Do you know what to do if an earthquake starts while you’re at home, while you’re driving or while you’re at work? Is a doorway one of the best places to be in an earthquake? If you’re in a building, should you run outside? Do you have a plan to reconnect with your loved ones who are at work, home or school?
The 5.7 magnitude earthquake that rattled the Wasatch Front, the state’s largest since 1992, has put a spotlight on earthquake safety and preparedness. Earthquakes can happen at any time of the year and occur without warning. And many people don’t know the best ways to prepare for and stay safe during an earthquake.
Read this informative guide for some of the best ways to protect yourself and your family during a seismic event. You’ll learn a number of facts that could save your life! What you do before an earthquake also matters, of course. You’ll want to identify the potential hazards in your home that could cause injury or death during those terrifying seconds of an earthquake and take steps to reduce your risk of injury.
Another important task is developing a family emergency plan. It’s a great way to better prepare all members of your family, and it’s easy to put one together. Here’s a guide to creating one. As part of that plan, you’ll want to make arrangements for contacting one another and reconnecting if separated. You’ll also want to establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.
In addition to creating a family emergency plan, here are some of the most important steps to take to prepare for an earthquake: