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Are You Ready for an Earthquake

Are You Ready for an Earthquake

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Prepare a Home Earthquake Plan
\ue000Choose a safe place in every

room\u2014under a sturdy table or
desk or against an inside wall
where nothing can fall on you.

\ue000Practice DROP, COVER, AND HOLD
ON at least twice a year. Drop under
a sturdy desk or table, hold on,
and protect your eyes by pressing

your face against your arm. If there\u2019s no table or desk nearby, sit on the floor against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases, or tall

furniture that could fall on you.
Teach children to DROP, COVER,
\ue000Choose an out-of-town family
\ue000Consult a professional to find out

additional ways you can protect
your home, such as bolting the
house to its foundation and other
structural mitigation techniques.

\ue000Take a first aid class from your
local Red Cross chapter. Keep
your training current.
\ue000Get training in how to use a
fire extinguisher from your local
fire department.
\ue000Inform babysitters and caregivers
of your plan.
Eliminate hazards, by\u2014
\ue000Bolting bookcases, china
cabinets, and other tall
furniture to wall studs.
\ue000Installing strong latches on
\ue000Strapping the water heater
to wall studs.
Are You Ready for an Earthquake?
Here\u2019s what you can do to prepare for such an emergency
Prepare a Disaster Supplies Kit
for home and car, including\u2014
\ue000First aid kit and essential
\ue000Canned food and can opener.
\ue000At least three gallons of water
per person.
\ue000Protective clothing, rainwear,
and bedding or sleeping bags.
\ue000Battery-powered radio, flashlight,
and extra batteries.
\ue000Special items for infant, elderly,
or disabled family members.
\ue000Written instructions for how

to turn off gas, electricity, and
water if authorities advise you
to do so. (Remember, you\u2019ll need
a professional to turn natural
gas service back on.)

\ue000Keeping essentials, such as a
flashlight and sturdy shoes,
by your bedside.
Know what to do when the
shaking begins

Move only a few steps to a nearby
safe place. Stay indoors until the
shaking stops and you\u2019re sure
it\u2019s safe to exit. Stay away from
windows. In a high-rise building,
expect the fire alarms and sprin-
klers to go off during a quake.

\ue000If you are in bed, hold on and
stay there, protecting your head
with a pillow.
\ue000If you are outdoors, find a clear
spot away from buildings, trees,
and power lines. Drop to the ground.
\ue000If you are in a car, slow down and

drive to a clear place (as described
above). Stay in the car until the
shaking stops.

Identify what to do after the
shaking stops
\ue000Check yourself for injuries. Protect

yourself from further danger by
putting on long pants, a long-
sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes, and
work gloves.

\ue000Check others for injuries. Give
first aid for serious injuries.
\ue000Look for and extinguish small fires.

Eliminate fire hazards. Turn off
the gas if you smell gas or think
it\u2019s leaking. (Remember, only a

professional should turn it back on.)
\ue000Listen to the radio for instructions.
\ue000Expect aftershocks. Each time
you feel one, DROP, COVER, AND
\ue000Inspect your home for damage.
Get everyone out if your home
is unsafe.
\ue000Use the telephone only to report
life-threatening emergencies.
Your local contact is:
ARC 4455
Rev. Aug. 1998

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