Earthquake Tips



Earthquake Tips

Protect yourself, your family, and your property in the event of an earthquake:

  • Check for hazards in the home.  Repair defective electrical wiring, leaky gas lines, and inflexible utility connections. Get appropriate professional help. Do not work with gas or electrical lines yourself.
  • Bolt down and secure to the wall studs your water heater, refrigerator, furnace, and gas appliances.
  • Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves. Fasten shelves, mirrors, and large picture frames to walls. Brace high and top-heavy objects.
  • Store bottled foods, glass, china, and other breakables on low shelves or in cabinets that fasten shut.
  • Anchor overhead lighting fixtures.
  • Be sure the residence is firmly anchored to its foundation.
  • Install flexible pipe fittings to avoid gas or water leaks. Flexible fittings are more resistant to breakage.
  • Locate safe spots in each room under a sturdy table or against an inside wall. Reinforce this information by moving to these places during each drill.
  • Identify safe places indoors and outdoors; such as under sturdy furniture, heavy desks or tables, or against a wall.
  • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures.
  • Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside.
  • Hold earthquake drills with your family members: Drop, cover, and hold on!
  • Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1, Ventura Police (non-emergency 650-8010), or Ventura City Fire (non-emergency 339-4300).
  • Teach all family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water.

After an Earthquake

  • Be prepared for aftershocks. These secondary shockwaves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures.
  • Open cabinets cautiously. Beware of objects that can fall off shelves.
  • Be aware of possible tsunamis. These are also known as seismic sea waves (mistakenly called "tidal waves"). When local authorities issue a tsunami warning, assume that a series of dangerous waves is on the way. Stay away from the beach.

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