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October is Earthquake Preparedness Month

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In light of October being Earthquake Preparedness Month in Montana, local officials are reminding residents to be prepared.

This October marks the 77th anniversary of the infamous earthquakes that struck Helena in 1935.  Since, the state of Montana has dedicated the entire month of October to earthquake preparedness.

Montana Disaster and Emergency Services Administrator Ed Tinsley, says Montana is prone to earthquakes.

Tinsley says, "We live in one of the most seismically active regions in the country next to California and Alaska, we're probably right up there."

Tinsley says one of the best ways to be prepared is to have a 72 hour kit with all the essentials needed to survive for 3 days.

Tinsley says, "I've got my own kit and it includes enough food for our family for 3 or 4 days, it includes enough water for 3 or 4 days for our family.  We also put in there a stove with some fuel, maybe a lighter or flashlight.  We bring our important papers like our passports or identification, any prescriptions that any of us have, and any insurance information that we might need to contact our insurance agent."

Lewis and Clark County Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator Paul Spengler, says there are also steps to prepare your home for an earthquake.

As we approach the anniversary of the 1935 earthquakes, Tinsley says they are a great reminder to always be ready for disaster.  Spengler even says being prepared can be the difference between life or death.

For more information about earthquake preparedness and 72 hours kits, click here.


Story by Jill Jagelski, Beartooth NBC.
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