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.