Earthquake Country Alliance emergency experts advise us to Get Prepared Before the Next Earthquake!
Getting prepared now will bring you peace of mind knowing that you have an emergency plan, and that your loved ones have earthquake survival supplies in place. An added bonus of making sure your earthquake kit is complete now – and updated – is that you will be putting your gear together while emergency supplies are readily available. After a quake, even if it is a moderate earthquake where area roads are not damaged, survival supplies are depleted quickly and there is often a delay in obtaining safety equipment and emergency products.
Before the next big earthquake we recommend these four steps that will make you, your family, and 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 a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency.
Organize disaster supplies in convenient locations. Be sure to have an earthquake kit in your home, car and workplace – with enough survival supplies for every family member, including pets
Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance.
SURVIVE AND RECOVER!
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 when the earth shakes.
Improve safety after the earthquake 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
Restore daily life by reconnecting with others, repairing damage, and rebuilding your community.