Earthquake Readiness

When is the next big one – that is, the next big earthquake? Unfortunately, like lottery numbers, no one can predict when the next big one will hit with any certainty. But, that gives us more time to prepare for the next quake. Before the next big quake, here are some tips on preparing:

  • Build an emergency kit filled with supplies that you and your family will need to survive an emergency. The emergency kit should include the following: (1) food; (2) water; and (3) supplies, such as a battery operated radio and a first aid kit that will help you survive for at least 72 hours.
  • Make sure your shelves are fastened securely to the wall. In these shelves, place the larger or heavier objects at the bottom, and the lighter items on top. This way, in the event of an earthquake, the lighter items are less likely to cause injury if they do in fact fall out of their place.
  • You should practice an earthquake drill from time to time with your family so you will be ready at a moment’s notice to find the safety spots in your home.
  • Secure your water heater, refrigerator, furnace, and gas appliances by strapping them to the wall studs and bolting to the floor. If recommended by your gas company, have an automatic gas shut-off valve installed that is triggered by strong vibrations.

During the quake you should remain outdoors if you are already outside. On the other hand, if you are indoors, you should drop to the ground and take cover under a table and ride out the quake. Also, standing in the doorway is safe place during the quake. Obviously, you want to stay away from glass buildings and windows, or anything that can fall due to the shaking.

Start cleaning the outside of the home first. The weather plays a big role on dirtying the outside of the home. Check walkways, doors, and windows for damage to see if they are in need of replacement. Also, don’t forget to inspect the roof, and see if any missing tiles or shingles are absent.

After the shaking has ended, make sure your surroundings are safe before you leave the home or building you are in. Keep in mind that there may be aftershocks. Although not as strong as the initial quake, these aftershocks can still cause property damage. In the end, preparation is vital and having a developed plan before the next quake will ensure the safety of yourself and family.

Screaming Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers

Ready In: 30 Minutes

Servings: 8


  • 25 toothpicks
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese,room temperature
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes (not oil-packed)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves, or amount to taste
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 25 fresh jalapeno peppers
  • 1 pound thinly sliced bacon


  1. Preheat a grill for medium-high heat. When the grill is hot, lightly oil the grate. Soak toothpicks 20 minutes in water.
  2. Place the cream cheese in a bowl, and mix in the garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, and salt until evenly blended.
  3. Make one slit from end to end in the side of each jalapeno pepper, and scoop out the seeds. Spoon the cream cheese mixture into the center of each pepper. Wrap 1 piece of bacon around each pepper, and secure with a toothpick.
  4. Place the peppers onto the preheated grill, and cook until peppers begin to soften, about 10 minutes.



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