You may be sound asleep, stranded in rush hour traffic, on the job, or at play. When the ground shakes, you must know what to do next.
STAY CALM, BE PATIENT AND PUT YOUR EMERGENCY PLAN INTO ACTION
CHECK FOR INJURIES
LISTEN TO RADIO FOR NEWS / INSTRUCTIONS
ASSESS THE DAMAGE
If you suspect damage, use flashlights. Do not use matches or electrical switches as the air may contain gas.
Sniff for gas leaks, starting at the water heater. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open windows, and get everyone outside as soon as possible.
Shut off any other damaged utilities. (You will need a professional to turn gas back on.)
Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, gasoline, and other flammable liquids as quickly and safely as possible.
CONFINE / SECURE PETS
CALL YOUR FAMILY CONTACT (Do not use telephone again unless it is a life-threatening emergency.)
AVOID FALLEN POWER LINES
CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBORS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS (elderly, disabled, medically fragile, etc…).
HELP YOUR COMMUNITY RECOVER
DO NOT SPREAD RUMORS
Attributions (American Red Cross)