2009 Hazard Mitigation Plan
What to do to prepare for an earthquake
- Pick safe places in your home where you could drop, cover and hold during an earthquake. Safe places could be under a sturdy table, desk or against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases, or tall furniture that could fall on you. Remember to do the same at work.
- Practice drop, cover and hold. If you physically practice you’ll have a better chance of remembering what to do during a real earthquake.
- Have a fire extinguisher available and know when and how to use it. Minimum recommended size: 2A:10BC.
- Seismically safeguard your home. This could include securing items such as appliances, water heater, book cases, framed pictures, televisions and computers; installing cabinet latches, and securing valuable/sentimental breakable items to shelves with putty.
- If your home was built before 1977, check to see if the frame is bolted to the foundation.
- Prepare for the possibility of tsunamis, power outages and landslides.
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