ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Earthquakes: How to Prepare for One

Updated on June 23, 2014

Prepare for an Earthquake: Learn How to Prepare Yourself For An Earthquake

Many areas have earthquakes but how do you prepare for an earthquake? The major quake in Japan, the strongest one in 100 years, 700 times stronger than the one in Haiti, devastated the country, leaving people without food, water, or electricity. But did you know that fires actually can cause more deaths than the earthquake itself? Do you know where to shut off the power and gas at your home?What if an Earthquake happened in your town, would you be prepared?

It's better to prepare and never need your Earthquake kit, than to have an earthquake and realize you only have one flashlight and nothing else.

How do you prepare for an earthquake?What can you do to help prepare your home and your family if an Earthquake were to strike? What basic items do you need in case of major damage? Did you know that it is no longer recommended to stand in a doorway? Near the bottom of this article are excellent tips, including some things you might not have thought about to also prepare for your pets during an earthquake or any other natural disaster evacuation.

Learn how to be prepared, you never know when, or where, an earthquake will strike! If you need an earthquake kit you can get supplies here also.

Earthquake in Southern California
Earthquake in Southern California

Three Tremors in One Day Was Scary

Earthquakes have varying intensities

Last year, a magnitude-3.1 quake hit at 3:24 PM followed by a magnitude-3.2 nine minutes later. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, these were about 2.8 miles from where I live, so basically I am sitting on the epicenter, on the San Andreas Fault! Then again at around 6:30 PM, another one hit, this one a 4.3 magnitude. Although it was reported these were minor quakes, I can guarantee you they didn't feel that way. The first one woke me from a dead sleep and scared me to death. The second one was like a sonic boom inside the house, and the third one was like a giant picked up my house and rattled the whole thing, at the same time banging on all the windows.

The last one scared me the most, and about an hour later I remembered I had written something about being prepared for an evacuation. So I went in and packed a bag. I also took 2 irreplaceable items from my grandmother and put these in the trunk of my car after backing it into the driveway for an easy exit if needed. For the next two hours, I followed everything that I knew to do including going to the ATM machine and getting some cash out and getting my dog's vaccination record. I wanted to be prepared if another one hit that night. We never know when they will hit.

Even though I had written about being prepared, I wasn't. I don't think any of us really are, but there are some things that we can do.

Earthquake Survival Kit

This is a perfect kit to stash in the house or garage. Even though it has what you need, you would still want to add your prescriptions, some cash, and those kinds of things. Always better to be safe than sorry, and the bucket can be used as a portable toilet if need be, which if you have kids you know there will be a need!

Mayday Industries Earthquake Kit 4 Person Deluxe Home Honey Bucket Survival Emergency
Mayday Industries Earthquake Kit 4 Person Deluxe Home Honey Bucket Survival Emergency

We never think of an emergency until it happens. This kit has the essentials you will need, and is easy to grab and go.


More Earthquakes in the same week in So Cal - Earthquakes in the Riverside County area of Southern California

Banning CA Earthquakes week of January 15th 2010
Banning CA Earthquakes week of January 15th 2010

The day after I published this,(a couple years ago), 3 more Earthquakes hit my area of Riverside County, California. A magnitude 2.8 earthquake rattled the Banning area. Then again at 3:25PM, there was another minor one with a magnitude 2.5. Both of these were considered minor, and I didn't feel them.

But then at 4 'clock in the morning the next day, I was again awakened by violent shaking and rattling windows. This one was a 4.3, the same intensity as the last one the other day.. Of course, I got out of bed after the shaking stopped and checked on my dog, who also was awakened. There was no damage, and this time I felt better because I had taken precautions.

I cannot stress enough the importance of being prepared -not like we are ever prepared for the "Big One" that California is waiting for, but it helps. It helps me!

Update: Yesterday we had a 5.1 quake in So. Cal. Yes, i felt it, but since I am prepared I wasn't that concerned. However, it is always scary when the chair you are sitting on starts moving, or you see things in your house moving or rattling. We will have a major quake at some point, and hopefully everyone that lives in California, and other earthquake prone areas take heed now.

Supplies for Preparing Your Home - Protecting your home for an Earthquake

ON DUTY - Emergency Tool for Gas and Water Shut-off
ON DUTY - Emergency Tool for Gas and Water Shut-off

Essential tool for shutting off the gas and water valves, plus you can use it to break glass if necessary. I got mine years ago when the Boy Scouts were selling them, and just hang it on the gas meter.

