More than a million
earthquakes rattle the world each year. The West Coast is most at risk of
having an earthquake, but earthquakes can happen in the Midwest and along the
East Coast. Always listen to the radio and television for the latest
information and instructions for your area.
- Have a disaster
- Choose a safe place in
every room. Its best to get under a sturdy piece of furniture like a
table or a desk where nothing can fall on you.
- Practice DROP, COVER AND
HOLD ON! Drop under something sturdy, hold on, and protect your eyes by
pressing your face against your arm.
- If you live in an
earthquake prone area, bolt tall furniture to the wall and install strong
latches to cupboards.
- Prepare a disaster
supplies kit for your home and car. Include a first aid kit, canned food and a
can opener, bottled water, battery-operated radio, flashlight, protective
clothing and written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas, and
- DROP, COVER AND HOLD
- Stay indoors until the
- Stay away from
- If youre in bed,
hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow.
- If youre outdoors,
find a clear spot away from buildings, trees and power lines. Then, drop to the
- If youre in a car,
slow down and drive to a safe place. Stay in the car until the shaking
AFTER THE SHAKING
- Check for
- Inspect your home for
- Eliminate fire hazards, so
turn off the gas if you think its leaking.
- Expect aftershocks. Each
time you feel one, DROP, COVER AND HOLD ON.