Earthquake Safety (Part II)

If you live in an area that has frequent earthquakes then you need to have an emergency kit.

Make a family emergency communications plan that has an out-of-state contact. Come up with a plan where to meet if you get split up.

Create a supply kit that has plenty of water and food for about three days, also putting in the kit a fire extinguisher, flashlight, and a whistle. Consider every person’s particular needs, such as medication. Have extra charging devices for phones, batteries, and other vital equipment. Remember the needs of pets and service animals.

Consider getting an earthquake insurance policy. A regular homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover earthquake damage.

Consider making remodels to your building to repair structural problems that can cause your building to fall during an earthquake.

Keep Yourself Safe After an Earthquake

If an earthquake has just occurred, there can be severe hazards like leaking gas and water lines, damage to the building, or downed power lines. You will have aftershocks right after the mainshock of an earthquake.

Inspect yourself to see if you are hurt and help others if you have knowledge. Learn how to be the help until help comes.

If you are in an injured building, go outside and swiftly move away from the building. Do not enter ravaged buildings. If you are trapped, shield your nose, mouth, and eyes from dust. Bang on a pipe or wall, send a text or use a whistle instead of screaming to help rescuers find you.

If you are in a place that might experience tsunamis, go inland or to higher ground quickly after the shaking stops. Text messages might be more dependable than phone calls. Save phone calls for emergencies.

Once you are secure and safe, listen to local news reports for instructions and emergency information via social media, radio, TV, or from cell phone text alerts. 

Be cautious during post-disaster cleanup of buildings and around debris. Do not try to eliminate heavy debris by yourself. Wear protective clothing (long pants, long-sleeved shirt, work gloves, and durable, thick-soled shoes) during cleanup.