Earthquakes strike without warning, rattling even those of us with the steadiest of nerves. Common advice is to drop or stay low during earthquake tremor, but there are other things you can do before, during and after an earthquake to protect yourself, your family and your home.
Although you can't avoid an earthquake, you can try to limit the injuries or damage it causes with some simple steps:
If you have a plan ahead of time, it's easier to stay calm during an actual earthquake. Review the following tips on how to stay safe and make sure everyone in your family understands them so that if the time comes, you all know what to do.
Just because you think an earthquake is over, it may not be. Aftershocks can continue over a period of hours, days or even weeks after an earthquake. Take precautions to ensure it's safe before you leave your house, car or other building. These are additional tips for enhancing your and your family’s safety after an earthquake:
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