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The Earthquake Country Alliance has worked with experts in earthquake science, preparedness, and mitigation to develop this step-by-step guide for staying safe before, during, and after an earthquake.
Start with the simple tips within each step and then build on your accomplishments. For example, in Step 1 you can move heavy, unsecured objects from top shelves onto lower ones. This will only take minutes to complete! A simple action in Step 4 is to call your agent to learn about earthquake insurance options. To practice how to be safe during earthquakes (Step 5) you can register to participate in Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills.
Before the next big earthquake we recommend these four steps that will make you, your family, or your workplace better prepared to survive and recover quickly:
Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items.
Plan to be safe by creating your emergency plan and deciding how you will communicate.
Organize emergency supplies in convenient locations.
Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance coverage.
During the next big earthquake, and immediately after, is when your level of preparedness will make a difference in how you and others survive and can respond to emergencies:
Drop, Cover, and Hold On or other recommended actions (if you feel shaking or get an alert).
Improve safety after earthquakes by evacuating if necessary, helping the injured, and preventing further injuries or damage.
After the immediate threat of the earthquake has passed, your level of preparedness will determine your quality of life in the weeks and months that follow:
Reconnect and Restore daily life by reuniting with others, repairing damage, and rebuilding community.