Be Prepared for an Earthquake
Before an Earthquake
We never know when an earthquake may strike, it is important to be prepared:
- Install earthquake shut-off valves.
- Perform a walk-though to identify items that could fall when shaken.
- Secure items to prevent them falling.
- Find good places to “duck, cover and hold” and practice it.
- Identify escape routes and meeting places outside your home for family members.
After an Earthquake
In the event of an earthquake, follow these tips to keep you and others safe:
- Restrict telephone use except for family emergency needs or to report unsafe or dangerous conditions.
- Dial 911 only if you have a life-threatening emergency.
- Avoid making unnecessary trips. If you must go, dress in warm, loose layers with sturdy shoes and let others know where you are going.
- Do not touch any downed power lines or broken gas lines and immediately report them to us, the police or the fire department.
- Do not use flames. Use flashlights, not lanterns, matches or candles.
- Boil or purify drinking water.