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Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety

Article Date: 
6 April, 2012 (All day)

Step 1: Secure it now! 

Reducing and/or eliminating hazards throughout your home, neighborhood, workplace and school can greatly reduce your risk of injury or death following the next earthquake or other disaster. 

Step 2: Make a plan 

Planning for an earthquake, or other emergency is not much different from planning for a party or vacation. Make sure that your emergency plan includes evacuation and reunion plans. 

Step 3: Make disaster kits 

Everyone should have disaster supplies kits stored in accessible locations at home, at work and in your vehicle. Your disaster supplies kits should include food, water, flashlights, portable radios, batteries, a first aid kit, cash, extra medications, a whistle, fire extinguisher, etc. 

Step 4: Is your place safe? 

Most houses are not as safe as they could be. Some of the things that you might consider checking include inadequate foundations, unbraced cripple walls, soft first stories, unreinforced masonry and vulnerable pipes. 

Step 5: DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON! 

Learn what to do during an earthquake, whether you’re at home, at work, at school or just out and about. During earthquakes, drop to the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk or table, and hold on to it firmly. Be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops. 

Step 6: Check it out! 

One of the first things you should do following a major disaster is to check for injuries and damages that need immediate attention. You should be able to administer first aid and to identify hazards such as damaged gas, water, sewage and electrical lines. 

Step 7: Communicate and recover! 

Following a major disaster, communication will be an important step in your recovery efforts. Turn on your portable radio for information and safety advisories. If your home is damaged, contact your insurance agent right away to begin your claims process.