10 things to stockpile for the next earthquake 
I know that there are not so many discussions on this threat especially that everybody is focusing on the hurricane season. The idea is that even if it’s not in the top among disasters that can hit America, the danger is there.
More, according to livescience.com, we are facing in 2018 the possibility to witness a major earthquake because of Earth’s rotation slowdown. This tiny change has a big impact on equator that shrinks. This moves the pressure on the tectonic plates, which can be translated in an increase earthquake risk.
That being said, preparing for an earthquake is not something to be very familiar with. You are preparing to keep your family safe, so you have an idea about a bag-out bag or how important is to have minimum skills to survive in case of blackout.
But, how do you prepare for an earthquake? What do you need to know?
As you know, earthquake is a sudden shaking of the earth caused mainly because breaking of subterranean rocks as it release tension. This can be very violent and almost every time there will be aftershocks.
This kind of phenomenon happens in seconds and because of this, mostly no time to react is left. You can have some warning before with different devices and phone apps, but the idea is that the after effects are serious.
Transportation, power as well gas and water can be disrupted in a matter of minutes or hours. So basically, as long as you survived the shake and you are safe, it’s better to have around the minimum that will keep you alive and safe.
These are the 10 things to stockpile for the next earthquake:
I remember 2011 when I passed through a hurricane without gasoline and I promised myself that will never happen again. Make sure you have a generator and some large cans with gas.
Having access to power, comfort and food really matters when everything will be down. Don’t rely on the fact that you can use your kitchen. If there is any gas leaks, you are actually sitting on a bomb. Not to mention that a generator is a good investment as you can prepare food and have some power also.
2. Solar chargers
I know that batteries is what you are thinking now, but solar power is better. I was the kind of battery guy, and I am buying only rechargeable ones now. I have a charger and I don’t have to think they will be depleted.
The fact is that you have big chances to forget about cheap brand batteries and you can’t afford that. Try to have your devices USB solar compatible. You cell, your GPS or even a flashlight can easily be charged with solar portable batteries.
For the other devices that requires batteries, make sure that you have that charger. It can save your life one day.
It’s very important to have some led power and lots of lumens. I have invested for me in a powerful flashlight with about 300 lumens, but you have a lot of cheap options.
For the kids you can have some led wristbands also and it’s not a bad idea to have small flashlights in every room. Of course, make sure that everybody in the house know about them.
Most of the Americans are really bad at using cash. In fact, technology and cards took us the pleasure to actually feel the money. But, this is not the real problem.
The problem is if there is no electricity and there are no ATM. Still, if you have money on your phone apps lets say, there is no way to pay with as shops can’t process that. So it’s better to use some cash, in any way you can use them to trade, buy medicine or gas.
I have a tin metal box and bought several waterproof hiking bags. I put every month some cash there, mainly 10, 20 and 50 bills. This way I know they don’t get wet, eat by rats or burn. Easy money that you can access, so you better start now.
5. Basic medicine
Anyone that passed at least once through a situation that involves relocation being a hurricane or flooding, knows how important is to have medicine at hand.
Especially if you have kids.
Be prepared and stockpile medicine for everyone in the house especially kids. Make sure you have always at hand medicine that can handle fever, stomach aches, cold an pain. A sudden earthquake can create such a great devastation in your house that injuries can occur from almost anything.
Your TV or kitchen cabinet can fall in a matter of seconds. Imagine what happens if your little ones are around and something falls around them. You must act quickly and give first aid. If something big is happening you must give first aid and follow a relocation plan.
Make everything easier as basic first aid skills and medicine can save lives. Prepare and have these first aid kits in house and in your car.
This is a very important element and I frequently say to everybody that the comfort after a disaster lies also in your stomach condition. The food you stockpile can be ready-to-eat ones like beef jerky, nuts, pasta and all kind of canned food: fish, vegetables, fruits, soups etc.
As long as you need to eat in the after scenario, most of this will provide a hot meal options. It’s not bad to eat nuts in the first, but after 1 day your stomach will need much more than this. As long as you have gasoline, cooking is no secret. Boil some water, make some pasta with tuna and dehydrated tomatoes and it will be a lot better.
And any canned food is a lot more delicious if it’s hot. Just like going camping, your kids will be delighted and not so scared anymore. A hot soup does miracles.
7. Fire extinguisher
The truth is that after an earthquake, disaster can continue. And can be worst than the actual earthquake. Aftershocks occur in the matter of minutes, hours or days and usually create bigger damages.
The most common hazard that occur after earthquake is fire. That’s why a fire extinguisher is something that you must have in house so you can control any fire that may occur.
If it’s too big to act, evacuate everybody as fast as you can. Don’t be a hero and leave everything as it is. Notice that this is not an ordinary fire and any gas leaks in the house can be a disaster together with any flame.
Several times when I talk about survival, I mention the water importance. Ok, it’s great to know how to procure water when you are in need, but in this situation if you prepare before, it will be much easier.
Make a priority and stock some water brick or just retail water, as access to clean water is always limited when a disaster hits communities.
Store at least 1 gallon of water per person per day and make sure you have a stock for 72 hours. As you probably do, this stock can be used in many other situations.
If you live in a cold climate, you must think about warmth because earthquake don’t strike in the summer days. Think about
your clothing and be sure to have one complete change of clothing per person: jacket, gloves, long pants and fleece.
You can place them to have at hand in everybody’s bag together with a sleeping bag and a rain coat or waterproof jacket. They are great if it’s raining or you must walk from the area.
As long as there is no big damage, if you have at hand a screwdriver, an ax, hammer and adjustable wrench you can use them to cut your way out or close the pipelines.
It’s great to have at hand some electric safety gloves. You may encounter some electric lines and you should never touch them bear hands. If you know you can handle that, make sure that you switch of the electricity before removing any wires.
The main advice in these situations is to just leave them and try to get help. Take the kids out and stay away from any wet floors and electrical devices.
As you probably know, FEMA told in several situations that they can not handle multiple disasters. And if they did some great jobs with hurricanes, still an event like a big earthquake is something new.
There are plans, there are stockpiles, but as I said before, you are alone until you get any help from the state.
It’s your duty only to be smart and prepare in advance. Any bottle of water or food can save lives in scenarios like this.
Do you have an earthquake kit? What do you think we can put in the list? Feel free to leave your comments below.