Quakehold! 4163 15-Inch Furniture Strap Kit, Beige
Quakehold! 4163 15-Inch Furniture Strap Kit, Beige

We used these to shore up an old secretary that has the original glass. Much better to have glass or heavy objects strapped.


Preparing Yourself and Your Home: Earthquake Safety Tips

Make your home as safe as possible without living in fear

There are some things you can do if you live in an area that has earthquakes, to mitigate damage to life or property. I used to have a beautiful antique mirror over my bed, one of those heavy gold ones. Big mistake. In an earthquake that mirror could fall on anyone sleeping and is definitely an earthquake safety hazard. So, I moved it.

Here are a few Tips anyone who lives in an Earthquake area can do to help mitigate damage that can occur in a strong earthquake.

1) Move heavy items from over your bed and the couch: heavy mirrors, shelves with breakables, etc.

2) Cupboards have a tendency to fly open: put latches on Kitchen cupboards and keep heavy items on lower shelves

3) Strap your water heater: double strapping is recommended and is also CA law

4) Strap appliances to the wall studs to prevent them from falling over.

5) Teach everyone where to shut off the power and the gas if necessary and buy one of those tools that easily shuts the gas off at the meter. Keep it hanging there so you don't have to go find it when you need it.

6) Program your cell phones with the word ICE which stands for In Case of Emergency. Have the kids program theirs also, to have the first person you want a First Responder to call.

7) If you have small kids, teach them the safest spots in the house and NOT to run outside.. Make a game of it. What if you were at school? What would you do? What if you were in the park-- what would you do, etc?

8) Have a fire extinguisher in your home, and make sure everyone knows how to use it.

9) It is recommended to have at least a gallon of water per person, per day (plan min. of 3 days) Potable (Drinking) Water is almost always one of the most needed items in a disaster.

10) Safety Drills: Stop, drop and roll for fire, duck and cover your head for an earthquake, get under a table, grab on and hold on, stay on the bed with a pillow over your head--these are just a few things to teach kids.

Being prepared for an Earthquake
Being prepared for an Earthquake

Don't be caught unprepared

Preparation Tips for Evacuating before you need to

Make A Checklist of IMPORTANT items you don't want to forget and put it in or by the backpack that you should always have ready, pre-packed with essentials. .We never know when disaster will strike, whether it's an earthquake, a flood, or a wildfire. Be prepared! A little preparation makes a big difference.

Designate one emergency meeting place outside the home and one outside the neighborhood where family members can all gather. Here are a list of things that an Evacuation Kit or Backpack for Emergencies like an Earthquake should contain.

Your Evacuation Bag should include:

1. Prescriptions and over-the-counter medications you might take on a daily basis, for everyone including your pets.

2. Extra pair of Prescription or Reading Glasses

3. Copies of Important documents: tax records, bank accounts, school records,veterinary records, insurance policies, household inventory list (with photos if you have them) shot records, passports, Green Card or Permanent Alien Card, drivers license, social security card, etc

4. ATM cards and CASH: the electricity may be out or Banks closed or damaged. Checkbook, and CC's (at minimum a copy of a statement with your account number on it)

5. Combination flashlight, radio and cell phone charger, batteries

6. Extra chargers for phones and laptops.

7. Water: either enough to last you until you get to a Shelter, or a 3 -day supply.

8. Three-day supply of baby food (keep current as Baby grows)

9. Can opener; manual one

10. Change of clothing and shoes for each member of the family.

11. First Aid Kit

12. Baby favorite toy and Blankie

13. Copy of phone numbers in case cell phone service dies and you can't get to your contact list. Include your insurance agent's number, your vet, and another for a 24-hr. vet.

Note: These items should be packed in a Backpack, ready to go at a moment's notice. If you have time, grab your jewelry, photos, and other items you can safely get to in the time allocated.

We are not always at home when an emergency happens, so a small bag of essentials in the car is a good idea.

Earthquake Lessons for the Family - Learn what to do by watching this Animated Video

I remember the Sylmar, CA quake very well. It happened just as I was getting up in the morning to get ready for work. My whole room started shaking, and my son's crib was moving side to side. I thought for sure we had been bombed, because all I could see were fires and hear shattering noises. But it was just the damage from buildings falling and fires from ruptured gas lines. I was 19 years old, and didn't know what to do.

