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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Here Are 3 Emergency Tips That Will Help You Be Prepared Either Way

Dormitory staircases at Cal State Northridge, damaged by the 1994 earthquake. (Courtesy CSUN University Archives)

The fourth episode of KPCC's podcast 'The Big One: Your Survival Guide' delves into the choices one might face when a major earthquake hits our region. Chief among those choices is whether to stay in place at home, work, your car, or wherever you may find youself; or make your way to a safer environment.

Californians are facing these situations at an increasing rate due to wildfires, mudslides, and more. While the choices you make in the event of a major disaster may seem overwhelming, Preppi, a sponsor of 'The Big One', is focused on relieving some of the pressure associated with these unexpected choices by putting together the essentials of what you may need in their emergency preparedness and earthquake kit bags.

"With extreme weather and unpredictable emergencies being commonplace globally it is no longer an option to treat the topic of preparedness lightly. Making time to get your kit together and putting a plan in place will help you face real emergency situations with confidence so you don't have to make stressful decisions while an emergency is happening in real time." says Preppi co-founder Lauren Tafuri.

In addition to having an emergency bag, here are 3 tips from Preppi that you can do today to prepare for emergencies, including the Big One:

1. Water! Get water and lots of it. Store water at home, work, and in your car.

According to Dr. Lucy Jones, a well known name in the Los Angeles area when it comes to quakes, storing water is one of the top tips to being prepared for the Big One.

This is why Preppi includes 10 servings of drinking water in their kits per person. "Our water is designed to be tough— there are 10 individual aluminum foil packets that are then sealed into a larger protected Preppi pouch - we do this so you have backup water", says Preppi co-founder Ryan Kuhlman

2. Survival Training: Sign up for CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) classes. Find the closest CERT Programs to you here.

Training from CERT prepares participants for disaster preparedness, fire suppression, psychology, team organization, and more. Programs vary by location.

3. Communicate your plan: Plan a Meeting with your loved ones to create an emergency preparedness plan (use this handy FEMA Earthquake Safety Checklist).

Knowing that your loved ones are educated in preparedness for when the next emergency strikes can provide some peace of mind. This FEMA checklist covers how to purify water, how to ride out the earthquake, reunification planning, and more.

BONUS TIP: For more emergency preparedness tips, here is the guide from the The Big One podcast.