Earthquake preparedness within your home includes fastening large appliances such as tall shelves and china hutches to walls. Make sure that shelves above beds do not have any heavy items on them that can fall on you during an earthquake. Hot water heaters should have an earthquake strap around them and secured to the wall.
Have an Earthquake Survival Kit which contains food and water, an emergency flashlight and portable radio, first aid kit, waterproof matches, emergency blankets, extra cash and any essential medicines.
Talk ahead of time with your family about safe places to go during an earthquake. These include under a strong, sturdy desk or table, against an inside wall or out in the wide open. Stay away from electrical or telephone wires, under overpasses and away from glasses that can shatter such as windows, glass doors, mirrors, pictures, etc.
Teach your children how to call 911 in case of an emergency and you are not able to call.
Listen to local news on your radio for emergency instructions.
If there has been a substantial earthquake you should know how to turn off your gas. Have a Gas Shutoff Tool available.
If your family is not together during an earthquake have an alternate, long distance, phone number of a relative for each of you to contact. Many times it easier to call a long distance number versus a local number after an earthquake.
For current earthquake information or additional information on how you can prepare for an earthquake please visit: USGS, U.S. Geological Survey