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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