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Prepare for an earthquake

Securing possible hazards

Education and elimination of hazards throughout your home or business reduces the risk of injury or death Earthquake Drillsfollowing an earthquake. Conducting a hunt for these hazards to identify and fix such items as unsecured televisions, heavy furniture, and unsecured water heaters will protect you proactively.

Develop a plan of action

Planning in advance of a possible earthquake is the same as planning any event, such as a vacation. Emergency planning includes the evacuation and reunion detail, contains your out-of-state contact's name and phone numbers, states the location of your emergency supplies, and other pertinent information.

Helping children cope with an earthquake

• Children will experience a range of emotions and may want to talk about the experience over and over again.

• One of the safest places to be during an earthquake or aftershock is in a school building.
• If you are at school when an earthquake happens remember that teachers are experts in what to do in case of an emergency.
• For many people, this mental activity reduces stress during and immediately following the shaking.
• Aftershocks are to be expected. Though aftershocks may be severe, they are not expected to be as strong as the original earthquake.
• Immediately following an earthquake or aftershocks, hugs can really help us feel safe again.
• Everyone will need opportunities to talk and listen to others. Parents, teachers, and friends, will want to hear about your feelings.
• Don't be afraid to ask questions and to talk about your feelings-your friends are probably feeling the same things you are.
• Get plenty of sleep and eat nutritious food.
• Bring a stuffed animal to school to be an "earthquake buddy."
• Remember that no matter how big an earthquake is your family or community will take care of you.