Contact: Brian Lowe

Tel: (800) 959-4053



For Immediate Release



San Diego, CA - (April 29, 2003) - Tuesday's earthquake in the South was a timely reminder of the need to be prepared.


Even though the 4.9 magnitude tremor wasn't big enough to cause serious damage, it should be seen as a wake up call for everyone in the seven states in which it was felt.


The quake reportedly was the biggest to hit the region since the early 1900s.


"Most people don't think about being prepared for earthquakes, especially in the South, until it's too late, but the key to surviving temblors is preparedness," said Quakehold president Dean Reese.


"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 projectiles 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 protect our loved ones at the same time," said Mr Reese.


A wide range of earthquake safety 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 stick tabs, while the removable and reusable adhesives go underneath figurines and breakables to keep them in place.


Earthquake Survival Kits and Safety Lightsticks 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 to sustain one person for three days.


Safety Lightsticks 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.


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