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Stocking up now on tools and supplies you might need after an earthquake can add to your safety and comfort after a trembler strikes.
You should have at least three gallons drinking water for each member of the family. It would also be helpful to have a water purifier. Keep a three-day supply of non-perishable food and a manual can opener at the ready. Families with babies should remember to keep a supply of formula and bottled water in the home in case of emergencies.
A flashlight and battery-operated radio and extra batteries will be helpful if power is lost. It is also a good idea to have essential medications, an extra pair of eyeglasses, an extra set of house and car keys and cash on hand.
To cook food under primitive conditions, be prepared with plastic knives, forks and spoons, paper plates and cups, paper towels, heavy-duty aluminum foil and a camping stove for outdoor cooking. Before using fire to cook, make sure there are no gas leaks and never use charcoal briquettes indoors.
Proper sanitation is important after a disaster to prevent disease. Access to the following items will help keep the family healthier:
Large plastic trash bags, large trash cans, bar soap and liquid detergent. For personal hygiene, make sure to have a supply of shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, feminine hygiene supplies, toilet paper and household bleach. If there is a baby in the family, remember to stock diapers, baby wipes and disposal bags.
In order to meet the challenges of earthquake aftermath, experts suggest the following items also be among emergency supplies:
A fire extinguisher, sturdy shoes, heavy gloves, a knife, a garden hose for siphoning and firefighting, a tent, and, for communication if telephones, cell phones and the Internet are not working, paper, pens and stamps.
It will also be helpful to have access to an ax, shovel and broom, adjustable wrench for turning off gas, a tool kit that includes a screwdriver, pliers and a hammer, a coil of half-inch rope, plastic tape, a staple gun and plastic sheeting for window replacement, a bicycle and a city map.
A message from the University of California Cooperative Extension and the California Office of Emergency Services.