Earthquake Supplies Kit and Emergency Preparedness (cont.)

Earthquake evacuation plans

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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 details.

  • 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

Establish Priorities

Take time before an earthquake strikes to write an emergency priority list, including:

  • 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 centers

  • 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 information

Gather and Store Important Documents in a Fire-Proof Safe

  • Birth certificates

  • Ownership certificates (automobiles, boats, etc.)

  • Social Security cards

  • Insurance policies

  • Wills

  • Household inventory, including:

    • list of contents

    • photographs of contents of every room

    • photographs of items of high value, such as jewelry, paintings, collectors' items

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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?