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!


  • 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 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.


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.


First Aid:

  • 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.

Stay Informed:

  • 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!

Please Remember:

  • Adults and children should always carry an emergency card.
  • Stay calm and stay active helping others.


  • 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:
(877) 797-4300

Information Supplied By: California Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency