Almost two weeks ago, our local town was rocked by a 6.0 earthquake. I have already blogged about our experience the day of the event. Since we have been doing cleanup and dealing with the aftermath, we have discovered some things we need to do differently in order to be prepared for another disaster.
Hollow Wall Anchors/Screws
Anchor your furniture to the wall.
As you can see from the photo above, we had a large safe fall forward. We also had a hutch on top of a dresser fall over as well an electric fireplace and a flat screen TV. We have since wall-mounted the replacement TV and we will be anchoring everything else to the wall. We are leaving the safe in its tilted position for the time being, in case of aftershocks (of which we have had quite a few).
Maglite – 4-cell D Display Box Black
Keep a flashlight by your bed (preferably in a drawer).
We were lucky that Art always keeps a mini flashlight in his nightstand drawer. Bud also had a flashlight, but it was on top of his nightstand and rolled off. I used the flashlight app on my cell phone, but I think it would have been much easier if we’d all had a flashlight to reach for.
Energizer – D Cell Alkaline Battery (20500 mAh – D – Alkaline – 1.5 V DC)
Don’t forget the batteries!!
Fortunately we had a few small flashlights in operation, as well as one battery operated radio. Unfortunately, we were all out of D batteries, so we couldn’t use any of our larger flashlights. Those would have come in handy while mopping the kitchen floor at 5 a.m.!!!
American Red Cross Clipray Crank-Powered, Clip-On Flashlight & Smartphone Charger, Red
Consider having a hand crank charger for your cell phones.
Our power was only out for about 9 hours, but others had theirs out for a few days. A cell phone is a great way to get and give information, through social media or the Internet. Keeps yours charged!!
Cabinet Locks – Adoric Child Safety Locks 4 Pack
Babyproof your cabinets and cupboards.
It may sound silly, especially if there are no small children in your house. Putting a babyproof lock on your cupboard door could keep your china from flying across the room in an earthquake. Just be very careful when you open those doors later!!
Nestlé Pure Life Bottled Purified Water, 16.9 oz. Bottles, 24/Case
Keep plenty of bottled water on hand for drinking.
In addition, you may want to buy some gallon jugs of water to keep on hand for cooking. Many of our local neighborhoods had broken water mains. People in those neighborhoods went day without safe drinking water from the tap.
Briggs & Stratton 30675 Q6500 Inverter Generator – 6500 Starting Watts QuietPower Series
Consider purchasing a generator.
One house on our block had a generator and all the rest of us were jealous 😉 This is a big purchase, but if you can afford it, you might get some peace of mind from a portable generator. One this size can run multiple appliances at one time. Make sure to have plenty of gas on hand to keep it running.
Midland – ER210, Emergency Compact Crank Weather AM/FM Radio
Have a battery operated radio on hand
Our battery operated radio was really helpful for finding out exactly what was going on and giving us some peace of mind. We kept it on in the background for news reports and status updates. (Don’t forget the batteries!!)
Kidde 466227-01 ABC Pro Multi-Purpose Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher
Keep a fire extinguisher and have it serviced yearly.
The earthquake triggered quite a few house and other smaller fires in our town and surrounding area.
Do you have any tips for preparing for a disaster? Please share them in the comment section below.