May 1, 2024

Preparing for an Earthquake

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An earthquake can really shake things up for your home and business. With many fault zones in the U.S., many of us are at a higher risk for experiencing serious earthquakes depending on our geographical location. Fault zone areas include states along the west coast, in the south and in the central U.S.; however, earthquakes can happen anywhere and at any time, so it’s important to be prepared.

Taking Precautions

Using the stairsTo be prepared in the event of an earthquake, you need to know the signs. You may hear a rumbling or roaring sound, along with a rolling sensation that starts out gently, then grows stronger. You may even feel a jolt followed by shaking, which can make it difficult to stand or move to get to safety.

Most deaths and injuries are caused by collapsing buildings or falling objects, such as bookcases and cabinets. Planning and practicing what to do when an earthquake strikes will help protect you and others.

Drop, cover, hold on — what to do when you feel an earthquake:

  • Drop to your hands and knees; this protects you from falling but allows you to move
  • Cover your head and body if you can, and move underneath a table or desk
  • Hold on to your shelter until the shaking stops; move if your shelter is shifting

Having a Plan

Here are some additional resources so you can be prepared in the future.under the table

  • Prepare an evacuation plan so you know where to go and what to do if an earthquake occurs
  • Review and print out earthquake response tips
  • Have an emergency kit on hand to ensure you have all the essential tools you’ll need
  • Be cautious of aftershocks and fires that occur after the initial shock

For additional information about earthquakes and preparation, visit

We hope you find this information helpful. Please be safe.

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