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Just like we have umbrellas in case of rain, we also prepare for earthquakes. I always have gallons of bottled water. We never hang anything over our beds. Everyone has a flashlight or two in their room, with batteries. We have canned food and a manual can opener. Mike has a hand crank radio. There is an earthquake shut-off valve on the house, so a gasline will not start a fire.
I don't like freeway overpasses or underpasses any more, many people were killed falling off them or having them fall on top of them. And I prefer to walk the stairs rather than take the elevator if at all possible. Wouldn't want to get stuck for hours/days.