This is a cute Video that will reinforce the lessons on what to do and not do in case of an earthquake.


Disaster Preparedness Supplies - For any Natural Disaster including an Earthquake

Life Gear LL01Y LifeLight
Life Gear LL01Y LifeLight

I bought this after one of the earthquakes we had and keep it on my dresser, by the bed. No need to worry about batteries as it has a hand crank. Bright light, siren if you need it, and radio.

Earthquakes and pets
Earthquakes and pets

Remember your Pets

DO NOT WAIT to prepare for evacuating your animals, as time is of the essence in a mandatory evacuation and you may have very little warning before you must evacuate. Include these items in your Evacuation Kit.

* ID Collar

* Rabies Tag

* Pet Carrier or Cage

* Leash

* Food

* Water/Food Bowls

* Medicine

* Number for Vet, and one for a 24 hr. Vet

* Newspaper and Plastic trash bags

* Favorite toy

Disaster Preparedness Supplies for Pets

Pet Owners feel their 4 legged furry is part of the family. Well, they have different needs in an earthquake, so make sure you have items they need, and don't forget to also have the number of a 24 hr. VET just in case and keep a list of their vaccinations too.

Beware of scams after an earthquake
Beware of scams after an earthquake

After an Earthquake BEWARE of Scammers

Do not become a victim of a Scam

I have seen them-- too many times the scam artists that come out after a Natural Disaster. They will call or use some other means of asking for a donation.

DO NOT donate to random people. Donate to a reputable Organization. Make sure that donations actually get to the people in need!

Important Earthquake Reminders

If you are inside when a quake hits: DO NOT run outside!

Be Prepared!

Get Real Time Earthquake Info for anywhere in the World right here! Click the link.

Earthquakes can happen anywhere - This one was recorded during regular taping of TV shows

Earthquakes can happen during business hours, and it's imperative you know what to do and where emergency exits are located.

Learn what the emergency plan is for your workplace, and make sure there are medical supplies on hand. If not, talk to Management about this.

One thing I noticed in this Video is the last set of people ran outside. DO NOT run outside during an Earthquake: stay inside, as there is more danger outside of falling buildings, power lines, etc. If you are outside, move away from buildings and power poles. If you are in your car, bring your car to a stop, but do not park under power poles, trees, or buildings. Then be careful as often times the streets and other infrastructure has been damaged.

7.2 Quake in Baja California on Easter Sunday April 4, 2010

Baja Quake felt by Millions

Many areas have EarthquakesA large 7.2 quake hit about 40 miles southeast of Mexicali, Mexico (on the California-Mexico border) around 3:40 PM in the afternoon. The quake was felt in several areas of Southern California, and many of the people have stated this quake reminded them of the Northridge quake. It was also felt in Arizona and Nevada, and caused a quake in Northern California and a smaller one in Malibu.

The Baja California Earthquake's aftershocks were felt in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Malibu, and other areas. Several people were interviewed at Disneyland and they stated they felt it and could see things shaking. All the rides were shut down and re-tested to make sure there was no damage or safety issues. This is the policy at Disneyland anytime a tremor is felt.

Dr. Lucy Jones from Cal Tech stated that for the past 15 years the area has been fairly quiet of quakes, but that it seems like things are changing. Aftershocks are to be expected for several days.

8.8 Earthquake in Chile on Feb. 27, 2010 - Tsunami Warnings and Alerts across the Pacific

Feb 27, 2010 Earthquake activity in CA
Feb 27, 2010 Earthquake activity in CA

An 8.8 earthquake in Chile on February 27, 2010 was very close to the epicenter of the devastating 1960 earthquake that caused a tsunami in Hawaii. This time, the warnings went out early, and Hawaiian residents were awakened by sirens going off and warnings that a tsunami would hit by 11:30am. Fortunately this didn't happen. Other areas, including the coastal areas of California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska were given tsunami advisories and warned to stay away from the beaches.

We never know when one might hit our area. Hawaiian residents were rushing to the grocery stores, and lined up to get gas and cash. Just think how much more time they would have if they were prepared in advance!

Look at the picture, I went to the earthquake site and you can see how many earthquakes occurred in CA that day.

