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Earthquake Preparedness

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PLAN: Develop a "buddy" system with family, friends, neighbors and coworkers. Join or organize a neighborhood network group ( Neighborhood Network ) in your area. Plan how you will help each other in an emergency. If you live alone, you may wish to give your buddy a key to your home. Make a list of your medications, allergies, special equipment, names, address, and telephone numbers of your doctor, pharmacy, family members, friends, and any other important information. Give a copy to each buddy and keep a copy with you at all times.

PREPARE : Eliminate hazards in your home. Securely anchor medical equipment, heavy appliances, bookcases, hanging plants, and other items. Place heavy objects on the lowest shelves. Move beds away from windows. Check hallways, exits, doorways, and other areas and remove hazards and obstructions that may impede your safe exit after an earthquake. Install security nightlights to provide emergency lighting if power is interrupted.

Gather emergency supplies. Assemble a 72-hour emergency supply kit to include water, any special diet foods, sanitary aids, cooking and eating utensils, flashlight and radio with extra batteries and bulbs, blankets, a change of clothing, and a whistle for signaling for assistance. Include a well-stocked first aid kit, with extra prescription medications and an extra pair of glasses. Store extra batteries for hearing aids, wheelchairs and other battery-operated equipment. Have a non-electrically powered telephone on hand in case the power goes out. Keep a mini-survival kit in your car.

SPECIAL TIPS : If you are deaf or hearing impaired, keep a battery-operated television on hand, with fresh batteries, for receiving emergency information if the power is out. Store flashlight, pencil and pad for communicating. Arrange for hearing friends or coworkers to relay information that is broadcast by radio.

If you are blind or have impaired vision, keep extra canes in strategic areas around your home. Plan alternate evacuation routes from home and office. Store extra pet food and supplies for your guide dog.

If you use a wheelchair, tie to it a lightweight drawstring bag containing your medications, your special emergency sanitary aids, a small flashlight and a whistle for emergency use or evacuation. Determine a least two usable exits from each room and from your building. Store extra batteries for our wheelchair, and a charger for your rechargeable batteries. Participate in earthquake drills, moving to cover, if possible, locking the wheels, and protecting your head with your arms, a pillow, lap robe, books or any handy object.

The above information was developed by the Governor's Office of Emergency Services and was edited by Carol Felixson. 02/96


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