The only way to be ready for the unexpected is to prepare ahead of time. That’s why it’s important to have an Earthquake Action Plan in place for you, your family, and your business. It’s especially important if you live in earthquake zones like California, Oregon, and Washington.
- Talk to your friends and family, and decide on a place to meet if you’re separated after an earthquake.
- Make an emergency communication plan in case cell towers or phone lines are down. You can also ask a relative or friend outside your area to be your contact.
- Locate a safe place in every room of your home, and discuss with your family the safest places to be during an earthquake. Remember, if you’re:
- Inside, get under something heavy like a sturdy table or against an inside wall and cover your head.
- Outside, stay away from buildings and get out into the open.
- In your car, stop and stay in your seat. If you’re stopped near a building or under an overpass, try to safely move away from them.