In the case of an earthquake please follow the provided guidelines.

Prepare Now

  • Find out earthquake history of area.
  • Conduct earthquake drill.
  • Be prepared for aftershocks; possible tsunami (coastal areas).
  • Place large, heavy, breakable objects on lower shelves.
  • Put latches on cabinets.
  • Fasten shelves, water heaters, large appliances to wall studs.
  • Anchor overhead lighting fixtures.
  • Repair poor electrical/plumbing connections, large cracks in plaster.
  • Install bracing system for mobile homes, awnings.
  • Move beds from windows; do not hang pictures, mirrors over beds.
  • Keep flashlight and shoes by bed.

Act Now

  • Drop, cover and hold on: crouch in a safe place (under sturdy table or kneel next to interior wall) cover head until quake stops.
  • If your are inside then stay inside, if you are outside then stay outside.
  • Move away from buildings, street lights, utility wires
  • Do not rush for the doorway of a crowded place, just take cover.
  • In a high-rise building: stay on same floor, do not use elevator, be prepared for alarm/sprinkler systems to activate.
  • If driving do not stop vehicle under bridges, overpasses, overhead power lines; pull over as soon as possible; stay in vehicle.
  • Beware of hanging plants, wall hangings, falling furniture.
  • Be prepared for aftershocks.