Earthquake Safety Preparation Links

By Alan Haskvitz

Earthquake lessons and links are always vital. Here are a list of some of the better ones. First, a school or family meetings should be held to formulate a plan in case of an earthquake. Items to be discussed include:

If you have a student at school that child cannot be released to anyone who is not on the school’s emergency list. If you work out of the area you might want to check into having someone local be able to pick-up your child and keep him or her safe.

Communications are critical and there is a good likelihood that cell phones and landlines will not work. Have a plan before hand as to where to meet and how to get there. A good, sturdy computer is always a plus such as those made by They run on open source software which is much less expensive as well.

When you plan a trip home remember that underpasses and bridges may not be safe. Try and make a travel plan that allows you to detour these areas.

Have an emergency supply of food, water, blankets, and a radio in your car.

Don’t expect to be able to get your vehicle out of a parking lot. During earthquake cars bounce around and they could easily be thrown against other vehicles. Stay out of parking lots during an earthquake because of this as well.

You need a lot of water for both your family and your pets/ Expect to have three gallons of water for each person and pet. That should last three days. Also have water purification tablets or chlorine bleach to purify drinking water from other sources. Emergency water may be obtained from water heaters, melted ice cubes, toilet tanks and canned vegetables. Do not drink water from pools or spas due to chemicals in the water.

Keep a supply of medication on hand and some cash as credit card use depends on communications that might be down. Also make sure that you have plenty of fresh batteries and pay extra for Alkaline or Lithium type batteries.

Have a fire extinguisher available, as there may not be any water to douse a fire. You also should have some basic tools such as a crow bar to open stuck doors and garage doors. A wrench to turn off gas and water mains that might be leaking as well as can openers, matches, a knife, extra flashlights and good batteries, a battery powered lantern, a portable radio, and a bottle opener. The new LED flashlights and lanterns are highly recommended as they use less battery power and give a brighter light. You should also consider your outside barbecue to cook food once all gas leaks have been stopped. Don’t cook indoors.

Items such as toilet paper, plastic bags, hand sanitizers, paper towels, duct tape, rope, rainwear, sleeping bags, extra bedding and clothes, gloves, and a secure place for your vital documents are all recommended.

Here are some important websites that contain additional information and learning opportunities. You might want to contact the schools your child attends to see what their preparations are as well as your work place.

Lesson plans for teachers

Earthquake lessons and links for educators and parents

Virtual Earthquake site

A site that enables you to determine earthquake severity on an interactive site.

How to survive an earthquake: myths and reality

Family emergency supply checklist

Printable booklets on preparing for an earthquake

How your family can prepare for an earthquake.
See what a major earthquake would do to downtown Los Angeles.

Video depicting the physical, social, and economic consequences of the most comprehensive earthquake scenario ever created and other simulations.

What schools can do for earthquake preparedness

What businesses can do for earthquake preparedness
Simulation quiz about your home and what you can do to secure items.

Earthquake information for kids

Includes learning games.

California Homeland Security Office link

Ideas for home preparation that includes those with handicapped individuals.

Broad cast audio for the Shake Out Drill

Current earthquakes around the world

California earthquake information

List of California faults and explanation of type