In those areas where damaging earthquakes can be expected,
support building codes and practices with up-to-date seismic provisions,
plus strict inspection and firm enforcement. (Modern engineering
can provide structures which resist earthquake damage many times
better than older practices. If no such regulations or code provisions
exist in your community, you should support their enactment.)
Support land-use practices that discourage development in areas
near faults and prone to landslides or soil failure.
Support school, hospital, and other vital facility building programs
which provide for the strengthening of weak buildings or their
replacement with earthquake-resistant structures on ground reasonable
safe from failure during a strong earthquake.
Support community efforts to replace or upgrade weak buildings
and to insure that loose objects on building exteriors (for example,
cornices) are either removed or securely fastened.
Organize and support programs to prepare for future earthquakes
(Schools and civic organizations could provide a very beneficial
community service by holding earthquake drills and training sessions
to prepare citizens to react properly when earthquakes occur.)