Earthquakes strike suddenly. Unlike some other natural hazards there is no warning. There are some things that you can do now though that will reduce the risk of injury that you and your family might face.
Know the basic rules for earthquake safety:
• Drop down and take cover under a desk or table.
• Stay indoors until the shaking stops.
• Stay from windows.
• Stay from large pieces of furniture that can overturn.
• If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees and power lines.
• If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place. Stay in your car until the shaking stops.
Have an earthquake readiness plan:
• Locate a place inside your home that you can go to where nothing is likely to fall on you.
• Know how to turn your gas and water mains off.
• Secure all tall and large pieces of furniture to the wall.
• Keep a supply of canned food and three gallons of water per person in a storage area.
• Purchase an Earthquake Survival Kit that includes a minimum of a flashlight, a battery-operated radio, dust masks, goggles and a good First Aid Kit.
Earthquake Survival Kit
All items are packed in our large, heavy duty Tactical Backpacks. Each backpack has a large clam-shell main compartment, an internal zippered pocket, six external zippered pockets, padded shoulder straps, waist and sternum straps, two adjustable compression straps on each side, carry handle straps on the top and both sides, and PAL compatible webbing located on both the front and bottom. This kit is designed to meet the demands for earthquake survival practices. The Earthquake Survival Kit follows the guidelines of governmental agencies, including the FEMA and Red Cross requirements for one person/four days.