Qinghai Province, China earthquake
Qinghai Province, China earthquake

6.9 Earthquake April 13, 2010 in China

The southern Qinghai Province, China earthquake of April 13, 2010

The Qinghai Province, China earthquake hit shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2010 (their time) . Because of the early hour, 7:59 AM, many people were still at home, in mud and brick homes, where they died and their homes destroyed. Qinghai Province, where the quake hit, is a remote, poor area in northwestern China that "is considered a gateway to the Himalayas and Tibet", according to CNN. Qinghai Province has had several other large quakes on the Kunlun fault, which runs west-east approximately 300 km to the north of the April 13th quake which is the largest known quake in that area.

Some reports stated there were 600 to 1,000+ people killed ( and many more injured), but the count is unclear due to impeded rescue efforts. Jiegu, is the town closest to the epicenter and the damage was extensive. According to CNN "More than 85 percent of Jiegu's poorly constructed mud and brick houses collapsed". They were mostly homes for ethnic Tibetans.

This information was obtained from the US Government Earthquake site showing the distances of the Qinghai Province earthquake to other areas in China:

240 km (150 miles) NNW of Qamdo, Xizang (Tibet)

375 km (235 miles) SSE of Golmud, Qinghai, China

520 km (325 miles) SSE of Da Qaidam, Qinghai, China

1905 km (1190 miles) WSW of BEIJING, Beijing, China

Tsunami Hazard Zone Photo by Kathy McGraw
Tsunami Hazard Zone Photo by Kathy McGraw

9.0 Earthquake and Tsunami hit Japan on March 11, 2011

Damage from Japan spread to Hawaii and California

A devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11, 2011. It was the 4th largest earthquake, in the last 100 plus years, in the world! That's one strong earthquake! The Tsunami that occurred after the 9.0 earthquake not only caused horrific damage in Japan, but Hawaii and the whole western coast of the United States was put on either a Tsunami Alert or a Warning (warning being the worst). It's said this quake was 700 times more powerful than the one that Hit Haiti in 2010.

Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami not only was the largest in a century, but the impact is beyond imagination. Thousands have been killed,and millions were left without food, water, and power. To compound this they also had a partial meltdown at one of their reactors, and people are afraid of radiation leaks.

Japan has Five Nuclear Reactors and two power plants. One of them is in trouble because of the inability to cool themselves, and it was reported they had to release some of the nuclear steam. At this time it is unknown what (if any) consequences of that will occur..

The Tsunami destroyed what the earthquake didn't, tossing cars like toys, carrying buildings along with the water and debris. The country is overwhelmed by all the damage.

The Tsunami sent a 23 foot wave in Japan, and also caused destruction to several of the Hawaiian Islands and California. I live in California and evacuations along our coasts started about 4 o'clock in the morning. Northern California had a Tsunami warning, but Southern California only was put on alert. Crescent City up by the Oregon Coast was the one most people worried about as they were hit with a devastating Tsunami in 1964.

Living in an earthquake- prone area can be scary when the ground starts shaking. You never know if it is the "Big One" like in Japan or not. I know I had gotten lax, but after all the big earthquakes around the world, I am totally prepared. I hope you will all take the time to be also.

Earthquakes are scary and can be either just nerve-wracking or full-blown disasters. Please take some time and prepare your home and your family.

Did you find these Earthquake Tips useful? - Add your Comments here.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • aesta1 profile image

      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I was in the Philippines last March and we had an earthquake. It was not very strong still it caused us some concern.

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      All we can do is prepare. And pray.

    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      We are in the wind and ocean current path from Japan so the radiation scare was very real for us on the west coast. I have heard that there is a float of debris from Japan that is the size of California and it is heading toward the west coast now. There are so many factors of concern when a huge Earthquake hits.

    • Heather426 profile image

      Heather Burns 

      7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      *featured on my Best Emergency Earthquake Survival Kits

    • heavenlysoapsWA profile image


      8 years ago

      I never thought of the fire aspect, turning off the power etc. and many other things you pointed out, very good I really appreciate you sharing this with us.

    • Sara Valor profile image

      Sara Valor 

      8 years ago from Breezy Hills

      Earthquakes are terribly frightening, they are something even the youngest of citizens forget once they have been through one, especially the Big Ones. Thanks for sharing this earthquake preparedness information with all of us!

    • Geekgurl profile image

      Kimberly Hiller 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      A lot of great information here. Living in S.K., there are rumors flying around now about an earthquake hitting closer to us.

