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Three Things You can Do to Prepare for an Earthquake

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The most terrifying thing about an earthquake is the fact that it can happen at any time. The United States Geological Survey is unable to alert people about an imminent earthquake until a few minutes before it occurs. Therefore, you will only have a short time to shelter and prepare for the shaking.

First, determine the location of your building or home before an earthquake strikes. Next, decide what you will do in case it does. Make sure to identify any potential hazards and secure items that could fall in the event of an earthquake.

Make a checklist of all of your belongings and identify places to put them safely away until the shaking stops. You can also keep flammable liquids (such as paints and pest sprays) in closed cabinets on or below the shelves.

Next, take a look around your home to determine what furniture can be thrown or how heavy it is. Then, secure the items. This includes water heaters and major appliances, as well as tall, heavy items that may fall, such as mirrors or picture frames.

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Verify that the roof and foundation of your home are secured. Bolted homes are safer, and can help to avoid structural damage.

A strong foundation is essential for high-rise buildings. Make sure the floors are anchored to walls studs. Stability is key because foundations can collapse in earthquakes.

Do not try to move to a new room or leave the building until it stops shaking and is safe to do so. The power may not be available and there may be fire alarms or sprinkler systems.

You should stay in the center of your room during shaking. If you can't find an area to reach under a table/desk, crawl to an inner corner of a room and cover yourself with your arms.

Next, drop, cover and hold on until the shaking stops. This means that you should DROP to the floor, cover your neck and head with your arms, and then HOLD ON to a solid piece of furniture such as a desk or table.

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Then, you can sit, lie down, or sleep on the ground in a crouching position. Avoid glass, windows, and doors outside that might shatter. If the ceiling's height is adequate and there are no heavy, unsecured objects near it, you may also crawl to an inner wall.

When shaking stops, find an area where you can get to the ground and move out of the structure. If you're driving, pull over at the side of the road to stop.

If you live in an apartment, condo or townhouse, ensure that all floors are level and attach all water heaters and major appliances to the wall studs. Large appliances that are not secured to walls or on top a floor slab can cause serious injury during a quake.

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How do you stay calm in a survival situation

Calmness and patience will serve you well in most situations. It's easy to panic in a survival situation, especially if you are stranded somewhere far from civilization. But being calm and patient will enable you to cope with any circumstance.

It is important to understand that you can't change the outcome of any situation. Only you can change how you react to the situation. This will allow you to feel great about yourself, even if you don't achieve everything you want.

You must be calm and collected when you're in a survival situation. This means being prepared mentally and physically.

Mental preparation is about setting realistic expectations for yourself and setting clear goals.

Physical preparation includes ensuring you have enough food and water to last until rescue arrives.

After you have completed these two steps, you can begin to relax and enjoy your experience.

What can you do to survive in an emergency situation?

It is not easy to think of what to say next. You need to be prepared for any situation. You need to know how you will react to an unexpected problem.

You must also be ready to improvise if you find yourself in a situation where you're not sure what to do.

If you are in a survival situation, you will likely encounter problems such:

  • Being trapped in a remote area
  • Getting lost
  • Limited food supplies
  • Water running low
  • Facing hostile people
  • Facing wild animal
  • Finding shelter
  • Fighting off predators
  • Setting fire to
  • Making use of tools
  • Building shelters
  • Hunting
  • * Fishing

What is your most valuable survival tool in case you get lost?

The compass shows us the direction north. It also shows us how far we have traveled from our starting point. The compass may not always help you find your way if you're travelling to a mountainous area. The compass can usually tell you where you are if you are on a flat surface.

For those who don't have a compasse, you can use a rock or tree as a guide. However, you can still use a landmark as a way to navigate but it will be easier to determine north.


  • so you can be 100 percent hands-free, and there's less chance you'll put your torch down and lose it. (nymag.com)
  • Not only does it kill up to 99.9% of all waterborne bacteria and parasites, but it will filter up to 1,000 liters of water without the use of chemicals. (hiconsumption.com)
  • We know you're not always going to be 100% prepared for the situations that befall you, but you can still try and do your best to mitigate the worst circumstances by preparing for a number of contingencies. (hiconsumption.com)
  • In November of 1755, an earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.0 and a maximum intensity of VIII occurred about 50 miles northeast of Boston, Massachusetts. (usgs.gov)

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How to Build an Lean-To Shelter

The United States has many small structures called lean-tos. They are typically made of wood, metal poles covered with tarps. The walls, floor and ceiling are often built first. After that, the roof is added.

A lean to is a temporary shelter that can be built at the side or roof of a building in case the weather doesn't permit permanent shelter. You can also refer to it as a lean-to shed, lean-to cottage, or lean-to home.

There are many types, including:

  1. A simple wooden frame with a tarpaulin covering. This type is often seen in rural areas.
  2. A lean to tent that consists of a framework made of poles and supporting a Tarpaulin.
  3. A lean-to-cabin, also known "cabins-on-frame", consists primarily of a platform supported via beams and posts.
  4. A lean-to shed is also known as a "shelter on a pole" or "paddockshed". It consists of a frame of poles and supports covered with a cover.
  5. A lean-to-garage, also known as "garage -on-stilts", or "overhang", is composed of a steel structure that rests upon concrete stilts.
  6. A lean to studio is also known by the names "studio-on a-frame" and "studio-on a-post". It consists a framework consisting of two parallel horizontal members, (posts), as well as one perpendicular member.
  7. A lean-to greenhouse, also called a "greenhouse-on-a-post," consists of three parallel horizontal members (posts), one perpendicular member (beam), and a canopy.


Three Things You can Do to Prepare for an Earthquake