Preparing for a Earthquake
National Preparedness Month
What to do to protect yourself if you feel an earthquake (Ready.Gov)
- Stop driving, pull over and put your parking brake on if you are in a car.
- “If you are in your bed, turn face down and cover your head and neck with a pillow.”
- If you are outside, stay outside and away from any buildings.
- Don’t stand in a doorway
- Don’t run outside
ALWAYS - Drop, Cover and Hold On.
Be sure to practice this with family beforehand.
DROP - Get down on your hands and knees wherever you are.
COVER - Use your arms to cover your head and neck. Crawl underneath a sturdy desk or table if there is one nearby for shelter. “Stay on your knees or bent over to protect vital organs” (Ready.Gov).
HOLD ON - If you are using a table for shelter, hold on with one hand and get ready to move if it moves.
How To Prepare Before an Earthquake
- Practice your plan with your family, friends or coworkers.
- Check around your house for heavy items that may need to be secured. Keep any heavy or breakable items on low shelves.
- Have a family communication plan in case you are separated, have an “out of state contact” on your plan. Decide on a family meeting spot.
- Have a preparedness kit ready to go. 3-10 days worth of food and water, a flashlight, a whistle, a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher.
- Consider getting earthquake insurance if you live in a high risk area.
- “Consider making improvements to your building to fix structural issues that could cause your building to collapse during an earthquake” (Ready.Gov).
“Earthquakes .” Ready.Gov, 9 Sept. 2020, www.ready.gov/earthquakes.