Earthquake Preparedness

Did you know that surviving an

earthquake isn't just luck? You

can survive an earthquake and

minimize its damage simply by becoming

aware of potential hazards

and taking some basic earthquake

preparedness measures.

The fact is that movement of the

ground is seldom the actual cause

of death and injury. Most casualties

result from partial building collapse

or falling objects and debris.

Develop a family earthquake plan

Get everyone involved and be


Since earthquakes strike without

warning, it is important to act now.

The longer you wait, the greater

the risk. The experts know that

damaging earthqakes are coming,

but they don't know when, so it's

smart to assume that it's sooner

rather than later. At least then,

you'll be prepared.

Follow these guidelines and you

will rest easier knowing that you

know what to do (and what not to

do) before, during and after an


Before a Quake

Develop a family earthquake plan.

Prepare yourself, your family and

your home by completing the activities

on this checklist.

? Decide how and where your

family will reunite if separated.

? Choose an out-of-state friend

or relative that separated family

members can call after the

quake to report their

whereabouts and condition.

? Know the safe spots in each

room -- under sturdy tables,

desks or against inside walls.

? Know the danger spots -- windows,

mirrors, hanging objects,

fireplaces and tall, unsecured


? Conduct practice drills. Physically

place yourself in safe


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? Learn first aid and CPR (cardiopulmonary


from your local Red Cross

chapter or other community


When is the right time to start

preparing? RIGHT NOW!

Earthquakes can strike at any time.

? Keep a list of emergency

phone numbers nearby.

? Learn how to shut off gas,

water and electricity in case

the lines are damaged.

(Safety note: Do not attempt

to relight gas pilot. Call the

utility company.)

Know the danger spots during a

quake: near windows, hanging objects

or tall, unsecured furniture.

? Check chimneys, roofs, walls

and foundations for stability.

Make sure your house is

bolted to its foundation.

? Secure water heater and appliances

that could move

enough to rupture utility lines.

? Keep breakables and heavy

objects on bottom shelves.

? Secure heavy tall furniture

that can topple, such as bookcases,

china cabinets or wall


? Secure hanging plants and

heavy picture frames or mirrors

(especially over beds).

? Put latches on cabinet doors

to keep them closed during


? Keep flammable or hazardous

liquids such as paints, pest

sprays or cleaning products

in cabinets or secured on

lower shelves.

? Maintain emergency food,

water and other supplies, including

a flashlight, a portable

battery-operated radio, extra

batteries, medicines, first aid

kit and clothing.

During a Quake

? If indoors, stay there. Get

under a desk or table or stand

in a corner.

? If outdoors, get into an open

area away from trees, buildings,

walls and power lines.

? If in a highrise building, stay

away from windows and outside

walls. Get under a table.

Do not use elevators.

? If driving, pull over to the side

of the road and stop. Avoid

overpasses and power lines.

Stay inside until the shaking is


Maintain emergency food, water

and other supplies. It is also a good

idea to have a quake kit for your car.

? If in a crowded public place,

do not rush for the doors.

Move away from display shelves

containing objects that

could fall.

After a Quake

? Check for injuries. Apply first

aid. Do not move seriously injured

individuals unless they

are in immediate danger.

Assist others by knowing and applying

first aid and CPR. But, avoid

moving the seriously injured unless

they are in immediate danger. Wait

for help to arrive.

? Do not use the telephone immediately

unless there is a

serious injury or fire.

Hunt for hazards

? Check for gas and water

leaks, broken electrical wiring

or sewage lines. If there is

damage, turn utility off at the


? Check building for cracks and

damage, including roof, chimneys

and foundation.

? Check food and water supplies.

Emergency water may

be obtained from water

heaters, melted ice cubes,

toilet tanks and canned


? Turn on your portable radio

for instructions and news

reports. Cooperate fully with

public safety officials.

? Do not use your vehicle unless

there is an emergency.

Keep the streets clear for

emergency vehicles.

? Be prepared for aftershocks.

? Stay calm and lend a hand to


For More Information on

Earthquake Preparedness

Here are some of the agencies

concerned with Earthquake

Preparedness and Earthquake

Relief. You can also contact your

local Office of Emergency Services

or the American Red Cross.

The Governor's Office of Emergency


2800 Meadowview Road

Sacramento, CA 95832

(916) 427-6659

Southern California Earthquake

Preparedness Project (SCEPP)

600 South Commonwealth Avenue

Suite 1100

Los Angeles, CA 90005

(213) 739 -6695

Bay Area Regional Earthquake

Preparedness Project (BAREPP)


101 - 8th Street, Suite 152

Oakland, CA 94607

(415) 540-2713

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Don't wait! Be prepared!