Practice "duck, cover, and hold" drills at home with your family.
Injuries and deaths during earthquakes are caused mainly by falling objects and structures collapsing.
Knowing how to protect yourself when the shaking starts may save your life.
Show children safe areas to duck and cover.
You may not be near them when an Earthquake strikes. Knowing where to take cover in every room in the house, may save lives.
Practice counting to sixty seconds.
Most quakes do not last that long, counting to 60 will help you and your family keep calm when a real earthquake strikes.
Develop an earthquake plan at home.
If the earthquake hits during the day, family members may be separated for several hours or even several days.
Plan ahead and select a safe place where you can reunite after an earthquake.
Consider your family's possible needs, and also select alternative meeting places.
Involve your neighbors, you may need their help, or they may need yours!
Out of State Contact.
Select a friend or relative, that is out of your area, preferably out of State, that could act as a central information house for anyone that is concerned about your family’s well being, pass this number on to relatives and friends.
One telephone call (or a text) to them, stating your location and your condition will put other family members and friends at ease.
This will help on the communication network in your area and also give you more time to concentrate on more important tasks.
All family members should have this number with them, and report in if they are not with you.
Determine the safest places inside and outside of your home.
These should be away from fireplaces, open shelves, bookcases, windows, pictures or mirrors inside your home.
Trees, power lines, roof tiles, vehicles, walls and fences outside your home.