Asistel in English
Preparing for an earthquake
The way people behave when a major earthquake occurs is unpredictable. Some people are immobilized by fear, others panic. By developing a family plan for emergencies, it will be easier for everyone to remain calm and take action safely and sensibly.
As a family, create an action plan in case an earthquake. Make sure your family knows where to reunite if they are not together when a quake strikes. Choose an out-of-state relative or friend everyone can call to report their whereabouts and conditions. Share this information with the babysitter, preschool and school.
Determine the safest places to take refuge in each room of your home, at your workplace and in the children’s schools. The best refuge is under sturdy tables or desks or in corners. Also, determine the most dangerous spots, such as those close to windows, mirrors, hanging objects and tall furniture that hasn’t been secured to the wall.
Conduct practice earthquake drills with the family and rehearse the family action plan.
If there are people in the home who do not speak English or who have difficulty communicating, prepare an emergency card or ID bracelet that includes his or her name, address, special needs and whatever other information would be helpful.
The impact of a strong earthquake can be less severe if everyone in the family is prepared and knows what to do.
A message from the University of California Cooperative Extension and the California Office of Emergency Services.