Earthquake Preparedness

Ever since moving to California (and having my daughter) I’ve been earthquake focused. We live only a few miles from the San Andreas Fault Line. This past year I experience my biggest earthquake yet and I remember thinking a jet had just roared past our house……until I saw the waves sloshing out of the pool! All of our large furniture is bolted to the walls and the large TVs are tied down with the little kits you can buy at the hardware store. I have earthquake kits prepared and our entire family has an earthquake plan discussed and thought out. After so many recent large earthquakes in the news I’m re-evaluating our kits today and making sure we are ready if one were to hit southern California. Just thought I’d share my master kit list and some great links I’ve found over the past few years:

Earthquake Master Kit List

Palm Desert Special Earthquake Publication
(Go to this page and click on Earthquake Safety)
Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country (PDF downloads)
Family Emergency Plan (FEMA) (includes download-able forms)
Household and Personal Inventory Book (download-able book)
Make Your Family Safer (collection of articles and tips)

And lastly, this is all over the internet so I’m not even sure who the original author was….it is a list of the first 100 things to disappear in a disaster or panic. Kind of put things into perspective and gives you an idea of how to plan:

Are you Prepared?


  1. CraftCrave says

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  2. Cheryl @ a pretty cool life. says

    Glad I don't live in earthquake country…

    Oh wait…Chicago has had 2 earthquakes in the past year!!

  3. aimeewrites says

    Thanks for the reminder! We always had earthquake kits when I lived in SoCal as a girl. We recently moved to Seattle after nearly 20 years away from the west coast, and it hadn't even occurred to me that I need to get one together. I appreciate the kick in the seat!!

  4. Krissy says

    I thankfully have never experienced an earthquake in the NorthEast but its always nice to be prepared, thanks for sharing!

  5. Pandora31 says

    We live near an air force base (in Oklahoma) and I have two or three thought that there were jets flying too low, and it turns out to be an earthquake! Or I thought a car ran into the side on my house…. Thanks for all the info!

  6. Sarah says

    I live in Chile and even though I experienced a 4.7 the week before the devestating 8.8 on the weekend I still did not have an Earthquake kit together. I moved here from Australia which does not have Earthquakes. The realisation of living in a country that has Earthquakes all the time only became apparent after the 8.8 in centre of the country. I am very far in the North so this one did not effect us (was recorded as a 3). I have started my kits and I will be looking further into this blog now- thanks so much…

  7. ForeverYou says

    I need to do this for Hurricane season here in Miami. you dont realise this until the problem is here.. thanks for the motivation!

  8. Julia says

    Smart lady. We have small little tremors in our area. I guess tornadoes would be my biggest threat!

  9. Beachbrights says

    Theses lists are bringing back nightmares of Hurricane Katrina. Yes, we were living there at the time and yes we were flooded. Thank God, previously living in Florida had prepared us for Hurricanes and we evacuated New Orleans before the storm hit.

    It's hard to imagine what we went through. Even after out house was rebuilt in mid-November, I could not move home with Max (then 18 months) until they had a level one trauma center open, 911 was functional etc. Oh, the lines for the simplest of things. Police had to be posted outside Walmart and would only let one in as one came out because the building occupancy per the fire-marshall. It was that crowded! The line I stood in at Lowes wrapped all the way back to the back of the store. This was WEEKS after the storm hit. Gas was non-existent. If you were lucky enough to have a generator & gas, you had to chain & super padlock your generator down because thieves were stealing them left & right.

    You have to have a plan if you live in an area of high risk.

    Thanks Ash for reminding us all to BE SMART!


  10. Lee says

    I'm a Nor Cal girl, but that means we felt the one that hit the coast of Eureka in Jan. Thanks for the reminder.

  11. Megan says

    Thanks for sharing! I think we live on the same fault. I'm near the 4 or 5 3.s and 4.s that hit a few weeks ago. ugh. I need to get a kit together still – this list definitely helps!

  12. twolittletots says

    oh, i don't have a kit like that…which looks like a lot of work…but a good thing to have on had.

    keep safe!

  13. SAMZE says

    What an awesome blog post Ashley! Thank you so much for sharing! I remember being in the last two big earthquakes in Cali. Scary.

    Back home in Hawaii…and contend with hurricanes and oh my gosh…tsunamis! So yes, always need to be prepared. Thank you for reminding us and for sharing the fantastic lists.

    You are amazing! Creative and practical. I love it.

  14. Jane says

    These are good items to have for any emergency. Here in FL, we have to (should) have this on hand all the time. Yes, hurricane season is basically June to November, but there was the "no name" storm that hit a few years ago, causing major damage. In all parts of the country, this kit would be helpful. There are always power outages, floods, tornadoes…good to have basic supplies and information.
    Jane (Artfully graced)

  15. Shelly K says

    We do this for tornadoes. Funny.. I was just glancing over the list and saw waterproof matches and thought it said waterproof mascara.
    Wow, I thought.