Earthquakes strike suddenly, violently and without warning. Identifying potential hazards ahead of time and advance planning can reduce the dangers of serious injury or loss of life from an earthquake.
- Secure items that could fall during an earthquake: bookshelves, file cabinets, etc.
- Create an Evacuation Plan:
- Plan places where your family will meet, both within and outside of your immediate neighborhood.
- If you have a car, keep a half tank of gas in it at all times in case you need to evacuate.
- Become familiar with alternate routes and other means of transportation out of your area.
- If you do not have a car, plan how you will leave if you have to.
- Create an emergency supply kit, including food and water.
- If you're indoors, duck and cover, preferably under a sturdy desk or table, or in a doorway. Avoid windows or any glass that could shatter.
- If you're outdoors, an open area is best, clear of trees, power poles, power lines, tall buildings, or other objects that might fall.
- If you're driving, find a safe place to pull off the road and stop.
- Prepare for possible aftershocks.
- If you smell natural gas, turn off the gas at the gas meter.
- Check for injuries and provide First Aid, as needed.
- If you need to evacuate:
- If time allows:
- Call or email the "out-of-state" contact in your family communications plan. If phone systems are overwhelmed, text messages are an option.
- Tell them where you are going.
- If there is damage to your home and you are instructed to do so, shut off utilities (water, gas and electricity) before leaving.
- Leave a note telling others when you left and where you are going.
- Check with neighbors who may need a ride.
Visit the Emergency Preparedness main page and find out how you and your employees can be prepared for an emergency. You can also learn what to do in response to a specific disaster.