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Compton school district offers earthquake preparedness tips

Steps to ensure students, staff take necessary precautions and make smart preparations at home, in classroom. COMPTON (MNS)—With the rise of seismic activity throughout the southern portion of Los Angeles County, which includes Compton, Carson, and

Steps to ensure students, staff take necessary precautions and make smart preparations at home, in classroom.

COMPTON (MNS)—With the rise of seismic activity throughout the southern portion of Los Angeles County, which includes Compton, Carson, and Inglewood, the Compton Unified School District is one school district clearly on top of its game to help ensure the safety of students, teachers, staff, and the general community.

“First and foremost, we want to ensure the safety of our students and our staff. We have systems in place to protect them,” said CUSD Board member Satra Zurita. “But also recognize [this is] a teaching opportunity as well. We live in a geologically active place, so our students should understand the science and the math behind earthquakes. We also want to ensure our students and staff take the necessary precautions and make smart preparations at home.”

CUSD Board member Satra Zurita

“We live in a geologically active place, so our students should understand the science and the math behind earthquakes,” says CUSD Board member Satra Zurita. Photo: YouTube

One of the most critically essential items every classroom at school and every household should have on hand is a survival kit.

A variety of earthquake or emergency kits are readily available online through such companies as Ready America, Prep Pac, SurvivalKitsOnline, Daytrex, and Safe-T-Proof or Mayday Industries. Kits are also available for purchase at your Los Angeles Red Cross chapter. Many people simply create their own emergency kit.

Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Kit

If the latter is your course of action, essential supplies should be contained in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in the case of evacuation.

At a minimum, an earthquake or emergency kit should include the following:

(1) Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)

(2) Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)

(3) Flashlight (include extra batteries)

(4) Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible, available at Red Cross Store)

(5) First aid kit

(6) Medications (7-day supply) and medical items

(7) Multi-purpose tools (screwdriver, wrench, pliers, scizzors, small can opener)

(8) Sanitation and personal hygiene items

(9) Cell phone charger

SOURCE: Red Cross

Additional items should include copies of personal documents (medications, licenses, passports etc.), family and emergency contact information, extra cash, emergency blanket, sleeping bags, and map(s) of the area.

Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:

Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.), baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers), games for children, pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl), two-way radios, extra set of car keys / house keys, whistle, N95 or surgical masks, matches, rain gear, towels, work gloves, extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes, plastic sheeting, duct tape.

RELATED: Red Cross Earthquake Safety Checklist

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