Earthquakes are one of the wonders of nature that can happen in an instant – any time of the year. There is no particular season for earthquakes which means you should be prepared year-round. Teaching your children what to do when an earthquake strikes can help keep them safe. Here are some ways you can prepare now for an earthquake later.
Be sure you and your children have an extra pair of shoes right by their bed in the event of an earthquake at night. Putting them in a nightstand or somewhere they reach from their bed will allow them to put them on before getting out. Earthquakes often lead to shattered glass throughout the home, so having shoes on is essential.
Earthquakes can also lead to power outages and water outages. Fill ziplock bags of water and add them to your freezer. This will not only help preserve your food longer in the event of an earthquake but can also be used if it melts. Be sure your pet bowls are filled up at all times and keep spare water in your home year-round.
If you live in an area where earthquakes are present, you will want to keep at least a half a tank of gas in your car all the time. If you need to evacuate, stopping at the closest gas station is not always an option – aside from the fact, the station may be closed or have non-functioning pumps due to the earthquake.
Keep Them Safe
If an earthquake occurs, your child should know what to expect – and where to go. Find safe spots in your home and tell the children where to go in the event of an earthquake. The safest places include interior rooms of your home that do not have any windows. This could be bathrooms, closets, or other rooms without windows.
If possible, you should take cover under heavy items such as a heavy table to prevent things from falling on you and your children. Identify a few places in your home that are safe and instruct your children to go directly to the closest one. You’ll also want to prepare a meeting location outside of the home in the event you need to evacuate the home.
Once you’ve come up with a plan – practice it with your children. Be sure they know what to do and where to go to keep them safe.