Earthquake Kit Supplies and Emergency Preparedness

Quick Guide8 First Aid Kit Essentials for Scrapes, Cuts, Bug Bites, and More in Pictures

8 First Aid Kit Essentials for Scrapes, Cuts, Bug Bites, and More in Pictures

Outdoor Safety

If outdoors, move away from buildings and utility wires. The greatest danger from falling debris is just outside doorways and close to outer walls. Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops.


If you are in a moving automobile, stop as quickly and safely as possible and move over to the shoulder or curb, away from utility poles, overhead wires, and under- or overpasses. Stay in the vehicle, set the parking brake, and turn on the radio for emergency broadcast information. A car may jiggle violently on its springs, but it is a good place to stay until the shaking stops. If you are in a life-threatening situation, you may be able to reach someone with either a cellular or an emergency roadside assistance phone.

When you drive on, watch for hazards created by the earthquake, such as breaks in the pavement, downed utility poles and wires, a fallen overpasses and bridges.

Emergency supplies for earthquake preparedness

Stock up now on emergency supplies that can be used after an earthquake. These supplies should include a first aid kit, survival kits for the home, automobile, and workplace, and emergency water and food. Store enough supplies to last at least 3 days.

First aid kit

Store your first aid supplies in a tool box or fishing tackle box so they will be easy to carry and protected from water. Inspect your kit regularly and keep it freshly stocked. NOTE: Important medical information and most prescriptions can be stored in the refrigerator, which also provides excellent protection from fires.


  • Hydrogen peroxide to wash and disinfect wounds

  • Antibiotic ointment

  • Individually wrapped alcohol swabs

  • Aspirin and non-aspirin tablets

  • Prescriptions and any long-term medications (keep these current)

  • Diarrhea medicine

  • Eye drops


  • Bandage strips

  • Ace bandages

  • Rolled gauze

  • Cotton-tipped swabs

  • Adhesive tape roll

Other First Aid Supplies

  • First aid book

  • Scissors

  • Tweezers

  • Thermometer

  • Bar soap

  • Tissues

  • Sunscreen

  • Paper cups

  • Pocket knife

  • Small plastic bags

  • Safety pins

  • Needle and thread

  • Instant cold packs for sprains

  • Sanitary napkins

  • Splinting materials

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