Before the Shaking Starts …
Prepare Your Family
- Know the safe spots in each room: against inside walls, under sturdy tables, desks or supported doorways.
- Know the danger spots: windows, mirrors hanging objects, fireplaces and tall, unsecured furniture.
- Practice drills. Physically place yourself in safe locations. This is especially important for children to know and do.
- Learn first aid and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) from your local Red Cross chapter or other community organization or local fire department.
- Keep a listing of emergency numbers.
Prepare Your Home
- Learn how to shut off gas, water, and electricity (If lines are damaged)
- Keep breakables or heavy objects on bottom shelves.
- Secure tall heavy furniture which could topple, such as bookcases, china cabinets or wall units.
- Secure water heaters and appliances which could move enough to rupture gas or electricity lines.
- Secure hanging plants and heavy picture frames or mirrors (especially over beds).
- Put latches on cabinet doors to hold closed during shaking.
- Keep flammable or hazardous liquids such as paints, pest sprays or cleaning products in the garage or outside shed.
- Check chimneys, roofs, walls and foundation for structural condition.
- Maintain emergency food, water and other supplies, including a flashlight, a portable battery-operated radio, extra batteries, medicines, first aid kit and clothing.
During The Shaking
- If indoors, stay there. Get under a desk or table or stand in a doorway or corner.
- If outdoors, get into an open area away from trees,buildings, walls and power lines.
- If driving, pull your car to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses or power lines. Remain inside until the shaking is over.
- If in a high rise building, stay away from windows and outside walls. Get under a table. Do not use the elevators.
- If in a crowded public place, do not rush for the doors. Move away from display shelves containing objects that may fall.
After The Shaking Stops
- Check for injuries. Apply first aid. Do not move seriously injured individuals unless they are in immediate danger.
- Do not use the telephone unless there is a severe injury or fire.
- Hunt for hazards:
- Check for gas and water leaks, broken electrical wiring or sewage lines. If there is damage, turn utility off at the source.
- Check building for cracks and damage, including roof, chimneys and foundation.
- Check food and water supplies. Emergency water may be obtained from water heaters melted ice cubes, toilet tanks and canned vegetables.
- Turn on your portable radio for instructions and news reports. Cooperate fully with public safety officials.
- Do not use your vehicle unless there is an emergency. Keep the streets clear for emergency vehicles.
Be prepared for aftershocks.
Stay calm and lend a hand to others in need.
For more information on Earthquakes, preparing for earthquakes or general disaster preparedness information, go the the California Office of Emergency Services Web site at http://www.oes.ca.gov