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Staying Safe when an earthquake strikes

By Nadine Wimmer | Posted - Mar. 11, 2011 at 10:37 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- If a major earthquake were to hit Utah, would you be prepared? To help your family Stay Safe, be sure you have shelter, food and water.

"You can basically live about three hours in inclement weather without warmth and shelter," says Jonathan Dick, with The Ready Store.

No power?

"Just get a solar power (charger)," Dick says. "You can get all sorts of different accessories (that plug into it), like lights."

It will run most appliances and is especially important if you use medical equipment that requires electricity. Another tool can turn off your natural gas supply if you need to.

No food?

Better stock up on MREs or freeze-dried entrees. Freeze-dried foods have a 30-year shelf life and are made ready just by adding water.

No water?

We each need at least a gallon of water a day. Fresh water will last about 1 year. It will last 2 to 3 years if you add water preserver.

"There's things like canned water. This has a 30-year shelf life. It's a fantastic solution," Dick says. "You can just buy it, stick it in your garage, and not worry about it for 30 years."

You can also get pouches of water, and a water-purifying system is a good idea.

No phone?

If lands lines and cell towers go down, you can use a two-way radio for communication.

More

You'll need a first aid kit, a change of clothing, extra glasses, cash and credit cards, and an extra set of car keys -- among other things. CLICK HERE to see FEMA's Emergency Preparedness Checklist.

E-mail: dwimmer@ksl.com

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