Earthquake Guide

How to prepare for an earthquake

Summer 2020

The best thing you can do to prepare for an earthquake is to not be in a building that is likely to collapse like a stack of pancakes when the ground shakes. That means you should check the building codes of your home, office, your child's school and see if they are constructed out of non-ductile concrete. In Los Angeles, building codes were updated in 1979, so if a building was built before then it might need to be retrofitted in order to be safe. It is extremely concerning that many schools in Los Angeles are known to not be safe buildings. You can read more about how you can check if a building is safe here

Securing objects.

There are a lot of small steps you can take that greatly increase your safety during an earthquake. The number one thing you can do when it hits is to protect your head and body from harmful debris. The best way to do that is to safely secure items that put you at risk. You can use the below items to secure shelves, bookcases, cabinets, and more. Also put a pair of sneakers by your bed to protect your feet - and know that the best thing you can do during an earthquake is to sleep through it.

Safe-T-Proof Tall Storage Cabinet Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Tall Storage Cabinet Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Tall Storage Cabinet Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Tall Storage Cabinet Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Tall Storage Cabinet Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Tall Storage Cabinet Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Tall Storage Cabinet Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Tall Storage Cabinet Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Tall Storage Cabinet Fastener

Safe-T-Proof Tall Storage Cabinet Fastener

$65.00
Safe-T-Proof Tabletop Equipment Fastening System
Safe-T-Proof Tabletop Equipment Fastening System
Safe-T-Proof Tabletop Equipment Fastening System
Safe-T-Proof Tabletop Equipment Fastening System
Safe-T-Proof Tabletop Equipment Fastening System
Safe-T-Proof Tabletop Equipment Fastening System
Safe-T-Proof Tabletop Equipment Fastening System

Safe-T-Proof Tabletop Equipment Fastening System

$24.49
Safe-T-Proof Flat Screen TV Monitor Anti-Tip Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Flat Screen TV Monitor Anti-Tip Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Flat Screen TV Monitor Anti-Tip Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Flat Screen TV Monitor Anti-Tip Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Flat Screen TV Monitor Anti-Tip Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Flat Screen TV Monitor Anti-Tip Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Flat Screen TV Monitor Anti-Tip Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Flat Screen TV Monitor Anti-Tip Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Flat Screen TV Monitor Anti-Tip Fastener

Safe-T-Proof Flat Screen TV Monitor Anti-Tip Fastener

$28.99
Safe-T-Proof Standard Refrigerator Earthquake Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Standard Refrigerator Earthquake Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Standard Refrigerator Earthquake Fastener
Safe-T-Proof Standard Refrigerator Earthquake Fastener

Safe-T-Proof Standard Refrigerator Earthquake Fastener

$65.00
SEISMOLATCH ULTRA: Automatic Cabinet Door Earthquake Latches
SEISMOLATCH ULTRA: Automatic Cabinet Door Earthquake Latches
SEISMOLATCH ULTRA: Automatic Cabinet Door Earthquake Latches
SEISMOLATCH ULTRA: Automatic Cabinet Door Earthquake Latches

SEISMOLATCH ULTRA: Automatic Cabinet Door Earthquake Latches

$24.95
SEISMOLATCH ULTRA: Peel-N-Stick Automatic Cabinet Door Earthquake Latches
SEISMOLATCH ULTRA: Peel-N-Stick Automatic Cabinet Door Earthquake Latches
SEISMOLATCH ULTRA: Peel-N-Stick Automatic Cabinet Door Earthquake Latches
SEISMOLATCH ULTRA: Peel-N-Stick Automatic Cabinet Door Earthquake Latches

SEISMOLATCH ULTRA: Peel-N-Stick Automatic Cabinet Door Earthquake Latches

$29.95
QuakeHold Museum Putty
QuakeHold Museum Putty

QuakeHold Museum Putty

$5.99

Head protection.

Even the Pope trusts in a helmet. Everyone in your household could benefit from having a helmet nearby. It is common in Japan to keep a folding helmet like the one below, both at work and home. Other options include a basic hard hat, or a more advanced helmet with a face shield and ear protection. You only get one head!

Pyramex Safety Full Brim Hard Hat
Pyramex Safety Full Brim Hard Hat
Pyramex Safety Full Brim Hard Hat
Pyramex Safety Full Brim Hard Hat
Pyramex Safety Full Brim Hard Hat

Pyramex Safety Full Brim Hard Hat

$14.86
Folding Helmet
Folding Helmet
Folding Helmet
Folding Helmet
Folding Helmet
Folding Helmet
Folding Helmet
Folding Helmet
Folding Helmet
Folding Helmet
Folding Helmet
Folding Helmet
Folding Helmet
Folding Helmet

Folding Helmet

$55.18

Gas shutoff & fire prevention.

After an earthquake, a big risk is a gas leak, which could also lead to an explosion. The best precaution you can take is to install an automatic gas shutoff valve. Another great option is the On Duty 4-in-1 Tool or a common wrench. It is a best practice to attach the device you will use to the utility box. If you turn it off, don't turn it back on yourself, call the gas company to do that. Be sure to also have a fire extinguisher, or five, around as well. 

On-Duty Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff 4-in-1 Tool
On-Duty Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff 4-in-1 Tool
On-Duty Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff 4-in-1 Tool
On-Duty Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff 4-in-1 Tool

On-Duty Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff 4-in-1 Tool

$16.80
Brass ABC Fire Extinguisher
Brass ABC Fire Extinguisher
Brass ABC Fire Extinguisher
Brass ABC Fire Extinguisher

Brass ABC Fire Extinguisher

$249.00
Earthquake Sensitive Gas Shut-Off Valve
Earthquake Sensitive Gas Shut-Off Valve

Earthquake Sensitive Gas Shut-Off Valve

$110.79

Search & rescue tools.

