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Major Earthquake Scheduled for October 15th, 10:15 a.m.

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Yesterday's earthquake that sent a tsunami into American Samoa (and some slightly higher waves to Los Angeles) reminded us of this year's anticipated earthquake... drill. Just like last year, millions are expected to pretend a huge earthquake has struck and participate in statewide drill. This is the second year for the Great California ShakeOut, a major emergency preparedness public education tool. It doesn't take too much time, but the lesson of knowing the mantra, "drop, cover and hold on," can make a difference.

The above video references last year's drill, but it's still scary as hell (thanks, government officials). In any case, it will hopefully kick start you to get prepared, if you are not already. A first easy step is simply purchasing water that you will store. We personally recommend 10 gallons per person in the household (some extra for pets). Also, don't store it directly on concrete (chemicals can seep through the plastic into the water) and don't store it in high places (those plastic containers sometimes can't sustain being thrown to the ground).