How to: Survive an Earthquake, Before and After

What to do before, during and after an earthquake, and preparing an earthquake survival kit for your home, automobile, and office.

Before the Earthquake: Learn how to survive during the ground motion.

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PREPARE YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY NOW
  • Have an earthquake survival kit on hand.  
  • All family members should know how to turn off gas, water, and electricity.
  • Plan family emergency procedures, and make plans for reuniting your family.
  • Know emergency telephone numbers (doctor, hospital, police, 911, etc)
  • Anchor heavy objects to walls (bookcases, wall units, mirrors, cabinets, etc.)  
  • Never place heavy objects over beds, and keep heavy objects lower than head height of shortest member of family.

DURING AN EARTHQUAKE STAY CALM
  • Inside, stand in doorway, or crouch under a desk or table, well away from windows or glass dividers.
  • Outside, stand away from buildings, trees, telephones and electrical lines.
  • On the road, drive away from underpasses and overpasses; stop in safe area; stay in vehicle.
AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE
  • Check for injuries-provide first aid.  
  • Check for safety-check for gas, water, sewage breaks; check for downed power lines and shorts; turn off appropriate utilities. 
  • Check for building damage and potential problems during aftershocks.  
  • Clean up dangerous spills.
  • Wear shoes
  • Turn on the radio and listen for instructions from public safety agencies.
  • Use telephone for emergencies, only.

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