The October 17 Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill at 10:17 a.m. is a great reminder to take a look at your current emergency supplies for home, car and office.
Organize or refresh your emergency supply kits. Be prepared for the possibility that you, your family or those in your school or work place may need to remain in place for two or three days.
Store at least 1 gallon (4 liters) of water per person, per day. At the least, purchase a case of water bottles for your car, today, and worry about the proper quantities, later.
What other supplies might you need if transportation routes were blocked and you needed to remain in the same place for an extended period of time?
Organize and refresh your emergency equipment – fire extinguishers, first aid, flashlights, food, crank radios, satellite phones, generators, fuel. Make sure that everyone in your family or workplace knows the location of the supplies and how to use them. If items are wrapped like new, store a pair of scissors with the supplies, or unwrap them now so you won't be faced with packages you can't open.
What else would you need to be on your own for up to two weeks? That's how long emergency response officials say people might be without assistance. Start your list today and post it on the refrigerator for the next shopping.
What would you need if you are in your car or office when the earthquake strikes? If you don't know your company's emergency plan, ask to read it or ask questions about what is expected of you on the job after a quake.
Consider other scenarios and situations you encounter regularly in your life, and what supplies you may need to help yourself and others in the event of a major earthquake.