Prepare a Home Earthquake Plan
Choose a safe place in everyroom—under a sturdy table ordesk or against an inside wallwhere nothing can fall on you.
Practice DROP, COVER, AND HOLDON at least twice a year. Drop undera sturdy desk or table, hold on,and protect your eyes by pressingyour face against your arm. If there’sno table or desk nearby, sit on thefloor against an interior wall awayfrom windows, bookcases,or tallfurniture that could fall on you.Teach children to DROP, COVER,AND HOLD ON!
Choose an out-of-town familycontact.
Consult a professional to find outadditional ways you can protectyour home, such as bolting thehouse to its foundation and otherstructural mitigation techniques.
Take a first aid class from yourlocal Red Cross chapter. Keepyour training current.
Get training in how to use afire extinguisher from your localfire department.
Inform babysitters and caregiversof your plan.
Bolting bookcases, chinacabinets, and other tallfurniture to wall studs.
Installing strong latches oncupboards.
Strapping the water heaterto wall studs.
Are You Ready for an Earthquake?
Here’s what you can do to prepare for such an emergency
E a r t h q u a k e
Prepare a Disaster Supplies Kitfor home and car,including—
First aid kit and essentialmedications.
Canned food and can opener.
At least three gallons of waterper person.
Protective clothing, rainwear,and bedding or sleeping bags.
Battery-powered radio, flashlight,and extra batteries.
Special items for infant, elderly,or disabled family members.
Written instructions for howto turn off gas, electricity, andwater if authorities advise youto do so. (Remember, you’ll needa professional to turn naturalgas service back on.)
Keeping essentials, such as aflashlight and sturdy shoes,by your bedside.
Know what to do when theshaking begins
DROP, COVER, AND HOLD ON!Move only a few steps to a nearbysafe place. Stay indoors until theshaking stops and you’re sureit’s safe to exit. Stay away fromwindows. In a high-rise building,expect the fire alarms and sprin-klers to go off during a quake.
If you are in bed, hold on andstay there, protecting your headwith a pillow.
If you are outdoors, find a clearspot away from buildings, trees,and power lines. Drop to the ground.
If you are in a car, slow down anddrive to a clear place (as describedabove). Stay in the car until theshaking stops.
Identify what to do after theshaking stops
Check yourself for injuries. Protectyourself from further danger byputting on long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes, andwork gloves.
Check others for injuries. Givefirst aid for serious injuries.
Look for and extinguish small fires.Eliminate fire hazards. Turn off the gas if you smell gas or thinkit’s leaking. (Remember, only aprofessional should turn it back on.)
Listen to the radio for instructions.
Expect aftershocks. Each timeyou feel one, DROP, COVER, ANDHOLD ON!
Inspect your home for damage.Get everyone out if your homeis unsafe.
Use the telephone only to reportlife-threatening emergencies.
Your local contact is:
ARC 4455Rev. Aug. 1998