Earthquake Preparedness Tips
- Choose a safe place in every room in your house. A safe room might include a sturdy table or desk, or even against a wall where nothing can fall on you.
- Consult a professional to find out additional ways you can protect your home, such as bolting the house to its foundation and other structural mitigation techniques.
- Take a first aid and CPR class from the Fillmore Fire Department.
- Inform babysitters and caregivers of your plan.
- Bolt bookcases, large cabinets, and any other tall furniture capable of falling during an earthquake to the wall.
- Install strong latches on cupboards to prevent them from opening during and earthquake.
- Insure all home water heaters are secure by strapping them to the wall studs.
72-Hour Disaster Supply Kit
- Put together a disaster supply kit, including all items you may need to survive. To find out more information on what to put in a disaster supply kit, check out the 72-hour disaster survival kit.
During the Earthquake
- Drop, cover, and hold! Move only a few steps to a nearby safe place. Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you're sure it's safe to exit. Stay away from windows, swinging doors, and unsecured furniture.
- If you are outdoors, find a clear sport away from buildings, trees, and power lines. Drop to the ground.
- If you are in your car, slow down, and pull your vehicle to the side of the road in a safe location. Be sure to stay in the vehicle until the shaking stops.
After the Earthquake
- Ensure you and your family are free from injuries. Protect yourself from further injury by wearing long pants, and sturdy shoes.
- Check your house for any life-threatening hazards like gas leaks, electrical power lines down, etc. Following a magnitude 5.5 earthquake or greater, it is always a good idea to turn your natural gas off until your meter can be inspected by a professional.
- Listen to the radio or television for further instructions.
- Expect aftershocks for some time after the earthquake. Each time you feel a sizeable aftershock coming on, seek cover immediately.
- Avoid occupying telephone lines for non-emergent calls. Typically, phone lines are still in service following an earthquake but are too overloaded with calls to function.