Earthquakes are by nature unpredictable. But even if we can't know exactly when an earthquake may happen, there are some simple ways to be prepared and stay safe. Here are some earthquake safety and preparedness tips from Ready.gov:
Prepare an Emergency Kit
One of the most effective ways to be ready for any natural disaster is to prepare an emergency kit in advance. Ready.gov suggests creating a kit containing items like essential first aid supplies, flashlights, food and water, and essential documents including insurance and banking information and IDs like passports and licenses. Click here to see Ready.gov's full set of suggestions for creating an emergency kit.
Create a Family Communication Plan
It's possible that your family may not be together when an earthquake happens, and Ready.gov recommends putting a family communication plan in place so that you'll know how to get in touch. Create simple contact cards for each member of your family with information on how to contact them at home, work, school, or on a cell phone. Ready.gov also recommends using text messages, as text messages can often get through when cell phone service is disrupted.
Stay Safe During and After an Earthquake
During an earthquake, there are some simple steps you can take to stay safe. If you're indoors, be sure to stay away from glass, windows, doors, and anything that could fall or break. Ready.gov recommends seeking cover beneath a table or desk or crouching in a corner while covering your face and head with your arms. If you're outdoors, move away from buildings, street lamps, and wires. If you're driving, stop the car until the earthquake is over. After an earthquake, remain safe by avoiding damaged areas, downed power lines, and other debris.