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Published on: 2/13/2013 4:18 PM
Emergency Preparation
Emergencies will strike with no regard to personal convenience.  Many Californians spend almost half their day at the worksite or in their car.  Don't get caught unprepared for disaster.
  • Earthquake - The car's suspension system will make the car shake violently, but it is still relatively safer than the outside environment.
    • Stop the car as soon and safely as possible.
    • Remain in the car until the shaking stops.
    • Avoid overpasses and utility lines.
  • Flood - Floodwater on a road can be deeper than it appears and the level can rise quickly.
    • Do not drive through water on a road.
    • Get out of the car.
    • Move to higher ground.
    • Only wade through flood waters if it is not flowing rapidly and is no higher than your knees.
  • Tornado - A car is the least safe place to be during a tornado.
    • Get out of the car.
    • Find shelter in a building or lie flat in a ditch or other ground depression with your arms over your head.
Emergency supplies kit may be kept in the car:
  • Blanket/Sleeping Bag
  • Bottled Water
  • Rain Gear/Extra Clothes
  • Canned Fruits/Nuts
  • Can Opener
  • Medication
  • Shovel
  • Booster Cables/Tools
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flashlight
  • Familiarize yourself with your employer's emergency plan. 
  • Memorize the location of all emergency exits, fire extinguishers, and other safety equipment.
  • Prepare an emergency supplies kit that might be stored in a daypack:
    • Water (1 gallon in quart containers)
    • Extra Warm Clothes (including hat and sturdy gloves)
    • Compass and Maps
    • Portable Radio (batteries packaged separately)
    • Flashlight (batteries packaged separately)
    • Heavy Garbage Bags (2 for shelter or poncho)
    • Snack Food (in sealed containers)
    • Prescription and Non-Prescription Drugs
    • Money (small bills and coins)
    • Disposable Camera
    • Small Plastic Bags (several for storage)
    • Family Contact Information and Photos
    • Whistle


(Attribution: FEMA & Cole Hardware)