A Quick View of Earthquake Preparedness


  1. Identify safe spots in each room. Practice earthquake drills:
    Drop, Cover, and Hold on!
  2. Secure water heaters, other gas appliances, and top-heavy furniture.
  3. Place latches on cabinets.
  4. Place a wrench near the main gas shutoff.
  5. Store under each bed:
    • shoes or slippers
    • a flashlight
    • a bottle of water
  6. Do not place beds near:
    • chimneys
    • shelves
    • large windows
    • large pictures
    • mirrors


  1. Hear sound and feel vibration.
  2. Do not run outside.
  3. Take cover:
    • under beds, tables, desks
    • next to interior walls, beds, couches
    • in or next to bathtubs
    • Inside: stay away from windows, door frames, shelves, mirrors, chimneys, light fixtures, large appliances or furniture pieces, and staircases.
    • Outside: stay away from buildings, trees, power lines, underpasses, overpasses, and bridges. Stay in the car.
  4. Cover your face. Shield your head with a coat, blanket, etc.


  1. Check for injuries and administer first aid.
  2. Wear heavy shoes and gloves.
  3. Do not light a flame or use light switches, telephones, or electrical equipment until the gas has been turned off.
  4. Shut off:
    • electricity
    • water
    • gas (use a wrench to turn the valve ¼ turn. Wait for a professional to turn it back on.)
  5. Check for:
    • fires
    • downed utility lines
    • structural damage
    • chemical spills
  6. Open closets and cupboards carefully.
  7. Tape windows and cover furniture with blankets or cardboard to protect against further damage.
  8. Be prepared for aftershocks.