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Project Impact Earthquake Safety Tips

Before the Earthquake:

  • Find out earthquake history of area.
  • Conduct earthquake drill.
  • Be prepared for aftershocks; possible tsunami (coastal areas).
  • Place large, heavy, breakable objects on lower shelves.
  • Put latches on cabinets.
  • Fasten shelves, water heaters, large appliances to wall studs.
  • Anchor overhead lighting fixtures.
  • Repair poor electrical/ plumbing connections; large cracks in plaster.
  • Install bracing system for mobile homes, awnings.
  • Move beds from windows; do not hang pictures, mirrors over beds.
  • Keep flashlight, shoes by beds.

During the Earthquake:

  • Drop, cover and hold on: crouch in safe place (under sturdy table or kneel next to interior wall); cover head until quake stops.
  • Inside: stay inside; outside, stay outside.
  • Move away from buildings, street lights, utility wires.
  • Crowded place: do not rush for doorway, take cover.
  • High-rise building: stay on same floor, do not use elevator; be prepared for alarm/ sprinkler systems to activate.
  • Driving: do not stop vehicle under bridges, overpasses, overhead power lines; pull over as soon as possible; stay in vehicle.
  • Beware of hanging plant, wall hangings, falling furniture.
  • Be prepared for aftershocks.
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