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need to be prepared for an earthquake as much as adults, if
infants and toddlers, special emphasis should be placed
on making their environment as safe as possible
should be placed away from windows and tall, unsecured
bookcases and shelves that could slide or topple.
minimum of a 72-hour supply of extra water, formula, bottles,
food, juices, clothing, disposable diapers, baby wipes
and prescribed medications should be stored where it is
most likely to be accessible after an earthquake. Also
keep an extra diaper bag with these items in your car.
strollers, wagons, blankets and cribs with appropriate
wheels to evacuate infants, if necessary.
bumper pads in cribs or bassinettes to protect babies during
latches on all cupboards (not just those young children
can reach) so that nothing can fall on your baby during
and School-age Children
age three or so, children can understand what an earthquake
is and how to get ready for one. Take the time to explain
what causes earthquakes in terms they'll understand.
Include your children in family discussions and planning
for earthquake safety. Conduct drills and review safety
procedures every six months
children the safest places to be in each room when an earthquake
hits. Also show them all possible exits from each room.
sturdy tables to teach children to Duck, Cover & Hold.
children what to do wherever they are during an earthquake
(at school, in a tall building, outdoors).
sure children's emergency cards at school are up-to-date.
Although children should not turn off any utility valves,
it's important that they know what gas smells like. Advise
children to tell an adult if they smell gas after an earthquake.
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