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EARTHQUAKE SAFETY
 
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FAMILY DISASTER PREPAREDNESS GUIDE


 


 SEVEN STEPS TO EARTHQUAKE SAFETY:

  • Fix potential hazards in your home.
  • Create a disaster plan.
  • Create a disaster supplies kit.
  • Fix potential weaknesses in the structure of your building.
  • Duck, cover and hold during earthquakes and aftershocks.
  • After the earthquake, check for injuries and damage.
  • Continue to follow your disaster plan when safe.
     

WHAT TO DO IF AN EARTHQUAKE OCCURS:

  • DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON, OR SIT DOWN!
    Move only a few steps to a nearby safe place. If possible, use a pillow or blanket to protect your head.
    Stay indoors until the shaking stops and it's safe to exit.
  • Stay away from windows. In a high-rise building, sprinklers and alarm bells may go off.
  • If you are in bed, stay there and cover your head with a pillow.
  • If you are outdoors, find a clear spot that's 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. Stay in the car until the shaking stops.

 

WHAT TO DO AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE:

  • Check yourself and family for injuries. Protect yourself from further danger by putting on long pants, a
    long-sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes and work gloves.
  • Give first-aid for serious injuries.
  • Look for and extinguish small fires. Eliminate fire hazards.
  • Do NOT turn off you gas unless you smell it or hear it leaking. If a leak cannot be stopped by turning off an appliance valve, turn off gas at the main valve at the meter. Call the Gas Company or a qualified plumber to turn it back on.
  • Check to make sure none of the appliance vents were separated during the shaking
  • Listen to the radio for instructions.
  • Expect aftershocks. Each time you feel one, DROP, COVER and HOLD ON!
  • Inspect your home for damage. Get everyone out of your home if it is unsafe.
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