Earthquake Preparedness in Vehicles
The L.A. City Emergency Management Department (EMD) notes these steps you can take to prepare yourself in case you are in your vehicle when an earthquake occurs. Given the large amount of time that residents of Los Angeles spend in their vehicles, knowing how to react to an earthquake while driving is essential.
If you are in your vehicle when an earthquake occurs:
Vehicle emergency kits should include:
- Stay in your vehicle.
- Pull to the side of the road, and stop as quickly as safety permits.
- Use a GPS tracking device or a satellite messenger to send an emergency assistance request.
- if there is a severe medical emergency. A satellite messenger advanced GPS device is able to
send your exact GPS coordinates and selected messages over commercial satellites to tell
others of your location and status.
- Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires.
- Do not attempt to drive across bridges or overpasses that have been damaged.
- Proceed cautiously after the earthquake has stopped, watching for road and bridge damage.
- Local maps
- Short rubber hose for siphoning
- Fully equipped first aid kit
- First aid manual (comprehensive)
- Bottled water (rotate every 2-3 months)
- Non-perishable foods
- Blanket or sleeping bag
- Flashlight with extra batteries and bulb
- Fire extinguisher (CO2)
- Pocket radio with extra batteries
- Tissues and pre-moistened towels
- Tools (screwdriver, pliers, wire, pocket knife, can opener and duct tape)
- Extra clothes and sturdy shoes
- Sealable plastic bags
- Work gloves
- Prescription medicine
Do not carry spare gas in a can in your vehicle.
Instead, keep your vehicle's gas tank at least half-full at all times.
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