Are You Prepared for Earthquakes?

Are You Prepared for Earthquakes?

When it comes to being prepared for the unexpected, do you know how to protect yourself in an earthquake? You can keep these tips from ready.gov   in mind to stay safe and protected.    

Here are some tips about what you should do when an earthquake begins:

If You Are Outdoors

Move to a clear area if you can safely do so. Avoid power lines, trees, signs, buildings, vehicles and other potential hazards. 

If You Are Driving

Pull over to the side of the road, stop and set the parking brake. Avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, signs and other things that could fall on your car. Stay inside your car until the shaking is over. If a power line falls on your car, stay inside until a trained person removes the wire.

If You Are in a Building

  • DROP to the ground
  • TAKE COVER under a sturdy desk or table
  • HOLD ON until the shaking stops

Remember, earthquakes can wreak a lot of damage over a broad area. The two best ways to prepare are to have an emergency plan and assemble an emergency supply kit When you prepare ahead, responding to any emergency, including earthquakes, can become second nature. Be sure to share your emergency plan with your friends and family so that they can reach you in an emergency. 

Originally published October 11, 2016

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