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". 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.
Similar items should be kept at your desk at work or school (for work, keep a pair of comfortable walking shoes ready). This can be from walking around indifferently to running about or hiding and not coming out. 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. When securing appliances, be sure not to drill holes in them - use existing holes, or make loops from leather, etc., that can be glued onto an appliance. 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.
Identify an out-of-area contact person that your family can call and get in touch with one another. 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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