If such a natural disaster was to occur it is important that you are prepared for such an event. This article is going to be providing you with a brief checklist to preparing for an earthquake in your home, so that if the time comes you can maximise your chances of coming out of the event unharmed and safe.
Important: The following advice is no way at all a substitute for official government and official authorities advice on preparing to protect you and your family in the event of an earthquake and I strongly advise you to read up on information they provide on preparing for an earthquake.
Earthquake Drills: Practice makes perfect, and this is something you really want to get perfect 'you and your family's life might be at stake' be sure to hold regular drills so you all know exactly what you are doing, to maximise your chances of safety.
Switch on Sources of Information: You need to know when the earthquake is going to happen, hence it is important that you are listening out on your radio and TV, as well as listening out for other sirens etc.
Realise Steps the Authorities and Businesses May take: Understand that authorities may want to cut off telephone communication, transportation, heavy amounts of traffic control, food stores will be closed etc.
Identify the Safest Area in Every Room: This is important as you may not have time to move from one room to another in time, therefore each family member needs to know what is the safest spot in each room for the potential event of an earthquake.
Identify the Safest Place in the House: If you do have time to move to another room, try and know what the safest spot in the house is generally speaking it tends to be the hall way due to the lack of furniture, where as the kitchen tends to be the most dangerous.
Rearrange Heavy Furniture: Make sure that you are securing your furniture, both their function to open and close, with metal attachments, get experts into do the job if you are unsure.
Meeting Place: If the earthquake manages to split you up, be sure to have a location where you are all to meet up at and reunite the family.
Fire Fighting Equipment: It would be a good idea to invest in some fire fighting equipment to put out potential fires that could occur, buckets of water and fire extinguishers etc.
Exit Points: Make sure that every family member knows how to get out of the house and find locate the exit points and which is the closest evacuation point.
Young Children: If you have children who aren't able yet to speak be sure to attach a tag to them to firstly identify who the child is, and other valuable information such as their home address and allergies that the child may have. Or a tag to any non-english speaking members of the household.
Food Supply: Be sure to have an emergency stock of water and food and other essentials such as first aid etc. and that everyone knows where to immediately locate this emergency supply and that it is sufficient to at least last a few days.
Switch off Utilities: Make sure you have automatic earthquake triggers that switch off your gas and other appliances or at least phone up your utility companies to actually have a plan in place in case such an event occurs.
For more information on the plan of action to take be sure to look into government procedures on how to carry out a safe and well informed plan of action on what to do before an earthquake is to occur.