Earthquake

Public Safety

Before An Earthquake
  • Store Water and Food Supply
  • Organize a 72-hour portable emergency kit.
  • Bolt down or provide strong support for water heaters and other appliances.
  • Consider earthquake insurance.
During an Earthquake
  • STAY CALM
  • If you are indoors, stay inside and find protection in a doorway, or crouch under a desk or table, away from windows or glass dividers; avoid masonry wall (brick) and chimneys (fireplaces).
  • Outside: Stand away from buildings, trees, telephone and electric lines.
  • On the Road: Drive away from underpasses/overpasses; stop in a safe area; stay in vehicle.
  • In an Office Building: Stay next to a pillar or support column or under a heavy table or desk.
After an Earthquake
  • Check for injuries. Provide first aid.
  • Check for safety - gas, water, sewage breaks; check for downed electric lines; turn off interrupted utilities as necessary; check for building damage and potential safety problems during aftershocks, such as cracks around chimney and foundation; check for fires.
  • Clean up dangerous spills.
  • Wear Shoes.
  • Tune radio to an emergency station and listen for instructions from public safety agencies.
  • Use the telephone only for emergencies.
  • As soon as possible, notify your family that you are okay.
  • Do not use matches or open flames in the home until you are sure there are no gas leaks.
  • Do not turn light switches off and on. Sparks created by the switch contacts can ignite gas fumes.
  • In public buildings, follow evacuation procedures immediately and return only after the building has been declared safe by the appropriate authorities.
  • Report damages or needs to your Neighborhood Coordinator.
Things You Need To Know
  • How, where and when to turn off electricity, gas and water.
  • First aid.
  • Plan for reuniting your family.
  • Plan and practice a family drill at least once a year.
Other Emergency Procedures