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Prepare for an Earthquake: Shoes, Flashlight by Every Bed

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Most of the people who were injured in Sunday’s earthquake in Napa were in their homes at the time of the earthquake and many suffered cuts and bruises from debris. Paul Lessard of Prep and Save Survival Store in Sparks says emergencies can disorient people. "Everybody thinks it's going to happen in the daytime when you are alert and oriented, fully dressed and ready to go," said Lessard. That was not the case in Napa. "This happened at 3 am -- people are running around and running through debris, disoriented," he said.

Lessard showed us some products that can help you prepare for an earthquake or other emergency, including a solar powered flashlight. “You don't need any batteries. If you forget to charge it you can crank it or leave it out in the sun so you have a light source right there by your bedside or close by."

Experts say having a flashlight and a pair of sturdy shoes by each bed can prevent the type of injuries most people suffered in the Napa quake.

Other tips include hanging heavy pictures or mirrors away from beds and couches. Also know how to turn off your gas lines, and keep a first aid kit handy.

Lessard recommends having more than a basic emergency kit on hand. "So in this first aid kit we've got splints, extra-large dressing, gloves, stethoscope, and blood pressure cuffs," he explained. "If you're running through debris and you cut your feet up pretty bad, a little Band-Aid’s not going to help you. You need thicker dressings; you need wraps to wrap your feet, medical tape. Stuff like that,” he said.

Experts say you should also have emergency water on hand in case the pipes break. "Like this is water brick that holds 3.5 gallons of water and weighs 28 pounds so you can take it with you if you have to leave your home," Lessard said.

Another important tip is to make a family emergency plan. Know how to get out of your house in an emergency and have a place to meet. One family we talked with has a plan to meet at the fire hydrant at the end of their block because they say, that's where the emergency crews will be if you need help.

"My number one thing is talk,” said Lessard. Make a plan with your family. Sit down with everybody and actually do it," Lessard advised. Another important thing to remember is not to use candles if the power goes out. The U.S. Fire Administration says every year more than 15,000 house fires are started with candles.
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