Earthquake Preparedness Checklist
Here’s a list of this you’ll need to be ready for when an earthquake happens!
Batteries: Keep a steady supply of batteries and replace them on a regular basis.
Food: Store at least a three days of non-perishable food. Collect an extra supply of food for babies, people on restricted diets and even your pets!
Flashlights: Have several flashlights placed throughout your home. Test them on a regular basis.
Portable Radio: Know your local emergency radio stations.
First Aid Kit: Make sure your kit is well stocked, especially with bandages and disinfectants.
Fire Extinguisher: Have your extinguisher recharged regularly.
Water: Store in air-tight containers and replace about every six months.
Tools: Keep an adjustable wrench for turning off gas and water mains. A portable stove and matches are also important, and don’t forget the can opener!
Special Items: Keep at least a one-week supply of medications, eyeglasses, blankets and sleeping bags, extra cash and any other goods you think you may need during an earthquake emergency.
Develop A Family Plan!
BEFORE THE QUAKE:
- Learn basic First Aid and CPR.
- Learn how to turn off gas, water and electricity.
- Learn where to take cover during an earthquake.
- Learn locations of nearby hospitals, clinics, fire stations, etc.
- Decide how and where your family will reunite if separated or if travel becomes difficult.
- Designate an out-of-state friend or relative that separated family members can call to report their whereabouts and condition.
- Conduct practice drills.
- Keep pet identification tags current.
SECURE YOUR HOME:
- Secure water heater and refrigerator. Place heavy items on lower shelves. Make certain shelves are securely fastened.
- Keep flammable or hazardous liquids (such as paints, pest sprays or cleaning products) in cabinets or secured on lower shelves.
DURING THE QUAKE:
If You’re Indoors, Stay There!
- Get under a desk or table or stand in a corner.
- Stay away from glass.
- Do not use candles, matches or other open flames during or after the tremor in case of possible gas leaks.
If You’re Outdoors:
- Get into an open area away from trees, buildings, walls and power lines.
- The greatest danger from falling debris is outside and close to outer walls. If possible, move to an open area.
If You’re Driving:
- Pull over to the side of the road and come to a full stop.
- Avoid overpasses and power lines.
- Stay inside your car until the shaking is over.
- Be aware of hazards like falling tree branches and other debris, downed electrical wires and damaged roadways.
If You’re In a High-rise Building:
- Stay away from windows or outside walls.
- Get under a table.
- Do not use elevators.
If You’re In a Crowded Public Place:
- Do not rush for exit doors.
- Move away from display shelves containing objects that could fall.
AFTER THE QUAKE:
- Check for injuries and apply First Aid.
- Do not move seriously injured individuals unless they’re in immediate danger.
Hunt for Hazards:
- Check for gas and water leaks, broken electrical wiring or sewage lines.
- If there is damage, turn utilities off at the source. Do not turn on the gas, let the gas company do it.
- Check building for cracks and damage, including roof, chimneys and foundation.
- Be prepared for aftershocks.
Check Your Supplies:
- Check food and water supplies.
- Obtain emergency water from water heaters, melted ice cubes and canned vegetables.
- Turn on your portable radio for instructions and news reports.
Work With Authorities:
- Cooperate fully with public safety officials.
- Do not use your vehicle except in an emergency.
- Keep streets and roads clear for emergency vehicles.
- DO NOT go sight-seeing!
- Adults and children should always carry an emergency card.
- Stay calm and stay active helping others.
IF YOU DO EVACUATE, PLAN AHEAD:
- List three places where family members should plan to go if they cannot stay in or return to their home.
- If you arrive home after the quake and no one is there, this list will provide you with places to start looking for other family members.
Stay In Communication:
- Turn on your portable or car radio for information and safety advisories.
- Only use your phone for emergencies and to call your out-of-area contact to inform them of your status.
Things to Take With You:
- Medicines and First Aid kit.
- Flashlight, portable radio and batteries.
- Important papers and cash.
- Food, water, sleeping bags and extra clothes.
Learn School Policies:
- Determine in advance whether the school’s policy is to hold or to release your children in the event of an emergency.
Leave a Message:
- Post a message inside your home indicating where you can be found.
Earthquake Insurance Information:
Information Supplied By: California Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency