Earthquake Disaster Preparedness
People can be affected in three major ways by earthquake hazards. They can be injured or killed by falling or collapsing objects, by objects thrown into the air, or by earthquake-induced fires or flooding. They can experience direct financial losses, either personal or business-related, resulting from damage to existing property. And they can temporarily lose the ability to produce income, due to business and employment interruptions brought about by damage to private property or public transportation.
BEFORE AN EARTHQUAKE
- Prepare an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. (Click Here)
- Fasten shelves securely and place large or heavy objects on lower shelves.
- Breakable items should be stored in low, closed cabinets with a latch.
- Heavy wall items should be attached securely and away from beds, couches, or anywhere people might be underneath.
- Brace overhead light fixtures and top-heavy lamps.
- Have defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections repaired by a qualified professional.
- Secure water heater, refrigerator, furnace and gas appliances with strapping or bolting. If recommended by your gas company, have an automatic vibration shut-off valve installed.
- Keep cracks in ceiling or foundation repaired and check often for structural defects.
- Store weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products on bottom shelves in closed cabinets with a latch.
- Locate safest spot in each room under a sturdy table or against inside wall. No doorways.
- Hold family earthquake drills: Drop, cover and hold on.
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Other Useful Links:
Federal Emergency Management Agency
American Red Cross
Center For Disease Control and Prevention