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The Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.



Prepar­ation is the key to surviving a disaster -- that much is clear -- but where should you start? Start by talking -- talk to your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers about what you've learned in this handbook about earthq­uakes and tsunamis in Southern Califo­rnia. Then discussed what you have done to prepare and together plan your next steps.

Many people are overwh­elmed by the mere prospect of a natural disaster and, as a result, don't prepare at all. Do not fall into that trap. You can start today by following these seven steps.

PREPARE before an earthquake or tsunami:

1. Secure your space
2. Create a plan
3. Prepare disaster kits
4. Strengthen your home

SURVIVE during an earthq­uake:

5. Drop, cover, and hold on
6. Check for injuries and damage

RECOVER after an earthquake or tsunami:

7. Follow your plan

STEP 1 Secure your space

1) Hang plants in lightw­eight pots with closed hooks, well secured to a joist or stud and far away from windows.
2) Install strong latches on kitchen cabinets.
3) Use flexible connec­tions where gas lines meet applia­nces.
4) Remove or lock refrig­erator wheels, secure to studs.
5) Secure valuable electr­onics items such as computers and televi­sions.
6) Keep breakables in low or secure cabinets with latches.
7) Move heavy plants and other large items to floor or low shelves.
8) Hang mirrors and pictures and pictures on closed hooks.
9) Secure free-s­tanding woodstove or fireplace insert.
10) Keep heavy unstable objects away from doors and exit routes.
11) Place bed away from windows or items that may fall.
12) Secure knick knacks and other small valuables with museum putty.
13) Brace overhead light fixtures.
14) Place only light weight­/soft items over bed.
15) Secure top-heavy furniture to studs.
16) Secure water heater with metal straps attached to studs.
17) Trim hazardous tree limbs.

STEP 2 Create a plan

18) Store fire exting­uisher (type ABC) in easily accessible location.
19) Keep several flashl­ights in accessible places around the house.
20) Keep wrench or turn-off tool in water proof wrap near gas meter.
21) Know the location of your main electrical fuse box or circuit breaker.
22) Have your emergency plan accessible & discuss with all family members.
23) Know whether you live, work, or play in a tsunami hazard zone.
24) Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio with the Public Alert feature to notify you of tsunamis and other hazards.
25) Keep flashl­ight, slippers and gloves next to beds.
26) Keep gas tank at least half full.

STEP 3 Prepare disaster kits

27) Keep an emergency backpack with copies of important documents near the door to grab and go.
28) Store emergency food and water supplies in a dry accessible area. Include first aid kit, extra cash, portable radio, extra batteries, medica­tions and other necessary supplies.

STEP 4 Strengthen your home

29) Use anchor bolts every 4 to 6 feet to secure home to founda­tion.
30) Reinforce brick chimneys.

STEPS 5-7 During and after the earthquake

see steps 5, 6, and 7.