This was originally going to be posted as part of my How to Organize a Household Binder blog series; but I figure now is as good of a time as any to share this, whether you live in an earthquake zone or not. In this post I will go through my Emergency Category in my Household Binder, and I will also provide you with information sheets and free printables to get you started.
I have put together an Emergency Disaster Preparedness Information Sheet to give you some ideas and help you prepare, see below.
Is your family prepared?  Do you have an Emergency Disaster Preparedness Kit?  If so, what types of things do you have in your kit? If you would like to include any portion of my posts, projects or photos on your site, please contact me. During lease signing you received information from the American Red Cross about preparing your own personal emergency response kit. For the next 4 Mondays we’ll highlight some important ways that you can be prepared in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.
This entry was posted in Community Living, Emergency Preparedness and tagged emergency prep, NAP sites by Betsy.
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This survival kit was designed using advice from experts in the emergency preparedness industry. Earthquakes are often considered to be the most daunting and destructive of all natural disasters, because of the sheer, unstoppable power that creates them and the fact they occur without warning. Earthquakes are the result of the movement of the tectonic plates and the shifting of enormous masses of matter in and under the earth’s crust.
By having an earthquake preparedness plan, you can minimize the damage to your property and belongings, reduce the risk of injuries and fatalities, and shorten the time it takes to recover and restore your life to normal.


The shaking and rattling of an earthquake can easily rearrange all of your furniture and decor into a mass of broken, overturned pieces. The easiest way to start is by moving tall and top-heavy furniture away from beds, couches and anywhere people may be sitting, sleeping or otherwise off their feet. Install latches on all of your cabinets to prevent dishes, pans, and other objects from spilling out. In addition to securing your furniture, it can also be beneficial to look at the structural integrity of your home. If your home has a crawlspace under the floors, short walls should be supported with plywood panels. If you rent your home, ask the owner or property manager to make any improvements you believe are necessary for your safety.
Earthquakes may occur at any time, so it is very helpful if everyone in your family knows what to do should one occur. Create a plan for evacuating your home (this should include a common rendezvous point outside the home). Emergency supplies are essential to staying safe and healthy after a major earthquake occurs. To ease recovery after a major earthquake and to help emergency workers, it makes good sense to safeguard important documents. These recovery resources, brochures, and tips are here to help you in the process of recovery. This is a great location for your roommates or family members to congregate and to find each other after a large scale emergency.  Housing Assistants or other volunteers will be deployed to each NAP site and will check folks in on a roster.
It follows guidelines given by government agencies and non-profit preparedness organizations.


Although certain states, such as California, are more prone to experience earthquakes than other states are, the fact is that no one is safe from their devastation. The tectonic plates form the surface of the planet, and they have been shifting for many, many years. If your request is refused, you may want to consider moving into a home that is more secure.
These documents can be kept in a waterproof, fireproof safe or stored in a safety deposit box.
The Scrapbooking Housewife is an interactive resource providing ideas and inspiration for everyday life with kids; including papercrafting, organizing, free printables, tutorials, kids activities and parties, to name a few. An earthquake may occur anywhere in the United States at any time, and the most effective way to minimize the destruction they can cause is to be prepared and to understand what to do when they occur. In a study conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles, approximately 55 percent of earthquake injuries are caused by falling objects. When this energy grows stronger than the matter locking the plates together, it is released and has the potential to cause massive damage. You are responsible for providing your own drinking water and food as well as any other personal items you might need in case of an emergency.



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