Did you know that surviving an
earthquake isn't just luck? You
can survive an earthquake and
minimize its damage simply by becoming
aware of potential hazards
and taking some basic earthquake
The fact is that movement of the
ground is seldom the actual cause
of death and injury. Most casualties
result from partial building collapse
or falling objects and debris.
Develop a family earthquake plan
Get everyone involved and be
Since earthquakes strike without
warning, it is important to act now.
The longer you wait, the greater
the risk. The experts know that
damaging earthqakes are coming,
but they don't know when, so it's
smart to assume that it's sooner
rather than later. At least then,
you'll be prepared.
Follow these guidelines and you
will rest easier knowing that you
know what to do (and what not to
do) before, during and after an
Before a Quake
Develop a family earthquake plan.
Prepare yourself, your family and
your home by completing the activities
on this checklist.
• Decide how and where your
family will reunite if separated.
• Choose an out-of-state friend
or relative that separated family
members can call after the
quake to report their
whereabouts and condition.
• Know the safe spots in each
room -- under sturdy tables,
desks or against inside walls.
• Know the danger spots -- windows,
mirrors, hanging objects,
fireplaces and tall, unsecured
• Conduct practice drills. Physically
place yourself in safe
• Learn first aid and CPR (cardiopulmonary
from your local Red Cross
chapter or other community
When is the right time to start
preparing? RIGHT NOW!
Earthquakes can strike at any time.
• Keep a list of emergency
phone numbers nearby.
• Learn how to shut off gas,
water and electricity in case
the lines are damaged.
(Safety note: Do not attempt
to relight gas pilot. Call the
Know the danger spots during a
quake: near windows, hanging objects
or tall, unsecured furniture.
• Check chimneys, roofs, walls
and foundations for stability.
Make sure your house is
bolted to its foundation.
• Secure water heater and appliances
that could move
enough to rupture utility lines.
• Keep breakables and heavy
objects on bottom shelves.
• Secure heavy tall furniture
that can topple, such as bookcases,
china cabinets or wall
• Secure hanging plants and
heavy picture frames or mirrors
(especially over beds).
• Put latches on cabinet doors
to keep them closed during
• Keep flammable or hazardous
liquids such as paints, pest
sprays or cleaning products
in cabinets or secured on
• Maintain emergency food,
water and other supplies, including
a flashlight, a portable
battery-operated radio, extra
batteries, medicines, first aid
kit and clothing.
During a Quake
• If indoors, stay there. Get
under a desk or table or stand
in a corner.
• If outdoors, get into an open
area away from trees, buildings,
walls and power lines.
• If in a highrise building, stay
away from windows and outside
walls. Get under a table.
Do not use elevators.
• If driving, pull over to the side
of the road and stop. Avoid
overpasses and power lines.
Stay inside until the shaking is
Maintain emergency food, water
and other supplies. It is also a good
idea to have a quake kit for your car.
• If in a crowded public place,
do not rush for the doors.
Move away from display shelves
containing objects that
After a Quake
• Check for injuries. Apply first
aid. Do not move seriously injured
individuals unless they
are in immediate danger.
Assist others by knowing and applying
first aid and CPR. But, avoid
moving the seriously injured unless
they are in immediate danger. Wait
for help to arrive.
• Do not use the telephone immediately
unless there is a
serious injury or fire.
Hunt for hazards
• Check for gas and water
leaks, broken electrical wiring
or sewage lines. If there is
damage, turn utility off at the
• Check building for cracks and
damage, including roof, chimneys
• Check food and water supplies.
Emergency water may
be obtained from water
heaters, melted ice cubes,
toilet tanks and canned
• Turn on your portable radio
for instructions and news
reports. Cooperate fully with
public safety officials.
• Do not use your vehicle unless
there is an emergency.
Keep the streets clear for
• Be prepared for aftershocks.
• Stay calm and lend a hand to
For More Information on
Here are some of the agencies
concerned with Earthquake
Preparedness and Earthquake
Relief. You can also contact your
local Office of Emergency Services
or the American Red Cross.
The Governor's Office of Emergency
Sacramento, CA 95832
Southern California Earthquake
Preparedness Project (SCEPP)
600 South Commonwealth Avenue
Los Angeles, CA90005
Bay Area Regional Earthquake
Preparedness Project (BAREPP)
101 - 8th Street, Suite 152
Oakland, CA 94607
As an additional public service, ARMGUARD Security sells earthquake
preparedness kits. For more information
or to order your 1-person,
3-day survival kit, call your local
Armguard branch office (listed on
the back cover).
Don't wait! Be prepared!