Be prepared before an earthquake strikes…
- Fasten shelves securely to walls.
- Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves.
- Store breakable items such as bottled foods, glass, and china in low, closed cabinets with latches.
- Fasten heavy items such as pictures and mirrors securely to walls and away from beds, couches and anywhere people sit.
- Brace overhead light fixtures and top heavy objects.
- Repair defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections. These are potential fire risks. Get appropriate professional help. Do not work with gas or electrical lines yourself.
- Install flexible pipe fittings to avoid gas or water leaks. Flexible fittings are more resistant to breakage.
During an earthquake…
- DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!)
- Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table.
- HOLD ON until the shaking stops.
- If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms andcrouch in an inside corner of the building.
- DO NOT get in a doorway unless you know it is a strongly constructed, load-bearing doorway and it is close to you. Many insidedoorways are lightly constructed and do not offer protection.
- DO NOT run outside Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Do not exit a building during the shaking. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.
After the earthquake: Be cautious!
- Check for gas and water leaks, broken electrical and sewer lines, and major cracks and damage in your home. If you suspect a gas leak, contact your local Fire Department immediately.
- Keep streets clear for emergency vehicles. Do not drive your vehicle.