Earthquake Supplies Kit and Emergency Preparedness (cont.)
Earthquake evacuation plans
If an earthquake occurs, you may
need to evacuate a damaged area afterward. By planning and practicing for
evacuation, you will be better prepared to respond appropriately and efficiently
to signs of danger or to directions by civil authorities.
- Take a few minutes with your family to discuss a home evacuation plan.
Sketch a floor plan of your home; walk through each room and discuss evacuation
- Plan a second way to exit from each room or area, if possible. If you need
special equipment, such as a rope ladder, mark where it is located.
- Mark where your emergency food, water, first aid kits, and fire extinguishers are located.
- Mark where the utility switches or valves are located so that they can be
turned off, if possible.
- Indicate the location of your family's emergency outdoor meeting place.
How to establish
priorities and personal documentation paperwork
Take time before an earthquake strikes to write an emergency priority list,
- important items to be hand-carried by you
- other items, in order of importance to you and your family
- items to be removed by car or truck if one is available
- things to do if time permits, such as locking doors and windows, turning
off the utilities, etc.
Write Down Important Information
Make a list of important information and put it in a secure location. Include
on your list:
- important telephone numbers, such as police, fire, paramedics, and medical
- the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of your insurance agents,
including policy types and numbers
- the telephone numbers of the electric, gas, and water companies
- the names and telephone numbers of neighbors
- the name and telephone number of your landlord or property manager
- important medical information, such as
allergies, regular medications, etc.
- the vehicle identification number, year, model, and license number of your
automobile, boat, RV, etc.
- your bank's or credit union's telephone number, account types, and numbers
- radio and television broadcast stations to tune to for emergency broadcast
Gather and Store Important Documents in a Fire-Proof Safe
- Birth certificates
- Ownership certificates (automobiles, boats, etc.)
- Social Security cards
- Insurance policies
- Household inventory, including:
- list of contents
- photographs of contents of every room
- photographs of items of high value, such as jewelry, paintings, collectors'
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Earthquake Preparedness - Your Experience
Question: Briefly, share your earthquake experience, including any prep or supplies that may have helped.
Earthquake Preparedness - Evacuation Plans
Question: Discuss your earthquake evacuation plan, including practice drills and equipment.
Earthquake Preparedness - Indoor Safety
Question: If an earthquake strikes while you're indoors, do you know where to take cover? Please discuss your plans.
Earthquake Preparedness - Supplies and Kits
Question: Describe what's in your earthquake emergency kit. Where do you store your emergency supplies?
Earthquake Preparedness - Water Safety
Question: When an earthquake hits, your water supply may be at risk. What back-up plans have you made?