Before an Earthquake – By taking action to be prepared, you can lessen the impact of an earthquake on your family. Set aside some emergency supplies, and teach your family what to do at home during and after a disaster. Because you don’t know where you will be when an earthquake occurs, prepare a Disaster Supplies Kit for your home, workplace, and car. You could be without help for up to 72 hours, so learn to cope for at least that long.
Because earthquakes occur without warning, it’s important to take steps now to prepare, especially since we live in an earthquake-prone area. Knowing what you can do and how to respond with constructive and protective actions, can make yourself, your family, and your home safer.
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During an Earthquake – Drop, Cover and Hold On during an earthquake to prevent injuries from falling objects and debris, like toppling chimneys, falling bricks, ceiling plaster, and light fixtures. Do not exit the building until after shaking stops.