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Earthquake preparation tips

Updated on September 8, 2012

A mega-earthquake is certainly something one should prepare for, as such a disaster can cause inexplicable damage and harm. While one cannot completely be protected from natural disasters, there are things that can be done to prepare for an earthquake.

  • For one, before an earthquake even occurs, one should ensure that you know where to go if an earthquake hits. Such locations should be underneath tables, desks, or other sturdy items away from windows (in case they shatter).

  • Fasten and secure pieces of furniture, cabinets, so there are no leaks or damage caused by falling objects during an earthquake. The heavier things are, the nearer to the floor they should be.

  • Food and water, clothing, and other necessary items should be on hand in case if escape is not directly possible. There should be an out-of-town contact to reach other than emergency responders and primary emergency contacts.

  • Finally, everyone should definitely know what to do in case of an earthquake, including children, students, and caretakers. To be sure people are aware of what to do, earthquake drills should be held. These tips apply to the home as well as a school environment.

  • One can even prepare for an earthquake on the road. A kit can be created including medical supplies, food and water, flashlights, clothing, and a radio just in case. Keeping such a kit together at home is helpful also.

  • Further measures can be taken by attending first aid classes and knowing how to put out fires and deal with other possible subsequent emergencies after an earthquake. You never know what can follow.

Basically there are four components of preparedness: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Mitigation is anything done to lessen long-term damage to people and property. Preparedness itself is any action taken before a disaster that would make for a better response. The response is what is done immediately before, during, or immediately after a disaster to minimize damages. Recovery is short-term action taken to bring activities back to a manageable standard as well as long-term action meant to return things back to normal.

There is no excuse why one cannot be at least partially prepared for an emergency or disaster such as an earthquake, especially a mega-earthquake.

The Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety

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      ashu dhanwani 

      6 years ago

      really its gud i wish

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      tony 

      6 years ago

      i agree

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      jaime 

      6 years ago

      i agree i used it for homework too :L

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      Debra 

      7 years ago

      PREPARE TO PREPARE 2011 D.K.L.

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      uyyyyui 

      7 years ago

      you didn't say defferent steps to doyou guys are all right I think we should always be safe and no matter what be prepared for anything.

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      EarthquakePrepare 

      7 years ago

      Very good hub.

      We all should stay prepared for an earthquake always.

      I appreciate hubs which raise awareness.

      Please share some more in the future.

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      chocolate 

      7 years ago

      realy good for home work***********************************************************************************************************************************************************************

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      Susan G. 

      7 years ago

      marty- it is called lifeguard structures, fyi

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      Martyf 

      7 years ago

      I saw a company that makes special super strong furniture to protect you, I can't remember the name, but I thought it was a really good idea.

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      emergencyresponse 

      8 years ago

      Even if your area has minor quakes, be prepared. Been there, seen a lot :(

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      Silver Poet 

      8 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      These are some good rules to remember. Thanks for the reminder!

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      Dsgod 

      8 years ago

      This hub is awesome. Great for kids like me. This hub is good to read because then parents, even kids can get to know what to do when an earthquake happens. thumbs up, 5 stars, #1 great job!

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      peter lau 

      8 years ago

      really hope we can get save when earthquake come ...and God helps us

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      courtneyleader. 

      8 years ago

      these are great points

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      dumpster 

      8 years ago

      Hey guys my name is dumpster and you guys should have a safety hazard site where people can read what you wrote and also be protected and prepared for whatever comes next like micchuck chuck said:D

      *Peace out home dogs*

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      micchuckchuck 

      8 years ago

      you guys are all right I think we should always be safe and no matter what be prepared for anything.

    • glassvisage profile imageAUTHOR

      glassvisage 

      9 years ago from Northern California

      Good call. Another good place to go is in door frames, which are one of the most sturdy places in a building!

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      caoshub 

      9 years ago from Portugal

      I've read an article from a firemen saying that a good place to stay when an earthquake occurs is right at the side of a table, for example. Because if the ceiling falls down, the table will hold it, and there will be a vacant space at its side, so, if we are there, we will be safer.

      I don't know if I coul do it! I guess I would just keep go under that table... 

      (I've just written a post on it. )

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      Woody Marx 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Being prepared, even if you never need it, always gives peace of mind! Thanks! :)

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