Earthquake Disaster Preparedness

Before an earthquake

  • Prepare an emergency kit and make a family communications plan
  • Fasten shelves securely and place large or heavy objects on lower shelves
  • Breakable items should be stored in low, closed cabinets with a latch
  • Heavy wall items should be attached securely and away from beds, couches, or anywhere people may use for shelter
  • Brace overhead light fixtures and top-heavy lamps
  • Have defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections repaired by a qualified professional
  • Secure the water heater, refrigerator, furnace, and gas appliances with strapping or bolting. If recommended by your gas company, have an automatic water shut-off valve installed
  • Keep cracks in ceiling or foundation repaired and check often for structural defects
  • Store weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products on bottom shelves in closed cabinets with a latch
  • Locate safest spot in each room. This may be under a sturdy table or against interior walls
  • Hold family earthquake drills: Drop, cover, and hold on

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