Before an Earthquake

  • Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan
  • Secure items in your home that could fall during a quake, especially heavy objects and overhead light fixtures
  • Make sure water heaters, refrigerators, furnaces and gas appliances are strapped to the wall studs or bolted to the floor
  • Repair any deep cracks in ceiling or foundations, and be sure your residence is firmly anchored to its foundation
  • Identify safe spots to take cover in each room, such as under a sturdy table or against an inside wall
  • Hold earthquake drills with your family to practice “drop, cover, and hold on”

    Waterheater (Photo credit: Wikipedia)