    • Bill Armstrong profile image

      Bill Armstrong 

      8 years ago from Valencia, California

      great information

    • garyrh1 profile image


      8 years ago

      I experienced my first earthquake a week ago and it was a 5.7. I thought I was just feeling really sick at first until I realized what was happening. Scary.

    • indigoj profile image

      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      Seems Dom and I think alike as I thought this lens has information that now more than ever needs to be shared. I've never experienced the fear of an earthquake and hope I never do but so many of you live in earthquake vulnerable areas. It's so important to be prepared.

      Angel blessed.

    • justholidays profile image


      8 years ago

      I'm not prepared at all, whenever earth moves here, it's never something as tragic as in the other parts of the world. Liege got hit once by an earthquake though and few buildings were destroyed, but I don't remember if there were victims. Another part of Wallonia experienced some Earth tremors but nothing really alarming. We're not located in a part of the world that's in danger and this makes us overlook any future potential problem; which is probably not a good idea.

      Leaving a Lucky Leprechaun Blessing.

    • TheLittleCardShop profile image

      Malu Couttolenc 

      8 years ago

      Following your advice I updated my Emergency Kits, we never know when we will need them. It is important to keep refreshing them. Very useful information Kathy. A fav :)

    • KathyMcGraw2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy McGraw 

      8 years ago from California

      @mythphile: Greekgeek- I just updated this, as those 3's were from Easter time last year. I was shocked that those small numbers rattled my house so much. I have 2 to go bags, one in the car, and one by my door as we never know.

    • mythphile profile image

      Ellen Brundige 

      8 years ago from California

      I'm pretty well prepared, but I think I need a grab and go bag. I've got a complete evacuation kit in the trunk of my car -- Pruses have this wonderful "under the floor" storage compartment with room for all kinds of food, blankets, water jugs and first aid supplies -- and I've got two bins on my patio for me and kitty cat in case i need to camp outside a week (includes a wee one-person tent). But neither is very portable if one suddenly had to run out and not come back for a few days.

      I'm surprised those 3s are giving you so much trouble! Usually I don't feel them. But they can be startling when they go bang right under you.

      The Easter quake last year was strong enough to make me get a much better earthquake preparedness kit together so that I really can be self-sufficient (if uncomfortable) for a week without water and power.

    • Richard-H profile image


      8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Returning to add a blessing to this most useful and helpful topic.

    • LouisaDembul profile image


      8 years ago

      it must be so scary to experience an earthquake, they are so powerful. Great advice.

    • sukkran trichy profile image

      sukkran trichy 

      8 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      informative lens. thanks for the useful info. ~blessed by a squid angel~

    • jvsper63 profile image


      8 years ago

      Thank you, this is a great awareness lens. I don't live in an area like California. But with everything in Japan and elsewhere. Your right we need to be prepared. Great topic..Joni

    • pkmcruk profile image


      8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Very informative and given recent events something that many people should take account of. Lensrolled to my Emergency Preparedness and Survival Kits lenses and blessed by a passing Squid Angel

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto experienced a 5.0 about a week ago...and let me tell you it was scary! Great lens with great info! Thanks for sharing...

    • KathyMcGraw2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy McGraw 

      9 years ago from California

      @indigoj: Nicki- If even one person can prepare themselves then this would have been worth it :)

    • KathyMcGraw2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy McGraw 

      9 years ago from California

      @Sylvestermouse: I have never experienced a tornado...but you are right...preparing for a natural disaster is always best. We just never know when one will hit!

    • indigoj profile image

      Indigo Janson 

      9 years ago from UK

      I hadn't seen this before. What helpful and sensible advice. I hope this reaches everyone living in earthquake zones.

    • KathyMcGraw2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy McGraw 

      9 years ago from California

      @paperfacets: Thanks Sherry for sharing that...many of the tract homes are built so fast and yes they look nice, but as you pointed out structurally they may not be all that sound.

    • paperfacets profile image

      Sherry Venegas 

      9 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Earthquakes is something we should always reminder ourselves of. Our track home was built in '82 and when my husband saw how the roof was supported for the concrete tiles he was very concerned. The flimsy two by fours were actually bowing. He has had half of the house corrected and it cost a couple of thousand. The kitchen/livingroom side of the house should be avoided when the the big one comes.

    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      A lot of these are great tips for any emergency. I have always been concerned about having a point of contact or a place to meet in the event of an emergency. We have tornado's to contend with and just like earthquakes, they often hit without advance warning. I love the backpack idea.

