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.