When an earthquake or other disaster strikes. . . Be Prepared!
Smart Californians know that a quake can happen anytime. Be sure to have these items ready and accessible...
- Portable radio and extra batteries
Flashlights and extra batteries
- Shoes - available under bed and in car
First aid kit
- Water for each family member: One gallon per person per day with enough for at least three days
- Food and water for petsNon-perishable food items, such as canned food, granola bars, MREs, etc.
- Manual can opener
- Required medications and eyeglasses
- Other means of cooking, such as camp stove
Emergency disinfection for drinking water
- Blankets, warm clothes, shoes, gloves,
protective goggles, hard hat
- Useful tools – sledge hammer, crow bar, saw, duct tape, rope, adjustable wrench
- A car charger for your cell phone
- The safest places in your home are away from heavy objects, appliances, windows, pictures, mirrors. During a quake, stay away from the kitchen!
- Know the locations of gas, water and electrical shut-offs and know how to use them.
- Set a location where family members will reunite. Remember, you may have to remain at work or school for a few days.
- Have a central person of contact, preferably one who resides outside California.
- Know the locations of the nearest police, fire stations and medical centers.
Following a Quake...
- Put on shoes before moving around to prevent cuts from broken glass and debris.
- Check others for injuries.
- Inspect for fire or fire hazards.
- Check for:
- Water heater
- Water leaks (shut off at meter or at main house valve if any doubt).
- Gas leaks (shut off main if in doubt).
- Electrical damage (shut off service if in doubt).
- Be extremely careful in and around kitchen, where broken glass, heavy appliances and spilled cleaning supplies can pose extra hazards. Use work gloves to protect your hands.
- If you have a house phone, make sure the handset is in its cradle.
- Locate your food and water supplies.
- Be sure your pets are secure.
- Listen to the radio for emergency instructions and information.
- Eat or drink anything from open containers.
- Use lighters or candles for lighting – gas leaks or aftershocks could cause a fire.