Earthquake

BEFORE

Learn about your area's seismic building standards before beginning new construction.

Know where and how to shut off utilities.

Bolt and brace large furniture, water heaters, gas appliances and heavy equipment to wall studs or floors.

DURING

Take shelter under furniture or other sound structure away from windows until earthquake ceases.

AFTER

Expect and prepare for aftershocks, landslides or a tsunami.

Carefully evacuate after shaking has stopped, avoiding hazardous obstacles and power sources; use stairs rather than elevators.

Extinguish small fires as these are common after an earthquake

Shut off utilities.

Do not re-enter building until a professional has inspected damage and confirmed it is safe to do so.

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