Earthquake Preparedness Checklist

The Earthquake Preparedness Checklist is a comprehensive guide to help you prepare for an earthquake. It covers topics such as creating a family disaster plan, securing your home, stocking emergency supplies, and understanding risks. It also provides information on how to prepare your pets, create an emergency kit, and find out if your home is earthquake-proof. The checklist encourages you to take the necessary steps to ensure that you and your family are prepared for an earthquake and to mitigate the effects of its potentially devastating consequences.

  • Create an emergency plan and practice it with your family.
  • Secure all heavy furniture, appliances, and large items.
  • Install safety straps or brackets to secure your water heater, gas stove, and other large furniture and appliances.
  • Securely fasten any tall or top-heavy objects such as bookcases, china cabinets, and tall dressers to wall studs.
  • Install window latches and/or shutters on windows to prevent them from shattering.
  • Store tools and materials that can be used for repairs after an earthquake (e.g., plywood, nails, hammer).
  • Store an emergency supply kit that includes food, water, first aid supplies, and other necessary items.
  • Learn how to shut off gas and water valves in your home.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and check them regularly.
  • Secure heavy items on shelves, such as books and electronics.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in an easily accessible location.
  • Secure any hanging plants, pictures, or mirrors.
  • Reinforce walls, foundations, and roof systems of older buildings.
  • Prepare an emergency contact list with names and phone numbers of family and friends.
  • Consider purchasing earthquake insurance.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What should I do if I feel an earthquake?

    Drop, Cover, and Hold On! Move to a safe place, away from windows, and stay there until the shaking stops.

  • What supplies should I include in my earthquake preparedness kit?

    A basic earthquake preparedness kit should include water, food, first aid supplies, a flashlight, extra batteries, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, a whistle, and any necessary medications.

  • What should I do after an earthquake?

    Make sure you are in a safe area and check for injuries. Check for gas, water, and electrical leaks. Monitor the news for updates and safety instructions. Be prepared for aftershocks.