Earthquake Survival Kit in a Can

Survival in a Can

Here is a simple way to begin your home preparedness plan.
Fill a plastic container with enough supplies to last you or your family for 72 hours.

Supplies for your grab-and-go bag

Choose a Container

Plastic containers come in all shapes and sizes, they’re water and rodent proof, and are fairly durable. Choose the size that suits you needs. Be sure container comes with a securing lid.

Top of Container:

2 quarts of water per person per day in durable containers, flashlight, portable
radio, first aid kit, first aid book, blankets or sleeping bags for each person, work gloves, dry chemical fire extinguisher, clock or watch, and a crescent wrench for turning off the gas main.

Middle of Container:

Include food items like: juices, peanut butter, crackers, nuts, dried fruit or raisins, a change of clothing (one per person) including foul weather gear. For sanitary supplies, include diapers, bleach, paper towels, and toilet paper. Store miscellaneous supplies such as candles, matches or lighter, hand operated can opener, batteries (wrap- ped in plastic), pencils, marking pens, paper for leaving notes. You may also want to include a good book, a couple of magazines, newspaper, crossword puzzles, and some simple toys.

Bottom of Container:

Canned foods that are eatable warm or cold, and pet food; cooking utensils, including Sterno, stove, fuel, cooking pot, paper plates, aluminum foil and garbage bags; tools such as screw- drivers, pliers, hammer, rope, wire, duct tape etc.

Label the container EMERGENCY SUPPLIES, and place the it in a safe and easily accessible place.

Modified from: The American Red Cross

Strap the Water Heater

Strap the Water Heater

Strapping your water heater and making sure it is fitted with flexible gas supply line will greatly reduce the danger of fire or explosion from a gas leak after an earthquake. If your water heater does not have a flexible gas supply line, contact a licensed plumber to install one. Your water heater is also a source of fresh water in case your outside water is disrupted. In California, strapping the water heater is the law.

These instructions are intended to act as a guild in strapping a 30-40 gallon water heater within 12″ of a wall stud:

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Modified Mercalli Shaking Intensity Scale

 Modified Mercalli Shaking Intensity Scale

In the early days of earthquake investigations, seismologist used earthquake intensities as the applicable yardstick to estimate the size of an earthquake. Intensities are measured by means of the degree of damage to structures, the amount of disturbance to the ground surface, and the extent of human and animal reactions to the shaking.

A scale developed by the Italian seismologist and volcanologist G. Mercalli in 1902 has 12 values for describing an earthquake. The scale was later modified to better fit modern conditions.

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Is earthquake insurance necessary?

Is Earthquake Insurance Necessary?

When people think of earthquakes, they automatically think of the state of California. However, anyone that watches the news regularly will know that earthquakes happen all around the world. Statically speaking, on average there is about 5 thousand earthquakes that happen in the United States every year. Though some areas are more prone to earthquakes, they can happen just about anywhere because there are countless fault lines that run from the east coast of the United States to the west coast. Because earthquake can happen anywhere, a person may be asking themselves if earthquake insurance is necessary.


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Earthquake insurance

 Earthquake Insurance

If I don’t live along the fault line in California, Oregon and Washington, why would I need to consider earthquake insurance? That is a very good question so let’s share some facts about earthquakes. Although the west coast is an active earthquake area in the U.S., other hotspots are known for their activity. Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming, also in the west, but moving east there are known hotspots in Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina and much of Hawaii and Alaska.

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Artificial earthquakes could lead to safer, sturdier buildings

Earthquakes never occur when you need one, so structural engineers are shaking up a building themselves in the name of science and safety. Using massive moving platforms and an array of sensors and cameras, the researchers are trying to find out how well a two-story building made of cold-formed steel can stand up to a lab-generated Southern California quake.

Automatic Gas Shut-Off Valves

Automatic Gas Shut-Of  Valves

If you live in earthquake prone regions and have gas service, you may be interested in investing in a earthquake gas shut-off valve. Although there are many designs, most use the ball method. Its concept is simple and a typical example is shown above. A metal ball on a pedestal opens a valve allowing gas to pass from the service (either a tank or a utility hook-up) to the house. When sufficient shaking occurs, the ball drops from the pedestal, closing the valve – shutting off the flow of gas.[Insert Valve Graphic here]

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New Zealand Earthquake 2013

New Zealand Earthquake

On Sunday, July 21, 2013, an earthquake struck the country of New Zealand. The earthquake’s magnitude was a 6.5, and it hit without warning. The epicenter of the quake was 35 miles south of the capital city of Wellington. At first the earthquake was reported as a 6.9, but when the earthquake was analyzed, the magnitude was altered to 6.5. However, what made the earthquake unusual was the fact that the epicenter was actually a body of water.  The channel between the north and south islands of New Zealand was where the earthquake actually began.

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