How to prepare for the next big earthquake

After Friday's 7.1 magnitude earthquake near Ridgecrest the possibility of having another earthquake is extremely high.

Since the 7.1 earthquake, Caltech and USGS seismologists expect 30,000 quakes of a magnitude 1 or greater to strike the region.

The probability for a magnitude 7 was only 3 percent, while the likelihood of a magnitude 6 was 27 percent. The region is likely to see maybe one or two quakes of that size in the next week, seismologist Egill Hauksson said Saturday afternoon during a press conference with Caltech.

Many Californians are now wondering how to prepare for the next big one.

Have supplies:

An earthquake can strike without a warning but when and where it hits, people should always be ready with the needed emergency supplies.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says it's critical to have a disaster supplies kit for your home, workplace and car.

In your kit they recommend having flashlights, spare batteries, fresh water and food.

They suggest having a gallon of water for each person per day and to be prepared for at least a 72-hour period. During an earthquake it's also important to pack the proper food items—such as canned or dehydrated food and avoid foods that might need refrigeration.

FEMA also recommends having a first aid kit, your medication, spare clothes, cash and any other important paper documents in a kit ready to go in the event of an earthquake.

Ride out the quake:

If you are indoors when a quake hits everyone should drop, cover and hold.

FEMA says people should not move during a quake because it increases the risk of danger. Hiding under a desk or table and covering is face is the key to staying safe. During an earthquake people should not use elevators and stay away from glass, windows and anything that could fall.

If you are driving in a car when an earthquake hits officials say to pull to the side of the road and remain in the car until it's safe. Avoid stopping near trees, buildings, overpasses and utility wires.

On Sunday , Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn was joined by seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones of Caltech to inform and help people prepare for future quakes.

They recommend people have a conversation with their family members about an emergency
plan so everyone knows what to do. They also recommend people stay connected by making an emergency contact list, and have a backup battery for your cell phone.

What to do after an earthquake:

Once shaking has stopped officials recommend checking your house for any potential damage. That includes inspecting your gas, electrical, sewer and water lines for any damage that could lead to a fire or hazardous leaks.

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