CIVIL DEFENSE EMERGENCY
THINGS TO CONSIDER IN PREPARING
FOR AN EARTHQUAKE
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Look for items in your home that could become a hazard in an earthquake:
- Repair defective electrical wiring, leaky gas and
inflexible utility connections. Bolt down
and gas appliances.
- Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves. Fasten
shelves to walls. Brace high and top-heavy
- Store bottled foods, glass, china and other breakables
on low shelves or in cabinets that can
- Check and repair deep plaster cracks in ceilings and
foundations. Get expert advice,
especially if there
are signs of structural defects.
- Be sure the house is firmly anchored to its foundation.
2. Know where and how to shut off electricity, gas and
water at main switches and valves.
3. Hold earthquake drills with your family.
- Locate safe spots in each room under a sturdy table or
against an inside wall. Reinforce this
physically placing yourself and your family
- Identify danger zones in each room near windows where
glass can shatter or near bookcases or
can fall over. During an earthquake, each
member should move away from these danger
to the nearest safe spot.
4. Develop a plan for reuniting your family after an earthquake.
Establish an out-of-state telephone contact
for family members to call to let others know
5. Review your insurance policies.
Some damage may be covered
even without specific earthquake insurance.
important home and business papers.
6. Last, but not least, check your HOME SURVIVAL KIT.
An earthquake can
occur at any time.
The time to prepare is now.
Thank you for reading. Have a safe day.
Info: Hawaii County Civil Defense: 935-0031