Earthquake Preparedness – Are You Ready?

July 29, 2008 at 9:34 pm 2 comments

Since I got a 5.4 magnitude reminder today I thought that a post about earthquake preparedness would be a good subject. Yes I do live in the Los Angeles area and it seems we dodged the big one yet again…..

However there are numerous resources brought you by all manner of government agencies and private organizations.  I believe that one of the most prudent is that one put together by the City of Los Angeles Fire Department ( It comes as a well thought out PDF file, easily printed out to keep with your emergency kit. You do have an emergency kit don’t you? It covers building that kit and a great many other preparedness items as well as instructions and directions that will be helpful during and after an earthquake.

Next I would like to point you toward a great collection of links and resources brought to you by the United States Geological Survey Agency ( The links include advice on how to minimize damage in and about your home as well and good child friendly explainers to help reassure your family before and after an event.

Of course FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) also has a set of resources on the subject:

I also want to include the American Red Cross’s site even though it is basically a repeat of the sources listed above except that it includes a Spanish language version of this information that the other sites lack:,1082,0_583_,00.html

I have also found one more site that has some additional information about high frequency earthquake areas as well as skeptical analysis of some of the bad information out there like the SciFi Channel TV show that talks about an impossible 10.5 magnatude earthquake.

Lastly I want to mention a device that should be on all homes and businesses in earthquake country.  It is an earthquake shut off valve for your natural gas line. Here is a page with a good diagram of one and a short explanation of how they work. ( Now keep in mind that these devices should be installed by a licensed contractor or plumber and that you must get the permission of the utility and city to install one.  Every city and utility has their own approved devices and methods  that must be followed.  In Southern California a good estimate of pricing would be between $300 – $500 depending on the city. However if the device prevents a fire and saves your home the cost is more than fair and may even get you a discount on your home insurance.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Josh Maxwell  |  July 29, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Nice site. Theres some good information on here. Ill be checking back regularly.

  • 2. Fallout Shelter  |  August 28, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    As a former CA resident, I know what it is to grow up with the tremors. It is one of the reasons that preparedness has become an important part of my life.

    Even though I eventually moved to an area that is less prone to them, we have still had at least one humdinger in the last 10 years (Nisqually quake, 6.8 in 2001).

    Be Prepared and Survive!


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