The holidays always bring family and friends together making it a perfect time to remind your loved ones of your earthquake plan. Share your meeting points, create a phone tree, check supply levels, and ensure your home is ready for the big one by securing items on shelves and walls. No one knows when the next big earthquake will be, so take the time to review these simple steps with your family and friends.
PREPARE YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY TO:
- React Safely
Learn what to do during an earthquake. Hold periodic family drills to practice what you have learned. Through practice, you can condition yourselves to react spontaneously and safely when the first jolt or shaking is felt.
- Take Cover
In each room of your home, identify the safest places to “drop, cover, and hold on” during an earthquake. Practice going to these safe spots during family drills to ensure that everyone learns where they are.
- Survive on Your Own
Assemble and maintain a household emergency supply kit, and be sure that all family members know where it is stored. The kit should consist of one or two portable containers (e.g., plastic tubs, backpacks, duffel bags) holding the supplies that your family would need to survive without outside assistance for at least 3 days following an earthquake or other disaster. Make additional, smaller kits to keep in your car(s) and at your place(s) of work.
- Stay in Contact
List addresses, telephone numbers, and evacuation sites for all places frequented by family members (e.g., home, workplaces, schools). Include the phone number of an out-of-state contact. Ensure that family members carry a copy of this list, and include copies in your emergency supply kits.
- Care for People, Pets, and Property
Get training in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) through your local chapter of the American Red Cross. Find out where you could shelter your pet should it become necessary to evacuate your home. Ensure that family members know how and when to call 9-1-1, how to use your home fire extinguisher, and how, where, and when to shut off your home’s utilities (water, natural gas, and electricity). Ask your state insurance commissioner about the availability of earthquake insurance in your state.
For more info on earthquake preparedness go to www.fema.gov/earthquake/earthquake-safety-home
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