Quick reference: Earthquake Preparation to do today!

Given  the current situation in Southern California and that my grandsons live there, the future leaders of the Resistance Against the Machines, I just updated the earthquake section in my Green Beret Survival Guide and added a part with a checklist of what a person can do right now to be prepared. The checklist is at the end and feel free to print it out or take a screenshot and then get it done. If there is a significant quake along the San Andreas Fault, there is a good chance the Los Angeles and San Diego areas would be isolated.

Third: Quick reference earthquake preparation to do NOW:

If you’ve skipped grabngo bags, and all the other prep info, and have come to this section wanting to do something today so you have a minimum of earthquake preparedness, here is what you should go out and get now based on what people who’ve survived an earthquake highly recommend. The big thing if you have to factor in life beyond the initial earthquake, when power, water, and resupply is out of order.

-Water. 1 gallon per person, per day. Be prepared for at least 3 days, but I recommend doubling that. Your average water bottle is 500 milliliter. Here’s the math to make it easy: 7.5 bottles equal a gallon. Your average case of water has 24 bottles. That will last a person 3 days. So at the absolute minimum, a case of water per person in the household will last three days. However, if you are in a very hot environment, double that. I recommend getting at the very least two cases of water per person in the household.

-Food. Non-perishables; enough for 72 hours. Food that doesn’t require refrigeration and also doesn’t make you thirsty (avoid salt-free crackers, canned good with high liquid content). Remember to plan for infants and those with special dietary needs. Separate your earthquake food from your normal food rotation. It’s an emergency supply. Note expiration dates and put them on your calendar with an alert when they need to be restocked.

-Flashlights with spare batteries. Keep a flashlight within reach of your bed.

-A portable, battery/crank powered radio.

-A first aid kit. I cover this, and everything else, in more detail elsewhere, but just buy one already packed if you don’t have one right now.

-Fire extinguishers. Make sure everyone knows where it is. And that it’s charged.

-Medications to last a week, glasses, and other essential items as required by each individual.

-Cash. ATMs and computers will crash. It will be a cash environment for a while.

-A pipe wrench; an adjustable wrench.

-A lighter.

-Clothing as needed once the heat/AC are out.

-What does your pet need?

-Make sure everyone knows how to turn off the water.

-Make sure everyone knows how to turn off the power.

-Make sure everyone knows where the safe spots are inside the house.

-Make sure the family has an emergency rally point outside of the house where you all can assemble if scattered or not together when the earthquake occurs.

-Have a single out of the area emergency contact that all can get in touch with.



Check when done







Flashlight w/extra batteries


Portable radio


First aid kit


Fire extinguisher






Pipe wrench


Crescent wrench




Proper clothing


Pet needs


Everyone knows water turn off


Everyone knows power turn off


Everyone knows safe spots inside home


Everyone knows Emergency Rally Point


Everyone knows out of the area emergency contact



  1. Thanks Bob! Hope all remain well in CA!

  2. I hope these items are never needed, but much better safe than sorry. I worry about my grandson who is a type 1 diabetic and needs his insulin. The worst part is it has to remain cold- tough without power.

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