Here is our opinion of the three most important things an individual can do to prepare their household for disaster.
What 3 things would you choose? Please reply in the comments!
Buy some gallon jugs of water and put them in your house. Put a few in your car. Yes, it takes up space, but what is trivial now will be vital later.
Get a portable radio – just a normal AM/FM radio that you can carry around. Carry spare batteries, or get a radio with a recharging crank. That radio will be your most important source of information in the difficult days after the event.
Buy a fire extinguisher (around $30 for the small, household kind). Fire is the most dangerous consequence of earthquakes (a result of broken gas lines, etc.). Our first mission after a big shake is to find and extinguish small fires. Buy more than one, if you can afford it: be ready to share with your neighbors (because if their house burns, it might burn your house and the whole neighborhood!)