Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Earthquake Safety Tips

Southern California is known for its beautiful weather – and frequent earthquakes.

While earthquakes are an integral feature of California’s geological makeup, they can strike at any time, rattling our windows and our nerves. Within the past 365 days, California has experienced 8,023 earthquakes!

In an effort to help you prepare for the next earthquake, SAMLARC has compiled a list of preparedness tips to reduce the damage caused by earthquakes within the SAMLARC community.

1. Work on your home! Take time to visit a hardware store and strap bookshelves to the wall, televisions to their stands and microwaves to countertops. This will not only save you the cost of replacing these items but will also keep you safe from falling debris in an earthquake. In the same vein, install safety latches on kitchen cabinets to keep plates and glasses from falling onto the floor and breaking. Earthquake-resistant picture hooks are inexpensive and will serve to preserve your memories in the event of a natural disaster.

2. Learn about your home’s gas line, and how to turn it off. Install an automatic valve that shuts off the gas to the house when the shaking begins in an earthquake, or at least learn how to shut off your gas manually. Failure to do so could start a fire or induce gas poisoning.

3. Organize a disaster supply box that will accommodate each person in the household for three days. Include the following items: