How To Earthquake Proof Your Bedroom

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Updated 3/8/21

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Even though Melanie grew up in Southern California, when she actually felt an earthquake for the first time, she didn’t know what to do first. 

And if you’ve ever gone through an earthquake you know what she means.  Our first “real” shaker was the Whittier quake and it was so strong it had me pinned to the bed.  That’s why it’s so important to have the things you need at your fingertips, before the quake strikes. 
And with the way the world has been the last few years — from hurricanes to wildfires, tornadoes and oh yeah, COVID — having ways to keep your family safe and connected no matter WHAT is happening around you, is more important than ever.
One of the reasons that earthquakes are so hard to prepare for is that they tend to happen very early in the morning.  Imagine being shaken out of a sound sleep, only to realize that your bed, your walls and your floor are all moving in opposite directions, while you helplessly try to remember the first item on your disaster checklist.
Which is why Melanie was running around pulling thing after thing out of her closet yelling, “WHERE ARE MY EARTHQUAKE CLOTHES???!!!”
Of course, a few minutes later she realized she didn’t even need to leave her house the whole wardrobe thing ended up being a non-issue.  What she was really looking for was a way to regain a sense of control.  Her way of doing that just happened to be fashion.
Which is why Melanie was running around pulling thing after thing out of her closet yelling, “WHERE ARE MY EARTHQUAKE CLOTHES???!!!”
As longtime residents of Southern California we know how hard people work to get their offices, their homes and their garages ready for an earthquake.  But since most earthquakes happen in the wee hours of the morning, people don’t have their basic supplies where they need to be.   Their bedroom.
So let’s take care of that right now. 
There are two things to keep in mind while making your bedroom earthquake safe.    

Safety and Communication

Safety 

Make your bedroom as safe as possible, during and after an earthquake, by storing earthquake and first aid supplies near your bed and anchoring items and furniture that might fall or break.

Your Emergency Kit  

First, get a sturdy metal or heavy plastic box to hold your basic emergency supplies.  Make sure that it closes well and is heavy enough to stay where you put it, even during intense shaking.
Put it directly under your bed, so that you can grab it easily without having to get out of the bed.
In this box, place:
A whistle, a few protein bars, a few bottles of water, a small flashlight, small emergency radio, a first aid kit and a portable charger that will give you extra battery life for cell phones.  The rest of your supplies – whatever you feel would be necessary for you and your family – can go into the closet beneath your earthquake clothes. 
Next to the box, place a pair of rubber-soled shoes for you and your spouse.  If you have kids, their shoes and a small flashlight should go under their beds.   
The instant an earthquake wakes you – especially if it’s one that causes a lot of damage – put your shoes on before you get out of bed.  There might be broken glass or debris on the floor.  That goes double if you have to leave your home.  Outside you could encounter rocks, pieces of brick from chimneys or downed power lines.

The Closet

Choose a generic earthquake outfit.  If it’s cold out, jeans and a sweatshirt or warm sweater, plus a warm jacket and socks.  If it’s warmer, jeans, light layers and a light jacket and socks.  If you have to leave your home, you won’t necessarily get back in for hours or days.  Store that outfit together at the end of your closet nearest to your bed, so you can grab the clothes and put them on without wasting time thinking about it.   As much as we love you Melanie, this is no time for high fashion!
Right below your earthquake clothes, place a small box with the rest of your earthquake supplies.  
This should include a hand-crank or battery powered radio, a larger flashlight, extra batteries, a few more bottles of water, high calorie or high protein food that will stay fresh for a year, a can opener (the one we love opens cans without leaving sharp edges ), a small stash of cash, and if you have one, a portable television with an antenna.  One other thing you can include is a small generator.  
If anyone in your family needs glasses, contact lenses or prescription drugs, throw those in as well.  If they or you need refrigerated insulin, consider buying a small portable refrigerator for your bedroom.   Even if the electricity goes out, the refrigerator will remain cold enough for a few hours, until you can get help.   Then place a reminder on your calendar every few months, to recycle the perishable items in your kit with fresh items.

Furniture

Make sure all of the cabinets, pictures, mirrors, televisions and anything else breakable in your bedroom are anchored down, so they don’t turn into earthquake driven torpedoes that can harm you or your family.   Carol Burnett had a close call during the Northridge Quake when a television flew off her bookcase and landed on her bed. Even though she always laid on that side, that night she had trouble sleeping and switched to the other side of the bed! 
The best things we’ve found to anchor furniture and breakable objects without harming them is Quakehold. Quakehold straps secure furniture like bookcases while blending right into your decor.
Do you have breakable figurines, picture frames or glass keepsakes in bookcases or on dressers?  If so, anchor the bottom of the keepsake to the surface with Quakehold Museum Wax.  It holds items securely to a surface without harming either.  And if it’s in a bookcase, be sure to affix the keepsake to the back of the bookcase as well for extra safety.
If you have the space, move a heavy piece of furniture into your bedroom that you and your spouse can use for shelter during a quake.  A heavy table or a desk you can both fit under is ideal.

Communication

Make sure you can easily connect with the world around you, from your bedroom.

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After an earthquake, if the electricity is still on, turn on the TV or radio, so you’ll have a friendly voice there in the room with you and you won’t feel isolated or alone.  Besides true Angelenos always bet on how big the earthquake was and never go back to bed until they hear Dr. Kate Hutton’s report on the preliminary magnitude from Cal Tech, so they can see who won the bet.
Keep one cell phone in the room with you at night, where you can easily reach it.  And get into the habit of plugging it into the charger like the Spin Power Electric Charging Station  when you get home in the evening so it will always be ready to go whenever you need it.
You’re probably wondering why we mentioned putting a whistle in your emergency kit.  When the Northridge earthquake hit, many apartment residents were trapped in their bedrooms and had to be rescued. 
A whistle can help you communicate your location to rescue teams.  That and a cell phone with GPS are both are a good idea.
If you have a landline phone, keep it.  Cell phones are great, but the chances of cell towers being down after an earthquake are much more likely than phone lines being inoperable.  And even if they’re up and running, cell traffic, tweeting, Instagram and texting skyrocket after an earthquake, overwhelming the circuits. 
Give yourself as many alternate ways of communicating as possible.  Preferably a smartphone, satellite phone, landline phone and a notebook, iPad, or tablet with Wi-Fi access.
Don’t forget, that if you need to check on local friends or relatives, it’s usually easier to call long distance numbers, than local numbers after an earthquake.  It’s smart to appoint an out of town contact for all of your family members to check in with, until your communications within the quake zone return to normal.
Taking a few minutes to make your room earthquake friendly now, can make all the difference when you really need it.

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Here are some high-tech toys are designed to help you get the information you need, keepsakes you treasure and people you love, through life’s little and not so little disasters and easily as possible.  In other words, toys that are just waiting to smooth out life’s little speed bumps.
9 Inch Portable Digital TV
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Artix Power Bank Water Resistant Backpack
BenjiLock By Hampton
Casio Men’s GA-100 XL Series G-Shock
Coleman Multi-Panel LED Lantern
Complete Earthquake Bag Emergency Kit
Doc Spartan Combat Ready Ointment
Eton Ultimate AM/FM/NOAA Radio Smartphone Charger
Garmin Drive 61 USA LMT-S GPS Navigator System
Goal Zero Yeti 150 Portable Power Station
Gold Tigerking Digital Security Safe
Iridium GO! Satellite Phone Wi-Fi Hotspot
Jackery External Battery Charger
LuminAID PackLite 2-in-1 Phone Charger Lanterns
Nanoflow X – Lifeline Dry Bag
Quakehold Museum Wax
Quakehold Straps
SanDisk 500GB Extreme Portable External Hard Drive
SignalVault RFID Blocking Credit Debit Card Protector
Spin Power  Electric Charging Station
Sprigs Unisex Banjees 2 Pocket Wrist Wallet
Swiss+Tech ST81005 Auto Emergency Escape Tool
Tigerking Digital Security Safe
Tile Mate & Slim 4-Pack
WeMo Smartphone Connected Electrical Outlets
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Cubii Pro Seated Under Desk Elliptical Machine
I’m Smiling On The Inside Face Masks
iHealth No-Touch Forehead Thermometer
iProvèn Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor
KODAK Luma 150 Pocket Projector
No-Touch Door Opener, Button Pusher Tool
Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor
PhoneSoap 3 UV Smartphone Sanitizer
Sony Tie-Clip-Style Omnidirectional Microphone
Total Gym APEX G5 Total Body Strength Training
Zacurate Fingertip Pulse Oximeter
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How To Get Ready For An Earthquake – Part Two

