Surviving an earthquake and reducing its health impact requires preparation, planning, and practice. You and your family can reduce your risk of injury during an earthquake by preparing beforehand. Take some time to gather supplies, identify and reduce possible hazards in your home, and practice what to do during and after an earthquake. Develop an earthquake plan for your household and then talk to your neighbors about developing a neighborhood plan. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Put together your family emergency plan
- Build a disaster preparedness kit
- Place large or heavy objects on the lower shelves. Fasten shelves, mirrors, and large picture frames to walls. Brace taller top heavy objects.
- Store bottled foods, glass, china and other breakables on low shelves or in cabinets that fasten shut
- Know the safe spots in each room: under sturdy tables or desks
- Know the danger spots - near windows, mirrors, hanging objects, etc.
- Install flex fittings on all gas and water connections
- Practice earthquake drills with family members
- Maintain an updated out-of-state contact card
Visit the Great Shakeout to learn how to participate and get your family ready for an earthquake.
For real time earthquake information visit the United States Geological Survey.