Be prepared for search and rescue. If you are a trapped victim, use a whistle instead of yelling in order to save your energy and to be more likely heard by first responders. Consider the additional items to protect both you and others.

Work Gloves
Work Gloves
Work Gloves

Work Gloves

$2.99
Uncharted First Aid Kit
Uncharted First Aid Kit
Uncharted First Aid Kit
Uncharted First Aid Kit
Uncharted First Aid Kit
Uncharted First Aid Kit

Uncharted First Aid Kit

$34.99
Uncharted M2 Face Mask
Uncharted M2 Face Mask
Uncharted M2 Face Mask

Uncharted M2 Face Mask

$36.95

Communications.

Receive NOAA alerts and stay in touch with your loves ones even if cell service is down. The two-way NOAA radios from Midland are our top recommendation.

Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio
Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio
Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio
Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio
Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio
Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio
Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio
Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio

Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio

$49.98
Midland Two-Way Radio NOAA Radios
Midland Two-Way Radio NOAA Radios
Midland Two-Way Radio NOAA Radios
Midland Two-Way Radio NOAA Radios
Midland Two-Way Radio NOAA Radios
Midland Two-Way Radio NOAA Radios
Midland Two-Way Radio NOAA Radios
Midland Two-Way Radio NOAA Radios
Midland Two-Way Radio NOAA Radios

Midland Two-Way Radio NOAA Radios

$34.99
goTenna Mesh | Two Off-Grid SMS & GPS
goTenna Mesh | Two Off-Grid SMS & GPS
goTenna Mesh | Two Off-Grid SMS & GPS
goTenna Mesh | Two Off-Grid SMS & GPS
goTenna Mesh | Two Off-Grid SMS & GPS
goTenna Mesh | Two Off-Grid SMS & GPS
goTenna Mesh | Two Off-Grid SMS & GPS
goTenna Mesh | Two Off-Grid SMS & GPS
goTenna Mesh | Two Off-Grid SMS & GPS

goTenna Mesh | Two Off-Grid SMS & GPS

$179.00

Bug out bag.

Be prepared to evacuate for up to 72 hours. Below are three great ready-to-go bag options. Note that you will still want to add personal items like a change of clothes, medications, a local map, and important documents. 

Complete Earthquake Kit for 1 Person
Complete Earthquake Kit for 1 Person
Complete Earthquake Kit for 1 Person
Complete Earthquake Kit for 1 Person
Complete Earthquake Kit for 1 Person
Complete Earthquake Kit for 1 Person
Complete Earthquake Kit for 1 Person
Complete Earthquake Kit for 1 Person
Complete Earthquake Kit for 1 Person
Complete Earthquake Kit for 1 Person

Complete Earthquake Kit for 1 Person

$114.99
Complete Earthquake Kit for 2 Persons
Complete Earthquake Kit for 2 Persons
Complete Earthquake Kit for 2 Persons
Complete Earthquake Kit for 2 Persons
Complete Earthquake Kit for 2 Persons
Complete Earthquake Kit for 2 Persons
Complete Earthquake Kit for 2 Persons
Complete Earthquake Kit for 2 Persons
Complete Earthquake Kit for 2 Persons

Complete Earthquake Kit for 2 Persons

$149.99
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit
24Seven - Complete Kit

24Seven - Complete Kit

$349.00
Complete Earthquake Kit for 4 Persons
Complete Earthquake Kit for 4 Persons
Complete Earthquake Kit for 4 Persons
Complete Earthquake Kit for 4 Persons
Complete Earthquake Kit for 4 Persons
Complete Earthquake Kit for 4 Persons
Complete Earthquake Kit for 4 Persons

Complete Earthquake Kit for 4 Persons

$219.99
Uncharted Go Bag: The Seventy2
Uncharted Go Bag: The Seventy2
Uncharted Go Bag: The Seventy2
Uncharted Go Bag: The Seventy2

Uncharted Go Bag: The Seventy2

$349.99
The SEVENTY2 Pro
The SEVENTY2 Pro
The SEVENTY2 Pro
The SEVENTY2 Pro
The SEVENTY2 Pro

The SEVENTY2 Pro

$499.99

Shelter at home.

Experts recommend being ready to shelter at home for up to two weeks. That means having enough water, food, and other basics in case supply chain lines remain disrupted. Enjoy peace of mind by being prepared.

Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio
Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio
Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio
Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio
Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio
Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio
Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio
Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio

Kaito NOAA Emergency Radio

$49.98
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage
WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage

WaterBOB Bathtub Emergency Water Storage

$34.95
On-Duty Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff 4-in-1 Tool
On-Duty Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff 4-in-1 Tool
On-Duty Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff 4-in-1 Tool
On-Duty Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff 4-in-1 Tool

On-Duty Emergency Gas and Water Shutoff 4-in-1 Tool

$16.80
Aquamira Water Treatment
Aquamira Water Treatment

Aquamira Water Treatment

$14.95
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock
SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock

SentrySafe Fire and Waterproof Safe with Key Lock

$49.84
Brass ABC Fire Extinguisher
Brass ABC Fire Extinguisher
Brass ABC Fire Extinguisher
Brass ABC Fire Extinguisher

Brass ABC Fire Extinguisher

$249.00