Protecting Your Family and Home from an Earthquake
Earthquake damage can be mitigated if you and your family take precautionary measures. Here are some steps you can take before, during and after an earthquake.
Before an Earthquake:
During an Earthquake:
- Have a licensed contractor check your chimney(s), roof and wall foundations for stability. Make sure your home is bolted to the foundation.
- Secure your water heater(s) with approved water heater strapping.
- Secure heavy furnishings, appliances and bookcases to the walls and floors.
- Know where your gas, electrical and water main shut-off valves are located.
- Keep heavy shoes and gloves underneath your bed to protect yourself from broken glass and debris left on the floor after an earthquake.
- Prepare and maintain a first aid kit (with a first aid handbook) for your entire family.
- Maintain an emergency supply kit that will sustain you and your family for a 72-hour period. This kit should include flashlights, a portable radio, extra batteries, canned food, a fire extinguisher (ABC rated), bottled water, cash, blankets, clothing and toiletries.
After an Earthquake:
- Stay away from windows. Stand in a sturdy doorway, duck under a durable table or move to an inner wall or hallway.
- Turn off all appliances and the main electrical circuit breaker.
- If you smell gas or notice a broken water line, turn off the appropriate valve.
- Check for fires and/or other household hazards.
This information is advisory in nature. No liability is assumed by reason of the information in this document.