your family. Go to http://www.ready.gov/kit for a recommended supplies list from FEMA .
Don’t get caught unprepared. Be ready.
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