There was an earthquake on Sunday night here in Southern California – it felt like a small one out in the San Fernando Valley, but my friends who live south of LAX said the 4.7 quake gave them a pretty rough jolt.
By all accounts, the damage and injuries were minimal. But it was a good reminder that an earthquake can happen at any time and it’s important to be ready for one.
The booklet Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country has a lot of good, basic information. You can read it online, download it as a PDF, or order free copies.
One thing we’ve done that puts our minds at ease is assemble some emergency kits w/ essentials like a hand-crank radio and flashlight, work gloves, nonperishable food, etc. The California Office of Emergency Services has a comprehensive checklist (pdf).
This earthquake has reminded me that I need to update the kits with fresh food and clothes for the kids. I think I will also replace the first aid supplies while I’m at it!
Previously: Emergency Preparedness Reminders