WHAT TO DO BEFORE AN EARTHQUAKE
In this section you can learn about how to prepare for earthquakes. Find out which earthquake kit and supplies you need along with other important earthquake preparedness steps to take before an earthquake.
- Buy an earthquake kit designed by emergency preparedness experts to contain all the reliable supplies you need to prepare for an earthquake. Check out our Earthquake Kit and Supply Checklists for the home, car, school, and office.
- Some people have special needs such as prescriptions and other items that you may need to add to your kit.
- Periodically, you may have to replace certain earthquake supplies. But thanks to our ER™ Easy Replacement Kits, we've made this process both cost and time efficient for you.
- Make an earthquake preparedness plan that includes evacuation and reunion plans; your out-of-state contact person's name and number; the location of your emergency supplies and other pertinent information.
- Have a risk-reduction expert eliminate hazards throughout your home, workplace, and school. This service has proven to greatly reduce your risk of injury or death following the next earthquake or other disaster.
WHAT TO DO DURING AN EARTHQUAKE
Learn what to do during an earthquake, whether you're at home, at work, at school or just out and about. There are specific actions that earthquake preparedness experts suggest such as to "Drop, Cover, and Hold On". This simple action has been known to save lives and reduce your risk of death or injury. During earthquakes, drop to the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk or table, and hold on to it firmly. Be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops. More
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE
If you have been fortunate to survive a catastrophic earthquake, you still won't be out of the clear yet. The days after an earthquake can be just as dangerous as the seismic event itself. Learn what you can do to survive after an earthquake.
- One of the first things you should do following a major disaster is to check for injuries and damages that need immediate attention. Make sure you are trained in first aid and in damage assessment techniques. You should be able to administer first aid and to identify hazards such as damaged gas, water, sewage and electrical lines. Use your emergency gas wrench to turn off the gas if you smell a gas leak.
- Following a major disaster, communication will be an important step in your recovery efforts. Turn on your solar and hand-crank powered emergency radio for information and safety advisories. If your home is damaged, contact your insurance agent right away to begin your claims process.