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How can I plan ahead for an earthquake?

Updated: Aug 23, 2011 03:20 PM EDT
A search-and-rescue team during the 1989 Loma Prieta, California Earthquake. (©K. Nakata, U.S. Geological Survey) A search-and-rescue team during the 1989 Loma Prieta, California Earthquake. (©K. Nakata, U.S. Geological Survey)


Provided by Earthquake.usgs.gov

In order to prepare for an earthquake (EQ), the United States Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program recommends the following actions:

1) Make sure each member of your family knows what to do no matter where they are when EQs occur:

  • Establish a meeting place where you can all reunite afterward

  • Find out about EQ plans developed by children's school or day care

  • Remember transportation may be disrupted, keep some emergency supplies -- food, liquids, and comfortable shoes, for example -- at work

2) KNOW where your gas, electric and water main shutoffs are and how to turn them off if there is a leak or electrical short. Make sure older members of the family can shut off utilities

3) LOCATE your nearest fire and police stations and emergency medical facility

4) TALK to your neighbors -- how could they help you, or you them after an EQ

5) TAKE Red Cross First Aid and CPR Training Course.

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