The Checklist - During & After
By using a checklist of important steps to take during, and after an earthquake,
your odds of surviving uninjured are overwhelming. Print out a copy of the checklist
and keep it handy. You can also print out a checklist of earthquake supplies so
you'll know what to have on hand at your home, in your care and at the office.
Indoors (home or office):
- Go to interior doorway or seek cover under sturdy objects.
- Stay away from windows.
- Do not take elevators.
- Watch for falling debris.
- In an office, do not panic and run into stairwells.
- Keep calm!
After the shaking stops:
- Stay away from buildings, power lines, trees and overpasses.
- Watch for falling debris (including rocks or bridges).
- If in a car, pull over to a safe area and stay in your car.
- Keep calm!
- Wear shoes.
- Check and attend to injuries.
- Check power line damage (gas, electric, water, sewage).
- Check for damage and potential hazards in the event of aftershocks.
- Clean up hazardous spills.
- Turn on portable radio for public safety information.
- Disinfect water (bleach or boiling). Extra water can be found in toilet tanks (not
the bowls), water heaters, ice cubes, canned fruits and vegetables.
- Check food.
- Open cupboards carefully. Watch for falling objects.
- Schedule meals before foods spoil.
- Check for broken glass.
- Do not go sightseeing.
- Do not use telephone except in life/death emergencies.
- Prepare for aftershocks.