Helpful Hints to Survive an Earthquake

4 basics to do during an earthquake

  1. STAY CALM
  2. Inside: Stand in a doorway, or crouch under a desk or table, away from windows or glass dividers.
  3. Outside: Stand away from buildings, trees, telephone and electric lines.
  4. On the road: Drive away from underpasses/overpasses; stop in safe area; stay in vehicle.

6 basics to do after an earthquake

  1. Check for injuries - provide first aid.
  2. Check for safety - check for gas, water, sewer breaks; check for downed electric lines and shorts; turn off appropriate utilities; check for building damage and potential safety problems during after shocks such as cracks around chimney and foundation.
  3. Clean up dangerous spills
  4. Wear shoes
  5. Turn on radio and listen for instructions from public safety agencies
  6. Don't use the telephone except for emergency use.

14 survival items to keep on hand

  1. Portable radio with extra batteries
  2. Flashlight with extra batteries
  3. First Aid Kit - including specific medicines needed for members of your household
  4. First Aid book.
  5. Fire extinguisher
  6. Adjustable wrench for turning off gas and water
  7. Smoke detector properly installed
  8. Portable fire escape ladder for homes/apartments with multiple floors
  9. Bottled water - sufficient for the number of members in your household
  10. Canned and dried foods sufficient for a week for each member of your household. Note: both water and food should be rotated into normal meals for household so as to keep freshness. Canned goods have a normal shelf-life of one year for maximum freshness.
  11. Non-electric can opener
  12. Portable stove such as butane or charcoal. Note: Use of such stoves should not take place until it is determined that there is no gas leak in the area. Charcoal should be burned only out of doors. Use of charcoal indoors will lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
  13. Matches
  14. Telephone numbers of police, fire, and doctor.

3 things you need to know

  1. How to turn off gas, water and electricity
  2. First Aid
  3. Plan for reuniting your family

The best survival is a prepared survival