Worried about the swarm of earthquakes in Faulkner County?

Be prepared.

The Cooperative Extnsion Service of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture has an Earthquake Preparedness fact sheet at its website, http://www.uaex.edu/Other_Areas/publications/PDF/FSA-9600.pdf In addition to the list of supplies and how to pack them in the Three-Day Survival Pack, the fact sheet lists precautions before, during and after the earthquake.

The American Red Cross provides information about emergency preparedness with the slogan: Get a kit, make a plan, stay informed. Its website is www.redcross.org

They offer this tip: Doorways are no stronger than any other part of the structure. During an earthquake, get under a sturdy piece of furniture and hold on. This will provide some protection from falling objects that can injure you during an earthquake.

The Red Cross sells emergency kits, $49.95 for a kit for one adult for three days; $69.95 for the deluxe version; emergency radios; and glow sticks.

Here is a list of supplies the Red Cross recommends.

At a minimum, have the basic supplies listed below. Keep supplies in an easy--to--carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.

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

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

    * Flashlight

    * Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

    * Extra batteries

    * First aid kit

    * Medications (7- day supply) and medical items

    * Multi-purpose tool

    * Sanitation and personal hygiene items

    * Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)

    * Cell phone with chargers

    * Family and emergency contact information

    * Extra cash

    * Emergency blanket

    * 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, cane)

    * Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)

    * Games and activities for children

    * Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)

    * Two--way radios

    * Extra set of car keys and house keys

    * Manual can opener

Additional supplies to keep at home or in your kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:

    * Whistle

    * N95 or surgical masks

    * Matches

    * Rain gear

    * Towels

    * Work gloves

    * Tools/supplies for securing your home

    * Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes

    * Plastic sheeting

    * Duct tape

    * Scissors

    * Household liquid bleach

    * Entertainment items

    * Blankets or sleeping bags

For toliet needs, a bucket and lime