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How to Get Ready for Earthquake

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Written by Susan Golis   

An earthquake may occur without warning and depending on the magnitude it will cause horrific damage.  If you live in an area that is known for earthquakes then you will know what to expect but if you live in Oklahoma and the surrounding area and states then you will need to learn more and get your home ready for an earthquake.

On November 15, 2011 there were 9 earthquakes in Oklahoma.  These earthquakes all occurred within 24 hours. .  Residents from the central Oklahoma area are accustomed to tornados and earthquakes have been rare. The 5.6 magnitude earthquake was the worst in Oklahoma history,

Earthquakes in Oklahoma 11/5/11

2:12 a.m. = 4.7 magnitude

2:27 a.m. = 3.2 magnitude

2:44 a.m. = 2.7 magnitude

2:50 a.m. = 2.7 magnitude

4:12 a.m. = 3.3 magnitude

6:24 a.m. = 3.3 magnitude

8:42 a.m. = 3.4 magnitude

9:36 a.m. = 3.6 magnitude

10:53 p.m. = 5.6 magnitude

These Oklahoma earthquakes are due to humans and thus a major earthquake could happen tomorrow.  If that were the case would you be earthquake ready? Get ready for an earthquake by following these tips.

Step 1

Plan for Evacuation: Have an emergency plan.  If your home should sustain major damage have a plan for an escape for you your family and your pets.

Step 2

Gather important papers and put them in a waterproof sturdy locked box that will withstand the elements.  Papers would be homeowner’s insurance papers, car title, home title or lender information, pet medical records, your medical records, copy of drivers’ license, passport, or voter’s registration.  Papers that prove that you are who you say you are.

Step 3

Make arrangements for a safe haven for you, your family and your pets.  Choose an area away from the disaster zone.  Give contact information; name, address and phone number to all family members.

Step 4

Gather supplies for disaster emergency kit.  Make up several kits so that if your home is destroyed you will be able to get your kit from your car or from your office.  Your disaster kit should have the following: 5 days of non perishable food, water for each person, change of clothing, rain gear, camping gear, toilet paper, soap, flashlights, batteries, portable radio, first aid kit, cash, medication, whistle, fire extinguisher, respirator mask, blankets and sleeping bags

Step 5

Teach your family to drop to the ground, cover your head and hold on during an earthquake.  By teaching these survival tips you will reduce the risk of injury or death.  If you are at home go under your dining room table and hold onto the legs firmly.  Move with the table until the tremor passes.  Being under the table will shield your from falling objects.  If you are at school, protect yourself by dropping and going under a sturdy desk.  If you are in the city then run away from the buildings and go to an open area like a park.  Buildings will collapse so it is best to get away from danger.

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Sign up for a class for emergency training in first aid and CPR.

If an earthquake should strike your home and cause major disaster check your family for injures, and check your neighbors to make sure that they are okay.  Turn off the gas in your home if you are able if not take family members to a safe area.

Use caution and watch for down power lines.

Check your homeowner’s policy for earthquake coverage.

The 5.6 magnitude earthquake that shook central Oklahoma could be felt in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Wisconsin.

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References: Earthquake Information

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