4 Steps to Prepare for an Earthquake

An 8.2 earthquake would be far worse in Los Angeles because the San Andreas fault runs right through areas such as the Coachella Valley — home to Palm Springs — and the San Bernardino Valley.

San Andreas faultThe magnitude 8.2 earthquake that ravaged southern Mexico on Thursday was the largest to shake the country in nearly a century.

Before the next big earthquake (or other emergency) in your area, do whatever you can to get prepared so you will survive and recover quickly. These four steps each contain a basic set of recommended actions for how to get prepared at home or in the workplace.Many are free or low cost solutions.Start with Step 1 by securing a potential danger in your home, something that is easy and fast to accomplish. For example, move a heavy object from a high location closer to the floor. This only will take a minute and will prevent the object from falling onto someone or causing damage. You don’t need to complete all of the actions in each step before beginning the next.



Step 1:
Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items.


Step 2:
Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency.


Step 3:
Organize disaster supplies in convenient locations.


Step 4:
Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance.
You can complete one item a day, one a weekend, or one a month. Just remember that earthquakes strike without warning, so you want to get as many completed BEFORE the shaking starts. Soon you will be prepared to survive and recover!

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