Earthquake Tools And Preparedness
As a resident of the LA area since birth, I’m all too familiar with earthquakes. And now after going years without a large scale quake, we just might be due for “The Big One” as some experts would refer to. Welp, we’re here to help you out in the case this mega-quake ever does rage California. On top of food, water, and some sort of shelter, here’s some earthquake zone specific tools and needs you might look to invest in.
There are earthquake specific wrenches out on the Internet you can buy, but there’s no real substitution for the strength and versatility of a general pipe wrench. Unless you’re packing light, go with a heavy duty pipe wrench. In the case of earthquake or other natural disaster that may affect pipelines, it’s good to have one around to shut off the gas and water to prevent any future damage to property and people. If you’re a homeowner, you can actually buy an earthquake shutoff valve to attach to your gas and water lines for an extra bit of protection. While they are useful, it’s also good to double check your pipes and such after a quake. No safeguard is foolproof so just make sure you have a thorough list of things to check on for leaks, flooding, or potentially dangerous structural damage. Even apartment dwellers should keep one of these wrenches handy in the case you help other people out.
These straps can be found at pretty much any hardware store. While they stand out and look ugly as hell, you can protect those valuables of yours from being smashed to smithereens and maybe even save yourself from bodily harm. If there’s a massive tremor that’s big enough to break California off of the rest of the United States, we’ll be one pretty sweet island. But something that big also would turn your abode into rubble pretty quickly. However, these straps might buy you a few extra moments of time to hide out in a doorway without having to worry about electronics flying everywhere. There’s also straps to hold cabinets in place as well which would be nice in the event your doorway becomes blocked by busted up cabinetry.
On top of some of these tools and what you should already have in terms of emergency supplies, some common sense when designing your place should come into play. Hanging a bigass painting above your headboard in the bedroom? Probably not a good idea. A huge bookcase towering next to your bed? Strap that shit down. A little thought into earthquake preparedness goes a long way so plan accordingly. We’ll see you after the Big One when California turns into a Mad Max-ish wasteland. Without the anti-semitic Mel Gibson that is.