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preparing for an earthquake, plan on having enough supplies
to get you and your family through at least the first 72 hours.
After a major earthquake, there's a good chance that traditional
emergency response teams will be too busy to take care of you
and your family. You need to prepare your home and neighborhood.
Stock up on at least a three-day supply of food, water, clothes, medical supplies
and other necessary equipment for everyone in your family. Make sure everyone
knows where to find them. (See the information sheet on emergency supplies in
where and when to reunite your family should you be apart when an earthquake
a person outside the immediate area to contact if family members are separated.
Long distance phone service will probably be restored sooner than local service.
Do not use the phone immediately after an earthquake.
the policies of the school or daycare center your children attend. Make plans
to have someone pick them up if you are unable to get to them.
you have a family member who does not speak English, prepare an emergency
card written in English indicating that person's identification, address
and any special needs such as medication or allergies. Tell that person to
keep the card with him/her at all times.
Earthquake Duck, Cover & Hold drills every six months with your family.
the safest place in each room because it will be difficult to move from one
room to another during a quake.
the shutoff valves for water, gas and electricity. Learn how to shut off
the valves before a quake. If you have any questions, call your utility company.
copies of vital records and keep them in a safe deposit box in another city
or state. Make sure your originals are stored safely.
a quake occurs, call your local Red Cross chapter and Office of Emergency
Services to find out about their plans for emergency shelters and temporary
medical centers in case of such a disaster.
all the possible ways to exit your house. Keep those areas clear.
the locations of the nearest fire and police stations.
photos and/or videos of your valuables. Make copies and keep them in another
city or state.
your babysitter and other household help in your plans.
an extra pair of eyeglasses and house and car keys on hand.
extra cash and change. If electricity is out, you will not be able to use
Tips Stay away from heavy furniture, appliances, large glass panes, shelves
holding objects, and large decorative masonry, brick or plaster such as fireplaces.
your hallway clear. It is usually one of the safest places to be during an
earthquake. Stay away from kitchens and garages, which tend to be the most
dangerous places because of the many items kept there.
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