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1. Have water for at least two weeks: experts say between 1-2 gallons per person per day. Water from the grocery store must be used within a few months. The most practical way is to buy a 55 gallon water barrel. Some local stores that have them:
- Your Safety Place, 290 Lindbergh Ave, Livermore. 925-829-0350. $130 includes hand pump, bung wrench, and water preserver concentrate.
- Costco has them on line: http://tinyurl.com/93bsff4 $120 delivered, including pump & bung wrench
- Earthquake Supply Center, 3095 Kerner Blvd, Ste I, San Rafael. 415-459-5500. $90 for barrel, $16 for bung wrench.
Before you fill the barrel, put in 1 oz of plain bleach – water can be good for (conservatively) a year. No need to buy a hand pump to get the water out, just go to a hardware store & get about 8’ of ½” clear plastic tubing. Wrap it up, put in a zip-lock bag, and tape it to the top of the barrel.
2. Have food for minimum of two weeks
● the down side to canned goods is that they have a relatively short shelf life, exceptions being products like Spam & Dinty Moore stew (Hormel products), which will last indefinitely in a cool place.
● one possibility is Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) which are used by the military, but also available to the public. Typical shelf life is 8-10 years. If you Google “MREs,” you will find a number of vendors.
● another possibility is freeze-dried meals, which places like REI & Costco carry, and, of course, they are on-line as well. Mountain House pouches have about a 7 year shelf life; their #10 cans have 25+ year shelf life.
3. Car Kits: Make sure you have backpack emergency kits in every car. You could be miles away when a big quake hits and it’s estimated 1,400 roads and streets in SF east bay will be closed. You’ll be walking. Have a good pair of walking shoes in your trunk as well.
4. Have a Plan: If there are other people in your household, make sure you at least discuss a possible plan as to what you’re going to do if one is away from the house when a quake hits. Walk home? Walk somewhere else? Walk to a shelter? Stay at your office?
Photo of Larry checking seismic attachment of house to foundation
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