Earthquake Preparedness Checklist
Are you prepared for an earthquake?
If you live in an earthquake-prone region, take charge. Make sure you’re prepared for the next earthquake. Read on to check out our recommendations for staying safe after an earthquake.
What Should I Keep in My Earthquake Safety Kit?
If you live in an earthquake-prone region, it’s important to be prepared. There is no earthquake season and they strike without warning. Keep these items close and on-hand. They’ll come in handy in the event of a destructive earthquake.
- Protective clothing like sturdy gloves, shoes and outerwear
- An up-to-date first aid kit
- A battery-operated or wind-up radio
- A battery-operated or wind-up flashlight
- Extra batteries
- Bottled water – three gallons per person
- Canned or otherwise preserved food items
- Breathing masks to keep airborne particles out of your lungs
- Prescription medications for you and your family members
This list is just a starting point. If you live with elderly family members, the very young or individuals with disabilities, this list will vary.
Other Earthquake Safety Precautions
After you’ve built your earthquake safety kit, continue to prepare your family or employees by:
- Secure furniture
Secure tall furniture and appliances, like bookshelves and water heaters, to the wall of your home using L-brackets screwed into wall studs.
- Locating and inspecting your fire extinguisher
Fires are a common occurrence after an earthquake. Locate, inspect and potentially replace your fire extinguisher. Make sure everyone at your home or business knows where the extinguisher is and how to use it.
- Install safety latches on cabinet doors.
Keep the contents of your cabinets or pantry inside their space by installing safety latches, those used to child-proof kitchens work well for this purpose.
- Arrange bedrooms to keep beds on interior walls.
Moving beds away from doors and windows and next to interior walls will help prevent broken glass or swinging doors from injuring individuals if a damaging earthquake strikes at night.
- Have your home’s foundation inspected.
Older homes, especially those constructed before modern day earthquake building codes, should be inspected and updated to meet modern safety codes.
- Review our “What to Do After an Earthquake” checklist with your family or coworkers.
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Looking for more information about staying safe after an earthquake? Contact local emergency officials to learn about regional preparedness and check out this earthquake safety information from the American Red Cross.