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 Emergency Kit
The food and water in this kit will comfortably provide you with adequate nutrition for one day without access to additional supplies. These products have a 5 year shelf life.In the event of a power outage caused by disaster you’ll have independent access to your own means of lighting and communication with the outside world. The supplies will provide protection from outside weather forces. They will protect you from wind, sun, rain, and many other conditions you may encounter. The items are designed to be useful in disaster situations. They will be a valuable resource when you find yourself faced with navigation, transport, personal protection, or shelter troubles.