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You never know when the next earthquake might strike—are you prepared? A few simple steps can make a big difference. Your family should practice the steps ahead of time so they know how to be safe during an earthquake.
Here are some helpful tips to help you survive the Big One (or just the next one!)
Preparing for an Earthquake
- Locate the shutoff valves for water, gas and electricity in your home. Learn how to shut off the valves before a quake. If you have any questions, call your utility company.
- Prepare an emergency earthquake kit with warm clothing, non-perishable food items and bottled water to last you and your family for at least 72 hours.
- Decide where and when to reunite with loved ones if you and your family are not together when an earthquake hits.
- Bolt down and secure to the wall studs your water heater, refrigerator, furnace and gas appliances, if recommended by your gas company.
- Have an automatic gas shutoff valve installed that is triggered by strong vibrations.
- Hold earthquake drills with your family members: Drop, cover and hold on! Locate safe spots in each room under a sturdy table or against an inside wall. Practice moving to these places during each drill.
- Keep extra cash on hand. If electricity is out, you will not be able to use an automatic banking machine.
- Make copies of vital records and take photos and/or videos of your valuables. Make copies and keep them in a safety deposit box, preferably in another city or state.
- Make sure you have enough earthquake insurance to cover your property and personal belongings.
During an Earthquake
- Remain inside of your home and seek shelter under a heavy table or desk, or brace yourself inside a door frame or inside wall.
- Stay at least 15 feet away from windows and out of kitchens and garages, if possible.
- Stay under the structure that is protecting you. If the shaking causes the table or desk to move, then you should move with it so you remain protected.
- Do not panic, and anticipate what you should do next to remain safe. Also, do not be alarmed if your electricity goes out.
Call ERM to learn more about Earthquake Insurance (949) 222-0444.