    • LadyFlashman profile image


      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      This was a gripping read! Very interesting, informative and helpful. The Earhquake video was scary! A big Thumbs Up to yooou!

    • delia-delia profile image


      9 years ago

      after Zazzle's question I decided to look over your lenses again, and what a great 5* lens here. I once lived in the Bay Area, Earthquakes were frightening for the 50's we had a terrible one...because of it, we moved across the Bay. We then moved to the Midwest and didn't get away from earthquakes, though small most people don't even feel them. Now we have the Tornadoes, at least we know they're coming...thanks for taking me back in time...a ~"Squid Angel Blessing"~ wow, 3 in a row!!!

    • norma-holt profile image


      9 years ago

      Great advice and nicely presented lens. Blessed and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust

    • VarietyWriter2 profile image


      9 years ago

      Living in California, I sure can appreciate this lens. Angel Blessings :)

    • SoyCandleLover profile image

      Beth Webster-Duerr 

      9 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Being in Upstate NY, I can only remember 1 small quake early one morning. It was only noticed by people already up for the day. Bravo on these great tips for earthquakes or any other natural disaster.

    • Kiwisoutback profile image


      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      All of these recent earthquakes are a reminder of how important it is to know what to do once this arises. I travel often to California, so I'm definitely going to reread this, favorite it, and read it again. Thanks for the information!

    • GonnaFly profile image


      9 years ago from Australia

      Although I've never been in an earthquake, I guess they could happen here. It's good to be informed. You have made some great points which would be applicable to lots of different disasters.

    • RhondaAlbom profile image

      Rhonda Albom 

      9 years ago from New Zealand

      Excellent advice Kathy. I have lensrolled to my two earthquake lenses, as they all compliment each other.

    • noxid25 profile image


      9 years ago

      A wonderfully written lens, with great tips and up to date news information. 5 stars!

    • SandyMertens profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Very useful and well timed lens.

    • lakern26 lm profile image

      lakern26 lm 

      9 years ago

      What valuable information! Last year, I finally started preparing emergency bags for my family. We don't live in an earthquake-prone area (thankfully), but it never hurts to be prepared for any disaster, as you've said. It seems there's always something to learn on this subject, so thank you so much for sharing your wisdom. Stay safe.

    • Ecolicious LM profile image

      Penny Pincher G 

      9 years ago

      Very useful. Lensrolling to my Haiti lens

    • Ecolicious LM profile image

      Penny Pincher G 

      9 years ago

      Very useful. Lensrolling to my Haiti lens

    • Heather426 profile image

      Heather Burns 

      9 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I live in Earthquake country too, just north of L.A. by Vasquez Rocks on the San Andreas we do keep some things ready. Will add a few things after reading this!

    • LisaDH profile image


      9 years ago

      Great job! Those of us who live in earthquake country can become too complacent. I lived in the Bay Area for many years and lived through several large earthquakes, including Loma Prieta. I had an earthquake kit, but still didn't spend much time worrying about quakes. Now every time I drive down to the Bay Area I keep thinking about the Hayward Fault, which is overdue for an eruption.

    • Kimsworld LM profile image

      Kimsworld LM 

      9 years ago

      I have only felt a couple of small earthquakes. They were in California. It was an eerie feeling, because you have no control, there is nothing you can do.

      I can't imgine what it felt like in Chile.

      Great information here, I hope I never need it.

    • LotusMalas profile image


      9 years ago

      Congratulations on Nail that Niche! I used to live in Southern California, so I know the importance of the information in this lens!

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      Just revisiting this lens to say thank you for your kind words and blessing on Nail that Niche. This is definitely one of your many niches.

    • imaginemdd lm profile image

      imaginemdd lm 

      9 years ago

      This is a helpful and informative lens. I live in California and appreciate all the info I can get. I've bookmarked your site and also lensrolled this to my Earthquake Preparedness Planning for your Pets lens. Thanks for the information.

    • Richard-H profile image


      9 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Coming from the UK, I must admit this is something that I have never had to be concerned about. But, as you point out, travelling to different parts of the world, one needs to be aware. Thanks for the great advice.

    • KathyMcGraw2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy McGraw 

      9 years ago from California

      @anonymous: AJ- like Rachel you are lucky to live free of quakes. I didn't know about the Greek Island, fascinating. And actually, as you have mentioned even if we don't live in an earthquake area, we could be visiting somewhere that does. Many of these tips help travelers as well. Pack a small first aid kit, program your phone, learn the exit routes of places you stay or visit.

