Infographic: Be Ready! Earthquakes

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Be Ready! Earthquakes

  • Check your chimney and roof and repair loose tiles and bricks.
  • Anchor items into the wall studs.
  • Secure bookcases and shelves.
  • Place heavy or large objects on lower shelves.
  • DROP to your hands and knees, COVER your head and neck, and HOLD ON to your shelter until shaking stops.
  • Know how to turn off your gas, electricity, and water.
  • Include important documents in your emergency kit.
  • Attach a valve wrench and label to your water line.
  • Secure water heater with a wide metal strap around the top attached to wall studs.
  • Stop quickly and safely, set the parking brake, and stay in the car until the shaking stops.
  • Stay away from utility poles, overhead wires, and under/overpasses.
  • Get down low and stay there until the shaking stops.
  • If you are outside, stay outside and move away from buildings, utility wires, sinkholes, and fuel and gas lines.
Page last reviewed: November 21, 2016