So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteousness.
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. Before an earthquake – 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 Supply Kit for your home, workplace, and car. You could be without help for up to 72 hours, so be prepared for at least that long.
During an earthquake – drop, cover and hold on 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.After an earthquake or major disaster - Register every member of your family for FREE at safeandwell.org to be able to send messages to each other.
Taking the time to assemble a home emergency kit, will help you and your loved ones respond and recover from emergencies and disasters. There are lots of helpful resources on how to prepare a kit. Whether you buy a kit already assembled, customize a store-bought kit, or make you own kit, the American Red Cross recommends six basics to stock up on at home (a good rule of thumb is to have at least a two week supply of the following on hand):
Creating a family disaster plan is the foundation for disaster preparedness.
A family disaster plan provides the blueprint for safeguarding and sustaining your family during emergencies and disasters, keeping family members connected and informed, handling disaster stress, and taking effective action to respond and recover. Don’t be overwhelmed: just take it one step at a time.
By preparing and practicing for an emergency in advance, you make a real difference in your ability to cope with disaster, which, in turn, will enable you and your family to recover more quickly.
Step 2: Make a Family Evacuation Plan