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Recent Earthquakes have Californians Stocking up on Disaster Supplies

Posted at 6:33 PM, Jul 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-08 23:54:10-04

SAN DIEGO - (KGTV) Southern California's recent earthquakes have demand for emergency supply kits skyrocketing.

Ready America is a manufacturing company in Vista. The company sells disaster supplies and emergency kits to big box stores like Home Depot and Lowes. They are also sold on Amazon.

"Once people feel it, then it's real, and it's going to happen to me, and with Thursday's 6.4, there was a lot of demand. With the 7.1, which is the largest earthquake in 20 years, the demand has been unprecedented," said Jeff Primes, President of Ready America.

The disaster kits include food and water with a five-year shelf life, a manually operated charging station, light sticks, first aid necessities, and more. There's even a pet carrier with emergency supplies for a dog or cat.

"From a one person three-day kit that starts at about $30 retail, all the way to a four-person retail deluxe kit for about $140," said Primes.

The company is also home to the Big Shaker Earthquake Simulator. It's used to show people what a 6.8 magnitude earthquake feels like and the damage it can do.

"You really want to get under something sturdy, you want to get under a table such as this you want to drop, cover your head and neck and hold onto that table so that table doesn't jump around on you," said Trevyn Reese of Ready America.

Reese said, resist the urge to run to your children.

"If you do need to get to your child quickly, it's recommended you get down on your hands and knees and crawl during an earthquake. Trying to run to your child right away is gonna start throwing you against all the hallways. There will be things falling down on you that can potentially cause harm, especially broken glass," said Reese.

Another misconception, Reese says, is to run outside.

"It could potentially be harmful cause you don't always see those items that are around you," said Reese.

The company also sells earthquake fasteners and putty to keep furniture and decorative items attached to the wall, so they don't become projectiles.