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Before an earthquake occurs

Personal Preparedness Actions

  1. Check for potential fire risks. Defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections are very dangerous in the event of an earthquake. Bolt down or provide other strong support for water heaters and gas appliances. Use flexible connections wherever possible.
  2. Know where and how to shut off electricity, gas and water at main switches and valves. Check with your local utilities office for instructions.
  3. Be sure you have a flashlight and a battery powered radio on hand in case power is cut off.
  4. Place large and heavy objects on lower shelves. Securely fasten shelves to walls. Brace or anchor high or top heavy objects.
  5. Bottled goods, glass, china and other breakables should likewise not be stored in high places of left where they can freely slide on shelves.
  6. Overhead lighting fixtures such as chandeliers should be made fast. A little wiring or anchoring will usually take care of these risks.
  7. Deep plaster cracks should be investigated. Such cracks, especially on ceilings, could result in large pieces of heavy plaster falling and causing injury.