Earthquake Safety(Provided by the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter)
Earthquakes can strike at any time and without warning. Many of the services you count on every day such as electricity, gas, water, communications and transportation could be unavailable.
The following information is provided to help keep you and your loved ones safe should an earthquake hit your area:
Make a Plan
Planning ahead is the first step to ensure your household is prepared for an earthquake.
- Develop a Communication Plan: It’s often easier to make a long-distance call after a disaster, so identify an out-of area contact who will serve as a central connection point. Have everyone report their status to this contact who will pass the information along to others. Let your out-of-area contact know your communication plan. For a smaller event, make sure to have a local emergency contact on hand.
- Decide Where to Meet After a Disaster: Choose a place near home in case of sudden emergency. Choose a second place outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home. Also know the evacuation sites at work, school or day care.
- Pick Safe Places in Each Room: A safe place could be under a piece of sturdy furniture or against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases or tall furniture that could fall on you.
- Determine Escape Routes: Find two ways out of each room in your home and know your neighborhood evacuation routes.
- Plan for Your Pets: With the exception of service animals, pets are not allowed in disaster shelters, so prepare a list of family members, friends, boarding facilities, veterinarians and pet-friendly hotels to shelter your pets in an emergency. See Plan for Pets for more information.
- Personalize Your Plan: If you have special needs, make sure to arrange for a network of neighbors, friends or relatives to check on you in the event of an emergency.
|Get a Kit: Store enough supplies for everyone in your household for at least three days. Include any necessary items for pets,|
children, seniors and people with disabilities. Prepare kits for your home, workplace and car.
Non-perishable Food: Pack items such as energy bars, canned soup or peanut butter.
Learn how to protect yourself and others before, during and after a power outage.