Earthquake preparedness is not only a precaution but a necessity for those who live in Los Angeles. Whether you are already aware or not, it’s always a good idea to be prepared by planning ahead. The Earthquake Country Alliance recommends seven steps to earthquake safety which are easy to follow. Here are the step-by-step instructions for staying safe before, during and after an earthquake:
Before the next big earthquake, follow these four steps to help you, your family, or your workplace better prepared to survive and recover quickly:
Step 1: Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items. Click here for detailed instructions on how to secure these items.
Step 2: Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency. Click here for instructions on how to make a disaster plan.
Step 3: Organize disaster supplies in convenient locations. Click here for a list of recommended items for your household disaster supplies kit.
Step 4: Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance. Click here for a list of important documents to add to your “Grab and Go” bag in case of emergencies.
During the next big earthquake, and immediately after, is when your level of preparedness will make a difference in how you and others survive and can respond to emergencies:
Step 5: Drop, Cover, and Hold On when the earth shakes. Taking the proper actions, such as “Drop, Cover, and Hold On,” can save lives and reduce the risk of injury, click here to learn more.
Step 6: Improve safety after earthquakes by evacuating if necessary, helping the injured, and preventing further injuries or damage. It is important take action quickly and safely the moment the ground stops shaking, click here for more detailed instructions on when to evacuate and what to do if you get trapped.
After the immediate threat of the earthquake has passed, your level of preparedness will determine your quality of life in the weeks and months that follow:
Step 7: Reconnect and Restore. Restore daily life by reconnecting with others, repairing damage, and rebuilding community. Click here for more information on what to do days and weeks after an earthquake.
Click here for the Staying Safe Where The Earth Shakes booklet developed by the Earthquake Country Alliance, California Earthquake Authority, and California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. For more up-to-date earthquake information considering signing up for Earthquake Notification Service (ENS) from the USGS website, available here. And if you would like to learn more about what items to include in your Emergency Food Supplies kit, here is the link to an information pamphlet created by FEMA and the American Red Cross. Be safe and have a great summer everyone!