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Earthquake Preparedness

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Earthquakes are difficult, even impossible, to predict. However, certain things can be done to minimize harm and damage such as developing an emergency plan, preparing an emergency kit, and holding drills. FEMA has developed a helpful checklist. Here are some things that you can do to minimize risk of injury.

Home/Family

  • Furniture and appliances can tip over, and should be secured to walls.
  • Heavy or glass objects should be moved to lower shelves.
  • Overhead light fixtures should be braced or reinforced.

Schools

  • Shelves in libraries, classrooms, etc., should be anchored to walls.
  • A shallow lip on shelves can prevent items from falling when the ground begins to shake.
  • Overhead light fixtures, false ceilings, and overhead duct work should be braced.
  • Any hazardous materials should be stored in a way to prevent spills.
  • Students and staff should be educated on safe reactions to an earthquake, and drills should be conducted.
  • A response plan should be drawn up.

Business/Industry

  • Draw up an emergency response plan and make it available to all employees.

If the ground starts to shake and...

You Are Inside

  • Drop to the floor
  • Take cover under a study object, such as a table or heavy furniture, or
  • Crouch in an inside corner or against a supporting wall
  • Cover your head with your arms
  • Stay in place until the shaking stops

You Are Outside

  • Do not run indoors
  • Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires
  • If you in a vehicle, stop as quickly and safely as possible. Stay in your vehicle. Proceed cautiously once the shaking stops. Be alert to potential damage.

When the shaking stops

  • Check for injuries or trapped people
  • Carefully leave a damaged building. Watch for hazards.
  • Notify authorities as soon as possible.

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