Environment & Science

One obvious thing you may have overlooked, preparing for the next big earthquake

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The professionals practice for "the big one" regularly...do you?
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Each time a major earthquake strikes in California, we're reminded of how to be better prepared when the next one hits. But even if you carefully went through your checklist - securing bookcases and stashing a shutoff wrench near the water heater, packing your earthquake emergency kit with water, food, toilet paper, kitty kibble, and medications - there could be something essential that you've forgotten.  Is your mobile phone ready for “the big one?”  You want it to be a useful tool, not a source of frustration during an emergency.

FEMA – the Federal Emergency Management Agency – offers these tips, so your phone can help keep you and your family safe:

Tips for USING your phone during an emergency:

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