April is National Earthquake Preparedness Month

Car stuck in warehouse after earthquake-triggered tsunami in Japan.
Roslan Rahman, AFP/Getty Images / March 27, 2011
April Fools Day marks the start of National Earthquake Preparedness Month and with the devastating effects of the major earthquake and tsunami in Japan, there is no more urgent time than now to get you and your family prepared.

In light of National Earthquake Preparedness Month, here are some quick tips to get prepared before an earthquake strikes from our friends at the American Red Cross:

  • Know the fire evacuation and earthquake plans for any building you occupy regularly.
  • Pick safe places in each room of your home, place of employment or school, under a piece of furniture or against an interior wall.
  • Practice drop, cover and hold on. If you do not have sturdy furniture to hold on to, sit on the floor next to an interior wall and cover your head and neck with your arms.
  • Keep a flashlight and sturdy shoes by each person’s bed.
  • Make sure your home is securely anchored to its foundation.
  • Bolt and brace water heaters, gas appliances, bookcases, china cabinets and other tall furniture to wall studs.
  • Hang heavy items, such as pictures and mirrors, away from beds, couches and anywhere people sleep or sit.
  • Brace overhead light fixtures.
  • Install strong latches or bolts on cabinets. Large or heavy items should be closest to the floor.

Ready to do more to get your family prepared?

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Read our 6-step earthquake preparedness blog post series.

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