Table 2.

Sample Individual, Family, Home, and Community Planning Guide*

Individual and Family Preparedness
 Know the safe spots in each room (under sturdy tables, desks, or against inside walls).
 Know the danger spots (windows, mirrors, hanging objects, fireplaces, tall furniture).
 Conduct practice drills. Physically place yourself and your children in safe locations.
 Learn first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation from your local Red Cross Chapter or other community organization.
 Decide where your family will reunite if separated.
 Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers.
 Choose an out-of-state friend or relative whom family members can contact after the quake to report their whereabouts and conditions.
Home Preparedness
 Learn how to shut off gas, water, and electricity in case the lines are damaged.
 Check chimneys, roofs, and wall foundations for stability. Make sure your home is bolted to its foundation. Call a licensed contractor if there are any questions.
 Secure water heater and appliances that could move enough to rupture utility lines.
 Keep breakable and heavy objects on lower shelves.
 Secure hanging plants and heavy picture frames or mirrors (especially those hanging over beds).
 Put latches on cabinet doors to keep them closed during shaking.
 Keep flammable or hazardous liquids such as paints, pest sprays, or cleaning products in cabinets or secured on lower shelves.
 Maintain emergency food, water and other supplies, including medicine, first aid kit, and clothing.
Community Preparedness
 Suggest that local organizations of which you are a member undertake a specific preparedness program or acquire special training to be of assistance in the event of a damaging earthquake.
 Organize a neighborhood earthquake preparedness program.
 Conduct training for neighborhood residents in preparedness, first aid, fire suppression, damage assessment, and search and rescue.
 Develop self-help networks between families and neighborhoods through a skills and resource bank that includes a listing of tools, equipment, materials, and neighborhood members who have special skills and resources to share.
 Identify neighbors who have special needs or will require special assistance.
 Have neighbors agree to hang a white flag out after the quake if everyone and everything is ok.
  • * If a major earthquake struck in your area today, you might be without direct assistance for up to 72 hours. Are you prepared to be self-sufficient? Is your family? Your neighborhood? From California earthquake preparedness guide.