Before an Earthquake Print E-mail

As a homeowner or tenant:

- Check your home for earthquake hazards, and create a plan to secure items that may be vulnerable to shaking

- Bolt down or provide other strong support for water heaters and other gas appliances, since fire damage can result from broken gas lines and appliance connections. Use flexible connections wherever possible.

- Place large or heavy objects on the lower shelves. Securely fasten shelves to walls. Brace or anchor high or top-heavy objects.

- In new construction or alterations, follow building codes to minimize earthquake hazards.  Sites for construction should be selected and engineered to reduce the hazards of damage from an earthquake.

- Keep a 7-10 day supply of food and water. To maintain freshness it is important to rotate this stock periodically.

As a parent or head of family:

- Hold occasional home earthquake drills to provide help avoid injury and panic during an earthquake.

- Create a family emergency communications plan *(500K download) and make sure everyone knows what to do.  An earthquake could occur when your family is not together.  Take a few minutes with your family to establish a plan for how and when to reunite after an earthquake.

- Teach responsible members of your family how to turn off electricity, gas, and water at the main switch and valves.  If in doubt, check with your local utilities offices for instructions.  CAUTION: Never shut off gas unless you suspect a gas leak or can smell gas. If the gas is ever shut off, all pilot lights MUST be re-lit.

- Provide responsible members of your family basic first aid and C.P.R. training.  Call Red Cross Safety Services for information about training classes.

- Keep a flashlight and a battery-powered transistor radio in the home, ready for use at all times. Keep fresh batteries with these items.

- Keep immunizations up-to-date for all family members.

- Conduct calm family discussions about earthquakes and other possible disasters. Avoid frightening disaster stories, but talk frankly and rationally about the possible consequences of catastrophic events.

- Keep a 7-10 day supply of food and water. To maintain freshness it is important to rotate this stock periodically.

During an Earthquake

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