Earthquake Safety The Seven Steps

Emergency Survival Program

The information contained on this page comes from materials originated in 2006 by the Emergency Survival Program , which is based upon "The Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety" contained in the handbook called , Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country.


Secure it now! By diminishing and/or removing hazards throughout your neighborhood, home, school, and workplace can vastly diminish your risk of death or injury following another earthquake or some other major disaster. Perform a "hazard search" to assist in identifying and fixing things like unsecured TV sets, bookcases,, computers, furniture, unstrapped hot water heaters, etc. By securing these items today will help protect you for tomorrow. Go ahead and download the focus sheet Secure It Now! (804 KB PDF)

Create a plan

Planning for a terrorist attack, earthquake, or other type of emergency is not all that different from planning vacation or a party. Just be sure your emergency plans include evacuation and reunion contingencies; an out-of-the-area contact person name and phone number; where your emergency supplies are stored and other related details. By doing some planning today you will be prepared for upcoming emergencies. Download the focus sheet, Make a Plan (436 KB PDF)

Create disaster kits

Everybody should possess disaster supply kits stored in easy to reach locations at work, at home, and in their vehicle. By having easy to access emergency supplies can diminish the impact of a terrorist incident, an earthquake, or other sort emergency for you and your family. These disaster supply kits should include water, food, portable radios, flashlights, batteries, cash, a first aid kit, a whistle, extra medications, fire extinguisher, etc. Download the focus sheet, Make Disaster Kits  (432 KB PDF)


Is your house safe? The majority of houses may not be as protected as they might be. It doesn't matter if you're a homeowner or you're a tenant, there are several things you may do to enhance the structural steadfastness of the home you live in. A few of the items that you might check include unbolted foundations, cripple walls that are not braced, soft lower stories, masonry that's not reinforced and susceptible pipes. have an or engineer or contractor help you determine the weaknesses of the building' you live in and start fixing them now. Download the focus sheet Is Your Place Safe? (620 KB PDF)


DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON! Become skilled at just what to do while an earthquake is going on, whether you're just out and around., at home, at school , or at work Taking the appropriate actions, like "Drop, take Cover, and Hang On", can help save lives and diminish your risk of injury or death During earthquakes, drop down to the floor, take some sort of cover beneath a strong table or desk, and firmly hang on to it. Become prepared to shift with it until after the shaking quits. Download the focus sheet, Drop, Cover, and Hold On! (480 KB PDF)


Check it out!
One of the very first items you should do subsequent to a major type disaster is inspect for injuries and any damages that require immediate attention. Become qualified for first aid and damage measurement procedures. You should gain the ability to provide first aid and to recognize hazards like damaged electrical lines, water, gas, and sewage. Be ready to report damage to county or city or governments. Download the focus sheet, Check It Out! (560 KB PDF)

Communicate and recover!

Subsequent to a major disaster, communications will become a major step in recovery efforts. Have your portable radio on for communication and safety advisories. If there's damage to your home, get a hold of your insurance agent as soon as you can to start your claim process. For a Presidentially declared disaster, resources will also become available from local, state and federal, government agencies. Download the focus sheet, Communicate and Recover! (408 KB PDF)

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