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San Marcos, CA – (January 29, 2002) – Monday night’s swarm of small earthquakes in Simi Valley was a timely reminder of the need to be prepared, according to Dean Reese, Vice president of Quakehold.


Even though none of the tremors was big enough to cause serious damage, they should be regarded as a wake up call for all southern Californians.


“Most people don’t think about being prepared for earthquakes until it’s too late, but the key to surviving temblors is preparedness.


“The Office of Emergency Services notes that the number one cause of injuries in the home during an earthquake is from unsecured heavy items crashing down. Wall units, china cabinets and TVs are all potential missiles that can cause injuries if they’re not secured.


“The good news is that there are simple and inexpensive preventative measures that we can take to safeguard our household possessions and to give us peace of mind at the same time,” said Mr Reese.


A wide range of furniture and appliance straps is available to consumers, as well as temporary adhesives to secure treasured items and collectibles. The nylon straps are secured to furniture with easy-to-use peel and sticks tabs, while the removable and reusable adhesives go underneath figurines and knick-knacks to keep them in place.


Earthquake Survival Kits and Safety Light Sticks are also sensible things to keep in the home or office.


The American Red Cross recommends survival kits that contain a blanket and enough food and water for one person for three days.


Safety Light Sticks are a dependable source of instant light in the event of a power blackout during a quake. They last for up to 12 hours, are non-toxic and are more reliable than flashlight batteries or candles.


All of these essentials are available in hardware stores, just look for the ‘Earthquake Safety Center’.


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