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Prepare for an earthquake

Before an Earthquake strikes:

Prepare a disaster supply kit - at home, at work, and for your car; Secure bookcases, file cabinets, pictures, mirrors, etc. to walls. Include hot water heaters and other appliances, which could move and rupture gas or electrical lines; Know where to locate switches and how to turn off home gas, electricity and water; if needed, keep the correct size wrench near the shutoff;

Develop a family plan for disasters; Practice earthquake safety drills; Be able to take care of yourself and your family for 5 to 7 days after a disaster, before emergency services may be able to reach you; Know basic first aid; Know emergency phone numbers; Know how to open and close an automatic garage door manually. 

During an Earthquake

Stay calm and stay where you are; if inside, stay inside; if outside, stay outside;If inside: DROP - COVER – HOLD ON!  Take cover under a heavy desk or against an inside wall away from glass and falling objects. If outside: Safely move to a clear area, away from buildings, over passes, signs, utility lines and trees. Sit on the ground; do not stand up. On the road: Drive away from underpasses and overpasses. Stop in a safe area. Stay in your vehicle. 

After an Earthquake

Be prepared for aftershocks Listen to the radio for public safety instructions; tune into KFQD 750 AM Check for injuries and provide first aid Check for safety hazards: gas or water leaks, sewage breaks, downed power lines, etc. Check for any building damage & evacuate if dangerous. Properly clean-up spilled medicines, bleaches and other hazardous materials Phone lines should be kept as clear as possible for true emergency situations

This is a great article from the Municipality of Anchorage. For the full article click here


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