Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety
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When it comes to disaster, there are simple
things you can do to make yourself safer. The information on this page is
designed as a step-by-step guide to give you details on what to do before,
during, and after an earthquake. Start with the simple tips within each
step so that you can build on your accomplishments.
An example of this in Step 1 is moving heavy,
unsecured objects from top shelves onto lower ones. This will only take
minutes to complete and you are safer from that hazard!
The information in the steps linked below will help you learn how to better prepare to survive and recover, wherever you live, work, or travel.
Before the next big earthquake we recommend these four steps that will make you, your family, or your workplace better prepared to survive and recover quickly:
Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items.
Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency.
Organize disaster supplies in convenient locations.
Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance.
Survive and Recover
During the next big earthquake, and immediately after, is when your level of preparedness will make a difference in how you and others survive and can respond to emergencies:
Drop, Cover, and Hold On when the earth shakes.
Improve safety after earthquakes by evacuating if necessary, helping the injured, and preventing further injuries or damage.
After the immediate threat of the earthquake has passed, your level of preparedness will determine your quality of life in the weeks and months that follow:
Reconnect and Restore
Restore daily life by reconnecting with others, repairing damage, and rebuilding community.
EARTHQUAKE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Steps to Earthquake Safety:
Before a quake
Identify hazards and fix them, to include:
Secure hot water heater
Secure book cases and top heavy furniture
Create a disaster-preparedness plan
Establish a contact out of the area and make sure everyone has the number
Create disaster kits (3-5 days) for home/car
A gallon of water per person per day
First aid, medications, soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, etc
Battery radio, flashlights and extra batteries
Canned/packaged goods and cooking utensils, manual can opener
Warm clothing, blankets, sturdy shoes
Pet food, leashes
Copies of insurance policies, personal IDs
Comfort items for children
During a quake
After a quake
Check for injuries and damage
When safe, follow your disaster-preparedness plan
Turn off gas if needed (vertical is on, horizontal is off)
PG&E will turn gas back on
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