Prepare for an earthquake
Education and elimination of hazards throughout your home or business reduces
the risk of injury or death following 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
• 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.