Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness Tips
- Eliminate hazards. Make it as easy as possible to quickly get under a sturdy table or desk for protection.
- Anchor special equipment such as telephones and life support systems. Fasten tanks of gas, such as oxygen, to
Keep a list of medications, allergies, special equipment, names and numbers of doctors, pharmacists and family
memebers. Make sure you have this list with you at all times.
Prepare to be self-sufficient for at least three days.
Keep an extra pair of eyeglasses and medications with emergency supplies.
Keep walking aids near you at all times. Have extra walking aids in different rooms of the house.
Put a security light in each room. These lights plug into any outlet and light up automatically if there is a loss of
electricity. They continue operating autonomatically for four to six hours, and they can be turned off by hand in an emergency.
Make sure you have a whistle to signal for help.
Keep extra batteries for hearing aids with your emergency supplies. Remember to replace them annually.
Keep extra emergency supplies at your bedside.
Find two people you trust who will check on you after a disaster. Tell them your special needs.
During an emergency you will want to have key supplies on hand. Take a look at this list as you plan for an emergency.
During and After an Earthquake or Disaster
- If you are in bed or sitting down during an earthquake, do not get up.
- If you are standing during an earthquake, duck and cover or sit down. You could be thrown to the floor if you are
Turn on your portable radio for instructions and news reports. For your own safety, cooperate fully with publicsafety officials and instruction.
- Prepare for aftershocks if there is an earthquake.
- If you evacuate, leave a message at your home telling family embers and others where you can be found.