Updated 3/8/21

How To Get Ready For An Earthquake – Part Two

In our last post, we began our discussion on the best ways to prepare for future quakes.  As we said, we always tell our readers that the first step, is to make sure that you have your earthquake survival gear and know how to secure your home and personal safety when an earthquake strikes.
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The second, is to make sure that you’re able to grab everything you need – necessities, keepsakes, vital information – and leave for a safe location, in less than ten minutes.   This may sound impossible, but it’s a LOT easier than it sounds.  All you need is to do is ensure you have access to all the items and information that will help you get back to living your normal life, as quickly and easily as possible.
The best way to physically prepare for earthquakes, is to think through the different scenarios that could take place.  If a quake is large enough to have to “deal with” chances are, the electricity is going to go out.  Telephone and/or cell service could also be down.  In the Calexico earthquake, power lines fell, plunging the city into darkness.  That means not only means you won’t have light, but you also won’t have power for computers or televisions and radios.  Grocery and drug stores won’t be able to ring up purchases, ATMs won’t work, garage door openers might not function.  Name any tool in this world and chances are it’s powered by electricity. 
So your first defense is making sure that you always have an alternative source of power, battery powered flashlights, extra cash, a supply of canned or frozen food that doesn’t need to be cooked to be eaten, and the all important supply of water – enough to last you and everyone in your family for three days.  Your home or neighborhood might be damaged.  Broken glass and rocks will be strewn everywhere.  Rubber-soled shoes, a warm jacket and other emergency gear should be easily reachable from your bed or right inside your closet.   Since most earthquakes happen in the middle of the night — don’t ask me why — you really need to make your bedroom earthquake ready. We have an entire post on it here on the blog.
Here’s a video we created called “How To Make Your Money Accessible Whenever You Need It”, that gives you a simple formula you can use to estimate how much cash you would need to have in the house to get through an emergency.  
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There are literally hundreds of sources that can give you tremendous lists of what you should have on hand during an earthquake, including our web site.  Even more will give you specific instructions on what to do before and after a quake – for example, how to turn off your gas line, or when to boil your water – so we won’t get into details like that.   You should also create or update your evacuation checklist, detailing the items that you and your family would need if you were unable to live in your home for three or more days.  This includes all of your necessities, prescriptions, vital documents (or access to them on portable hard drives, online or in out of area safe deposit boxes), keepsakes, personal and professional contacts, ID and basic medical history and anything else that your family will need while evacuated.

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But I want you to think about something.  Think about the last few earthquakes – or hurricanes for that matter.  Think about the coverage you saw on CNN or the local news.  Think about the faces of the people in the midst of the quake zone or the storm.  They looked shell-shocked, terrified, lost.  Most of those people, were at least moderately prepared for a disaster.  Those in earthquake country most likely had stockpiled some food and water, those in hurricane country might even have evacuated and done everything their local news and emergency authorities told them to do.  And yet, after the disaster, they were standing there, scared and helpless, because their homes, the people they loved, and basically their entire lives have been destroyed to the point that their own existence was now unrecognizable.  All of those people, rich and poor, young and old — they all had one thing in common.  They had NO idea where to go and what to do from here.
And THAT – knowing what to do and where to go after the disaster, is the next step.  The most important step of all.
Continued in part three…

How To Get Ready For An Earthquake – Part Three

How To Get Ready For An Earthquake – Part One

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This cutting-edge system is designed to help you get the information you need, keepsakes you treasure and people you love, through life’s little and not so little disasters. In one piece. So you can get back to living your normal life, as quickly and painlessly as possible. Paperback Or Instant Download

 

 

How To Organize Your Digital Life

How To Organize Your Digital Life gives a place to record all of your passwords, account information and even emergency instructions, along with secure ways to access them remotely, putting your social media life and your business life exactly where it belongs. At your fingertips. Paperback Or Instant Download

 

Keep The Stuff You Love Safe

How To Save Your Treasured Voice Mail Messages
How To Save Your Home Movies And Videos
How To Archive Your Digital Photos
How To Archive Your Print Photos
How To Make A Home Inventory
How To Get Your Financial Life In Order
How To Preserve Your Family History
How To Back Up Your Facebook Friends List
Turn Your Smartphone Into A Mobile Command Center
How To Backup Your Music, MP3s And Vinyl Albums
How To Access Your Money No Matter Where You Are