Plan and prepare yourself and your family for an earthquake or another major disaster
Make an evacuation plan
- Designate a family meeting place - one just outside the home and a secondary place outside of the neighbourhood
- Establish an out of province contact
- Prepare your home
- Prepare emergency supplies
- Go through your home, imagining what could happen to each part of it if it were shaken violently.
- Seek advice from professionals (insurance, engineers, architects) if you are unsure what to do.
If you live in a condo or apartment building, you may experience more sway and less vibration than in a single-storey building. Work with your building or strata corporation manager to help quake-proof your home.
Prepare your home
- Know your utility shut-off valves (gas, electric, water)
- Plan all possible exits
- Check for home hazards: Is the house bolted to its foundations? Are the walls braced? Chimneys weak? Are roof tiles loose? Make necessary repairs now
- Tie down your water heater and other appliances that could break gas or water lines if they topple.
- Secure top-heavy furniture (eg: shelving units) to prevent tipping. Keep heavy items on lower shelves. ]
- Fix mirrors and other hanging objects so they won't fall of hooks.
- Locate beds away from chimneys, windows, heavy pictures, etc.
- Closed curtains will help keep broken window glass off nearby occupied beds.
- Put anti-skid pads (eg: Velcro) under TVs, VCRs, computers and small appliances.
- Store valuable documents and special small keepsakes in a fire-resistant place.
- Keep sturdy shoes and outdoor clothing handy.
- Use child-proof or safety latches on cupboards to stop contents from spilling out.
- Keep flammable items and household chemicals away from heat and where they can't spill. Keep them in safe cupboard if they can't be stored in an outside shed.
- Put plywood up in the attic on joists around each chimney to help prevent bricks and mortar from coming through a ceiling.
Earthquake Preparedeness Videos
This series of videos will help you prepar your home for an earthquake:
View all of the above videos in a playlist:
Note: all videos courtesy of the Washington State Emergency Management Division.
Last updated: 22/10/2013 10:20:30 AM