Recent earthquakes prompt preparedness reminder
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – In response to the Imperial Valley earthquake swarm
that was felt in parts of San Diego County, fire officials Monday issued a
reminder on how to prepare for an emergency.
“It's best to think first about the basics of survival — fresh water,
food, clean air and warmth,” San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Assistant Chief
Ronnie Hicks said a day after the rash of quakes about 115 miles east-northeast
of San Diego overwhelmed U.S. Geological Survey seismographs.
Some buildings were evacuated in Brawley, in Imperial County, near
where the quakes struck Sunday. Light damage from the temblors, two with
magnitudes 5.5 and 5.3, was reported in the area.
A national study conducted earlier this year found only about a third of
households have a disaster emergency plan that all family members know about
or an emergency kit, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
Fire officials recommended that a basic emergency supply kit contain one
gallon of water per person per day for at least three days; at least a three-
day supply of non-perishable food; a battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a
NOAA weather radio; and extra batteries for both.
The kit should also include a flashlight with extra batteries, a cell
phone and a charger, a first-aid kit, whistle, dust mask, moist towelettes,
garbage bags and plastic ties, according to the SDFRD, which also recommends a
wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, a can opener and local maps be
The San Diego County emergency website states that residents in San
Diego, Imperial, San Bernardino and Riverside counties could feel additional
quakes and the seismic swarms could continue, although diminish in magnitude
and frequency, over the next several weeks.