An earthquake is a very destructive natural disaster; particularly in the Pacific Rim region.
After an earthquake, your home may be a mess and you might be left without a water supply and energy. If your house has a chimney, this can be a source of injury if it topples during an earthquake.
If at all possible, avoid living near fault lines and large mountains in an earthquake-prone region. When looking online for items to help you quake proof your home, a good search term is "earthquake safety products". A lot of what you can do to be prepared has been covered already, but there are some very specific steps that need to be taken in order to safely ride out an earthquake. We’ve covered a great deal of supplies and basic preparations for emergency preparedness over the last month. Theater or stadium – drop to the floor between the rows or stay seated and cover your head with your arms. Vehicles – pull over, stay where you are, keep your seat belt on and wait for the shaking to stop. HOLD ON – If there are legs be sure to hold onto them so that you move with the furniture rather than having the desk move and no longer cover you. EXIT – As you exit the building beware of glass, debris and weak spots in the floor and ceiling.
Download the NFPA Safety Tip Sheets to add to your emergency plan for basic information about all the disasters.
You can download this structural earthquake preparedness guide from FEMA here that explains all this in more depth. The Mega List of Preparedness: 512 items the Ultimate Prepared Family Should Consider Stocking & Storing.
TRIVIA: PHIVOLCS has said that the Marikina Valley Fault Line is already “ripe for movement,” although there is no way to predict when the quake will strike. At the end of the day, disasters and disaster risk reduction is not an issue left solely for the government to deal with. Duplicate important documents and keep copies off-site, either in a safety deposit box or with someone you trust.
Put together a disaster supply kit. Plan to have supplies for yourself and your family for at least 3 days following a disaster. There are several things you can do to prepare for an earthquake before it happens, to minimize the damage and potential for injury in and around your home.
There are a number of specific hazards in your home that you can deal with before an earthquake occurs. In a pinch, placing masking tape across the diagonals of your windows can keep them from shattering.


Conventional picture hooks will not hold pictures during an earthquake but they are easy to fix - simply push the hook closed, or use a filler material to fill the gap between the hook and its backing.
If you have enough time, remove everything everything from the desk that is dangerous such as a knife or scissor. There are resources in your community to educate you and your family on how to deal with first aid emergencies. Since there is no precise time of day when an earthquake might strike, you may be at work, at school, on a bus, or in a train when one strikes.
Be sure to include wrenches for gas lines, a heavy duty hammer, work gloves, and a crowbar. If there aren't civic groups present in your area focused on earthquake preparedness, work on putting one together. Not only will the damage to your home be more severe, but it will be more likely that you cannot get to your home if you are away from it.
Ask your neighbors to lend a hand, other family members, or dial a handyman company that is good at fixing things for a reasonable price.
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It’s important to be prepared before an earthquake, but you also need to know what to do during an earthquake, and then what you will need to do after to remain safe and minimize damage. Make sure all preparations are done as a family and that everyone participates in these activities and discussions.
If you have shelves (like pantries) you can use hooks and bungee cords to create a fence to prevent falling items. Now we understand that is a LOT of stuff to get, and sometimes you have to choose which supplies are of the highest priority. It may seem relatively simple – stop, cover, and hold on for dear life until the shaking stops. Keep an evacuation map in a convenient location in your home and car, practice evacuation in your drill.
However you feel remember its normal, but try to avoid panic and stay calm, if you see someone is about to lose it step in to help them calm down.
To call family to let them know your ok, make one long distance call and let that person spread the word (see family emergency plan). Act like its your closet from high school that is held together only by the doors – we’ll cover what to do in an avalanche later.
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The angles can be bolted to the wall, and to ceiling joists or rafters if you have cladding on the house. If there is no other cover, lay on the floor next to an interior wall and protect your head and neck. Go over what your family should do in the event that not everyone makes it to the rallying point.
It is highly likely that you will need to know several ways to get home since roads and bridges will likely be obstructed for long periods of time.
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If you find that there are not enough “safety spots” in your home or work, find a way to create more by rearranging or possibly getting new furniture. As far as earthquakes go, these are the supplies that should be at the top of your list and HAVE to be finished and available. See resources at the bottom of the post for FEMA’s guide which has  illustrations and instructions for turning off your utilities. For example: There is a vase on the desk, when a rock hits it, the glass would shatter everywhere which may cause injuries.
If you have civil defence safety meeting points, be sure that every member of the family knows the location of the one closest to home, school, and work. Don’t wait until the shaking is violent enough that you’re convinced its an earthquake, take action as soon as the shaking begins. If you can’t fit under it completely than be sure to cover you head and as much of you back as possible.
The earthquake will cause fire alarms and sprinklers to go off, so this will be a loud and wet walk. Identify an out-of-area contact person that your family can call and get in touch with one another. If nothing else is available stand flat against an INTERIOR wall and cover your head with your hands.
This also applies if you live down stream or close to a dam, or along a river that connects with the ocean as a tsunami will travel these water pathways as well.
This is why drills are so important to emergency preparedness, it creates a reflex for action that kicks in automatically, rather than having to stop, and try and think through your panic. It's also a good idea to have flexible fittings on your water pipes, so have these fixed at the same time.



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