With the recent events in Japan and our location near a major fault, I felt it was important to relay some information that would help in preparing for an earthquake should it hit LA.
Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles or keep extra cases of water bottles on hand. Avoid using containers that will decomplse or break such as milk cartons or glass bottles. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. In hot environments or where there is intense physical exertion, a person can double that. Children, nursing mothers and those who are ill will need more.
Something that might not be obvious is the use of your water heater as a water source. With the increased popularity of tankless water heaters, it should be noted that a traditional water heater with a stored value of water can be used in an emergency which is not the case for a tankless. you should store one gallon of water per person per day. And do not forget your pets. It is recommended that you keep at least a three days supply of water per person.
Do not forget to change the water at least every 6 months. Household liquid bleach can kill the microorganisms that contaminate your water. Use only regular household liquid bleach that contains 5.25% sodium hypochlorite. Do not use scented bleches, colorsafe bleaches or bleaches with added cleaners. You can add 16 drops of bleach per gallon of water, stir and let stand for at least 30 minutes. If the water does not have a slight bleach odor, repeat the process and let stand another 15 minutes.
Keep the following supplies in a ready to go kit.
* Sterile adhesive bandages, 2 inch sterile gauze pads, 4 inch sterile pads, Triangular bandages
* Assorted safety pins
* Cleansing agent / Soap
* Latex gloves
* Non-prescription drugs (Pain relievers, Anti-diarrhea medicines, Antacid, Syrup of Ipecac, Laxatives, Activated charcoal etc.)
* Scissors, Tweezers, Needle, Moistened towelettes, Antiseptic, Thermometer, Tongue blades
* Tube of Petroleum Jelly or other lubricant