Keeping up with kits and knowledge for earthquakes

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An example of an American Red Cross emergency kit

Tomorrow, Feb 28, is the anniversary of the Nisqually earthquake that shook a large part of Washington State. This earthquake in 2001 was a reminder that natural disasters can happen at any time and sometimes without any warning at all. There is no season for earthquakes so it is helpful to always be ready. The time to prepare for an earthquake is before it happens. There are many ways you can prepare for an earthquake, from learning about safety precautions and procedures, to having the essentials available when you really need them.

Have an emergency kit

The American Red Cross has a basic emergency kit that can be prepared and then placed in a safe, accessible place so it can be grabbed quickly in an emergency.

Know before you go

Here is a great refresher on basic knowledge to store in the back of your mind. You cannot tell from the initial shaking if an earthquake will suddenly become intense… so always Drop, Cover, and Hold On immediately!

» DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),

» Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and

» HOLD ON to your shelter and be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.

Find more resources on the state Emergency Management Division website about preparing for — and surviving — an earthquake.

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