Earthquake Disaster Preparedness Checklist

Have a Plan: An Earthquake Can Strike at Anytime, Anyplace.

  • Prepare an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. (Click Here)
  • Fasten shelves securely and place large or heavy objects on lower shelves.
  • Breakable items should be stored in low, closed cabinets with a latch.
  • Heavy wall items should be attached securely and away from beds, couches, or anywhere people might be underneath.
  • Brace overhead light fixtures and top-heavy lamps.
  • Have defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections repaired by a qualified professional.
  • Secure water heater, refrigerator, furnace and gas appliances with strapping or bolting. If recommended by your gas company, have an automatic vibration shut-off valve installed.
  • Repair cracks in ceiling or foundation as soon as they happen and check often for structural defects.
  • Store weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products on bottom shelves in closed cabinets with a latch.
  • Locate the safest spot in each room (under a sturdy table or against inside wall, not in doorways).
  • Hold family earthquake drills: Drop, cover and hold on.
  • Consider Earthquake Insurance to help your family or your business bounce back after a major earthquake.