kitMany were jolted awake this morning as a 4.4 quake shook Los Angeles. The temblor was the largest since a 5.5 earthquake hit Chino Hills in 2008.

Writing on KCRW’s Facebook page, Licia Owolo, says, “My 10yr olds screamed thru the whole thing, her closet doors and bed were shaking like crazy, here in West Hills. Good drill for us to be more calm and prepared for something bigger.”

The shaking was a reminder that it’s time to get our earthquake kits in gear. Here’s what the Red Cross suggests you have in your emergency kit. (Read more about preparing for an emergency on the Red Cross website).

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit – Anatomy of a First Aid Kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area

You’ll also want to think of your car and your office, and make sure to have an emergency plan.The Earthquake Country alliance and Drop Cover and Hold On have a lot more good stuff to help you be prepared, and safe when the big one hits.



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  • majakel

    Hey,What are the laws regarding the transport of handguns in California? Correct me if I am wrong, but it seems to say you can only carry a firearm in your vehicle if you are on your way to a shooting range, and it must be unloaded and inside a locked container in your trunk. Does this mean you cannot keep a handgun inside your vehicle (in a locked case) every day if you want? Could you keep your gun inside a locked gun safe on the passenger side floorboard?Thanks to all!!Markar Brathen…….