Shamrock Shaker is a Jolting Reminder for Los Angeles

American Red Cross Earthquake Kit
The Red Cross recommends every family re-visit their preparedness plans, starting with their emergency kits.

Angelenos were awakened early this morning by an earthquake measuring 4.4 on the Richter Scale, with an epicenter five miles underground north of Westwood.

Fortunately, there were no reports of significant damages or injuries, but the “Shamrock Shaker” (so-called because today is St. Patrick’s Day!) is a reminder to be prepared.

The Red Cross recommends every family re-visit their preparedness plans, starting with their emergency kits.

Remember -- kits assembled for at least 3 to 7 days -- are essential, and you should plan to keep one in your home, vehicle, schools and workplace.

  • For more information on how to be Red Cross Ready, visit www.PrepareSoCal.org. And, to learn about our earthquake app and all of the Red Cross apps visit redcross.org/mobileapps.
  • At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home) Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • First aid kit – Anatomy of a First Aid Kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • Extra cash
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Whistle
  • N95 or surgical masks
  • Matches
  • Rain gear
  • Towels
  • Work gloves
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Household liquid bleach
  • Entertainment items
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:

  • Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Games and activities for children
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Two-way radios
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Manual can opener