3 Tips to Prepare for an Earthquake (or Other Disasters)
By Katherine Rife, Social Media Consultant from EcoFlow, in partnership with Earthquake Bag
2017 was the biggest year for loss from natural disasters, according to the New York Times. Across the US millions were affected by hurricanes, mudslides, earthquakes, Nor’easters, wildfires, and more. So it’s no surprise that safety, back-up power, and disaster preparedness have been top of mind for people. Recently, a 5.3-magnitude earthquake shook Southern California. Since then we’ve heard a lot more buzz about earthquake emergency preparedness. “What do I do when an earthquake strikes?”, “How do I communicate with my loved ones in times of emergency?”, “When the power goes out, what will I do?” are just a few of the questions you might have when disaster strikes.
At EcoFlow, we care about the safety of our communities. We teamed up with the founders of Earthquake Bag, Zach Miller and Skyler Hallgren, to learn and understand how to plan and prepare for earthquakes and other disasters. Here are 3 essential tips we learned from them:
1. Build a Plan:
How do you start to build a plan?
To help build a plan, check out the free downloadable Family Earthquake Prep Guide on the Earthquake Bag website. It includes the tips and a checklist of categories of supplies, including back-up power. Earthquake Bag made this list based on research and resources provided by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) the American Red Cross, the CDC (Center for Disease Control), CERT (Community Emergency Response Training, the umbrella organization of NERT mentioned above), among others. Use this template to create a Family Communications Card.
2. Gather Supplies
What sort of supplies should you get?
Zach and Skyler recommend selecting your supply bag based on whether you are preparing for yourself or your family. “The family bags are good because you don’t necessarily need to duplicate certain items. For example, you don’t need a hand crank radio or a RIVER for each member of the family. In our family bags, we have duplicates of hygiene items and others but not everything so you don’t overspend.”
So, what is in a supply bag?
As an example, below are the categories and supplies that are in an Earthquake two-person “Premier Bag” that lasts for 3 days. All of their bags are on their website.
|Bags||Heavy-Duty Backpack (Portable if you cannot shelter in place)|
|Food||2400 Cal Food Bars (2), Cook-in-pouch Meals (6), Portable Stove w/Fuel, Stainless Steel Cup, Stainless Steel Utensil Kit (2)|
|Water||Water Pouches (24), Water Purification Tablets (20), Water Filtration Bottle|
|First Aid||111-piece First Aid kit (made of 3, 37 piece kits), Non-aspirin, Antacid, Antibiotic Ointment, Burn Cream, Ibuprofen|
|Hygiene||Hygiene Kit (2), Pocket Tissue Packs (2), Waste Bags (2)|
|Tools & Safety||Pencil, Note Pad, 5-in-1 Whistle, N95 Dust Mask (2), 50 ft. Nylon Rope, 16 Function Knife, Safety Goggles, Sewing Kit, Leather Palm Gloves, Survival Playing Cards, Duct Tape|
|Light & Communication||30+ hour Candle, 12 Hour Bright Stick, Hand Crank Flashlight / Radio / Phone Charger|
|Shelter & Warmth||Waterproof Matches, Emergency Poncho (2), Mylar Sleeping Bag (2), Tube Tent, Hand/Body Warmer (2)|
|Back-up Power Supply – the RIVER Mobile Power Station, Gas Shut-Off Tool, Family Communications Card, Personal Medications (for at least 3 days, FEMA recommends you keep a written list of all medications and medical equipment), Supplies for any pets (see the pet bags), Blankets, Tarp|
3. Practice the Plan
What is the one piece of advice you give to people?
“Start today!” both Zach and Skyler agree. “Just have a conversation with your family. Start there. Talk about a plan. This can be fun!” It’s easy to put off, they say, but having a basic plan, a bag of supplies and emergency rechargeable back-up power will give you and your family something invaluable: peace of mind. “Peace of mind,” Zach said, describing what customers said the Earthquake Bag has created for them. “The most common five-star reviews we get are from people who say ‘I’ve been pushing this off for years. I knew after the 1989 earthquake that I needed to get prepared. I feel so much better knowing that my entire family is prepared.’”
So there you have it: 3 tips to preparing for the next natural disaster. As hurricane & typhoon season comes around the corner, we hope you find these tips helpful. Good luck as you prepare!