MENLO PARK (KCBS) — In advance of Thursday’s statewide earthquake emergency drill, geologists and first responders gathered in Menlo Park Monday to remind people that preparedness means more than just storing water and a flashlight in the garage.

On Thursday at 10:21 a.m., state officials are encouraging the one million residents who have pledged to drop, cover and hold on, or fall under something sturdy, to practice what to do when there’s an earthquake.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

That’s if you’re inside. But what if you’re on the road? Pull over and wait for the shaking to stop, and carry a kit in the trunk with a water, a blanket, flashlight, toilet paper, and a granola bar.

Kelly Huston, with the California Emergency Management Agency, said this kit isn’t just for the Big One.

“The reality is you can put this kit together and throw it in the back of your car, and it can be used for anything,” said Huston.

He also suggests becoming comfortable with text messaging, saying it will probably be easier to get through that way if cell phone towers are overloaded.

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  1. Securitas says:

    People also need to consider their security needs. 911 won’t be working, and the police won’t be able to come. After Hurricane Katrina the looting of people’s emergency supplies was done both by civilians and police.

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