Earthquake Tip: Drop, Cover and Hold On!

National Preparedness Month Tip of the Day: Planning and holding earthquake drills will help safeguard your family.


Before an Earthquake Strikes: 

  • Plan and hold earthquake drills with your family.
  • Choose a location where family members will meet if separated during the quake.

Make Your Home Safer:

  • Strap water heaters, appliances and TVs to wall studs.
  • Secure pictures, mirrors and ornaments to the wall with appropriate fasteners.
  • Know where and how to shut off electricity, gas and water services.
  • Assemble disaster survival kits to last at least 72 hours for each person in the house.
  • Check with local emergency managers for additional tips and safety training.

During an Earthquake: 

  • Keep calm. Expect the earthquake to last from a few seconds to a few minutes.
  • If indoors, stay there until the shaking stops. Make sure to drop down to the floor and take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture or an interior wall. Hold onto the furniture and keep your position.
  • If outdoors, move into an open area away from trees, buildings, utility wires or signs. Stay in the open until the shaking stops.

After an Earthquake: 

  • Check for injuries.
  • Don’t move injured persons unless they are in immediate danger.
  • Turn on your TV or radio for emergency information and instructions.
  • Check utilities for gas and/or water leaks, or broken electrical connections.
  • Be prepared to turn off utilities in the event they are damaged.
  • Clean up medications, cleaning products and/or flammable liquids.
  • Check food and water supplies.
  • Open cabinets carefully to avoid objects falling out.

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