Prepare a Home Earthquake Plan
Choose a safe place
in every room--under a sturdy table or desk or against an inside
wall where nothing can fall on you.
COVER, AND HOLD ON at least twice a year. Drop under a sturdy desk
or table, hold on, and protect your eyes by pressing your face
against your arm. If there's no table or desk nearby, sit on the
floor against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases, or tall
furniture that could fall on you. Teach children to DROP, COVER, AND
out-of-town family contact.
professional to find out additional ways you can protect your home,
such as bolting the house to its foundation and other structural
Take a first aid
class from your local Red Cross chapter. Keep your training current.
Get training in how
to use a fire extinguisher from your local fire department.
and caregivers of your plan.
Eliminate Hazards, Including:
china cabinets, and other tall furniture to wall studs.
latches on cupboards.
Strapping the water
heater to wall studs.
Prepare a Disaster Supplies Kit For
Home and Car, Including:
First aid kit and
Canned food and can
At least three
gallons of water per person.
rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags.
radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
Special items for
infant, elderly, or disabled family members.
for how to turn off gas, electricity, and water if authorities
advise you to do so. (Remember, you'll need a professional to turn
natural gas service back on.)
such as a flashlight and sturdy shoes, by your bedside.
Know What to Do When the Shaking
DROP, COVER, AND
HOLD ON! Move only a few steps to a nearby safe place. Stay indoors
until the shaking stops and you're sure it's safe to exit. Stay away
from windows. In a high-rise building, expect the fire alarms and
sprinklers to go off during a quake.
If you are in bed,
hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow.
If you are outdoors,
find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, and power lines. Drop
to the ground.
If you are in a car,
slow down and drive to a clear place (as described above). Stay in
the car until the shaking stops.
Identify What to Do After the
Check yourself for
injuries. Protect yourself from further danger by putting on long
pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes, and work gloves.
Check others for
injuries. Give first aid for serious injuries.
Look for and
extinguish small fires. Eliminate fire hazards. Turn off the gas if
you smell gas or think it's leaking. (Remember, only a professional
should turn it back on.)
Listen to the radio
Each time you feel one, DROP, COVER, AND HOLD ON!
Inspect your home
for damage. Get everyone out if your home is unsafe.
Use the telephone
only to report life-threatening emergencies.