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.
- 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.