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Emergency Preparedness | Earthquakes

Earthquakes

Earthquakes strike without warning and at any time.

Earthquakes strike without warning and at any time. Forty-five U.S. states and territories are at moderate to very high risk of earthquakes. Most injuries are caused by falls, flying debris or structural collapses.

Download this checklist to make sure you have the products and resources that can help keep people and property safe in an earthquake emergency.

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Products to

Prepare

Earthquake Safety Devices

Seismic Wedge Anchors

Flammable Cabinets

Portable & Inverter Generators

Standby Generators

Fuel & Gas Cans

Exit Signs

Flexible Gas Connectors

Products To

Respond and Recover

Backup Power Systems

Fire Extinguishers

Handheld Flashlights

Weather Radios

Disaster Survival Kits

First Aid & Wound Care

Gas Detection

Trash Cans

TIPS TO PREPARE

Securely fasten shelves and cabinets to walls. Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves.

Store breakable items in low and closed cabinets with secure latches. Store flammable and other hazardous products in approved safety cabinets away from sources of ignition.

Secure all equipment with gas or electric lines by strapping to wall studs and/or bolting to the floor.

Brace ceiling and overhead light fixtures, cover with protective enclosures and install shatterproof lamps where possible.

Perform a workplace survey, especially if you are in an area with a high risk of earthquakes, to identify potential hazards to workers if an earthquake occurs.

To protect yourself from hazardous materials during clean-up, wear protective clothing.

TIPS TO RESPOND AND RECOVER

First assist the injured, moving them only if they are in danger remaining where they are.

Be alert to safety issues created by the devastation of the earthquake. Avoid entering any buildings with structural or other visible damage until authorized to do so by local officials.

Immediately report any gas leaks, downed or damaged electrical wires, and spilled chemicals or other potentially hazardous materials to authorities or the utility companies.

Response and recovery work in earthquake-impacted areas presents safety and health hazards that should be properly identified, evaluated and controlled in a systematic manner to reduce or eliminate occupational safety and health risks to response and recovery workers.

Use caution when walking through debris. Watch for animals, broken glass and other materials, or spilled liquids that could cause injury or illness.

Only trained personnel should be involved in search and rescue or demolition and cleanup operations.

Resources

OSHA EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE

CDC EMERGENCY SUPPLIES FOR EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS

READY.GOV EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS

US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY EARTHQUAKE HAZARDS PROGRAM