      As to the trunk...when I got my stuff ready last week, I actually took 2 of the most prized possessions from my Rocket Moms lens, plus the phone! The photos I chose to leave....they are in my mind anyway.

    • KathyMcGraw2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy McGraw 

      9 years ago from California

      @Rachel Field: Hi Rachel...lucky you, but some of these are good for any disaster :)

    • KathyMcGraw2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy McGraw 

      9 years ago from California

      @enslavedbyfaeries: I agree that as they get older there is more info they need, and anyone with a cell phone should program ICE into it. Sad part is we never know when disaster will strike, good news is we can do things to prepare. Thank you for stopping by :)

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      We do not live in an area where earthquakes happen, although the UK does suffer very mild tremors from time to time. However, we did visit Kefalonia some years ago, which is a Greek Island and the most severe Earthquake zone in the Mediterranean.

      The whole island was devastated in the 50s and there was still evidence of the earthquake when we visited.

      This lens gives such good advice. There was a RocketMoms challenge to produce a lens about your most prized possession and I remember reading about someone who has a large wooden trunk near the front door, with all her prized possessions in it in case there is a fire. I guess you could do the same in the event of an earthquake.

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      I haven't updated my emergency kits for years and reading this made me realize how much older my girls are now and how much more information they need in case they are home alone if disaster strikes. Thanks for the awesome tips!

    • Rachel Field profile image

      Rachel Field 

      9 years ago

      Great information, Kathy and lots of useful tips. I can't imagine I'll ever be in an earthquake here but one never knows!

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 

      9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Great information! Lensrolling to my Backpack Survival Kit and Car Survival Kit lenses.

    • spunkyduckling profile image


      9 years ago

      Earthquakes are very actually would have been a nice feeling if it wasn't such a threat. I had a good laugh with the videos..thanks for putting this lens together. Know others will find it very useful. You got some good information here. The last strongest earthquake I experienced (5.5) magnitude work me up in my sleep and left me with panic attacks. Could have ruined my mental state of mind LOL Thank goodness those panic attacks don't happen anymore!

    • Wednesday-Elf profile image


      9 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Wow - earthquakes in Riverside. I must call my friend who lives there! It's always an excellent idea to have a disaster preparedness kit ready. Regarding earthquakes, I experienced only one tiny tremor on the central coast of California back in the 1970s and remember it well. But I did once have to evacuate for a Hurricane on the Georgia Coast and ever since then have been fully prepared with the basic essentials for any type of natural disaster. Thanks for the review - it's a good reminder to double-check my 'kit'.

    • Ramkitten2000 profile image

      Deb Kingsbury 

      9 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      You give excellent advice here. It's easy to think things like this will never happen to us, but it's so much better to be prepared than to try to scramble at the last moment, when sometimes there is only a moment to evacuate. I've never had to deal with an earthquake, but our Search and Rescue team has been involved with some local wildfires, and it's a real eye-opener, seeing families that are completely unprepared for the reality of having to leave their homes in just minutes.

    • Michey LM profile image

      Michey LM 

      9 years ago

      Great, being prepare for catastrophes is a great idea, sometime we don't know where they will hit, but to do our best can help.



    • Addy Bell profile image

      Addy Bell 

      9 years ago

      This is great advice. It reminds me of how unprepared I am ... I've lived in CA for 12 years without a major quake, and I'm getting complacent.

    • luvmyludwig lm profile image

      luvmyludwig lm 

      9 years ago

      This is a great lens with all the information one would need when dealing with an earthquake. It was so scary the other night when we were in chat when the earthquake started, but I'm glad you took precautions and gathered up items you would need.

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      That must have been really scary. Believe it or not, we had a minor earthquake in Indianapolis a year or two ago. It woke me up and I had no idea what it was but my husband knew right away. Great tips, information, and resources in this lens!

    • poptastic profile image

      Cynthia Arre 

      9 years ago from Quezon City

      Really well done and informative lens, Kathy! So much information on here that we can all use. I have given it a boost so that more people may find their way to it. *blessed*

    • justholidays profile image


      9 years ago

      Would be useful tips for those in my country who live in an area that is subject to earthquakes these last years... My thoughts to the last weeks earthquakes victims all over the world!

      Squidangel blessings to the tips to prepare yourself for Earthquake!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)