Noe Valley Voice November 1999

Things to Put in Your Earthquake Survival Kit

Are you outfitted for the next quake? Here's some gear you should have on hand:


You should have a crescent or pipe wrench to turn off gas and water valves. (Shut off the valves only if your house has sustained severe damage or you smell gas.)


Keep flashlights -- and batteries -- in several locations in case of a power failure.

Water, Disinfectant

Store three days' worth of drinkable water for you and your family (1 gallon per person per day), plus a disinfectant like chlorine bleach to help purify it.

First-Aid Kit

Put your first-aid kit in a central place. Include a book of medical instructions.

Radio and Batteries

You'll need a portable radio so you can get emergency broadcasts and disaster news. A cell phone would also come in handy.

Dry or Canned Food

Store a week's supply of food for each person -- preferably food that doesn't require refrigeration or cooking. Don't forget a can opener.

Blankets, Clothing, Shoes

Put blankets, clothing, and a pair of shoes (and glasses) in your earthquake supplies box. Toss in a pen and paper and that novel you've been meaning to read.


It's a good idea to stash a few $20 bills and some quarters in a safe place. Note: the pay phones should work even if the regular phone lines are jammed.

Fire Extinguisher

Your household or business should have a fire extinguisher -- the kind that works for all types of fires. Make sure it's accessible.

Barbecue Grill or Stove

It's smart to have a grill -- and some charcoal and matches -- in case your gas and electricity are shut off. (If you use it, remember to cook outdoors only.)

More earthquake tips can be found on pages B6 and B7 of the San Francisco phone book.