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To decide which items to include, we relied on the extensive research done for our larger guide to emergency preparedness, as well as on Wirecutter reporters’ testing of fire extinguishers, emergency radios, LED lanterns, and USB power banks, among others. We spoke with Tammy Franks, program manager for Home and Community Injury Prevention at the National Safety Council. And we considered our own experience. Personally, I’ve been through about 15 earthquakes (that I could feel) in California, and three in Indonesia (but no tsunamis, thank goodness). The worst tremor, by far, was California’s South Napa quake in 2014. I was in Napa Valley, at the epicenter, when the 6.0 magnitude earthquake—the largest in the Bay Area since the 1989 Loma Prieta quake—hit. The glass doors in the condo complex shattered, and the power lines twisted and sparked. I was sleeping on the floor in the living room, and I can still remember, after it was over, staring up at the ceiling, watching the big, black chandelier above me eerily, silently swinging.
It’s a good idea to gather your supplies in a bin or bag and to include some nonperishable food. Storing supplies outside makes sense, if you can, especially if you live in a mild climate. In the 1994 Northridge, California, earthquake, garage doors were knocked off-kilter and jammed, trapping supplies inside. “Also make sure to have your critical documents,” Franks said. Those include (at the very least) copies of your ID, medical insurance cards, and insurance policy numbers. Keep them in a secure place where you can quickly grab them, in the cloud or even in a safe deposit box, “so you’re not having to try to access a file cabinet in a collapsed building.”
Source: NY Times – Wirecutter
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