Be Earthquake Ready
With the recent 5.7 magnitude earthquake in Magna and additional aftershocks likely, now is a good time to review your earthquake preparedness. We have listed a few basic pointers below but be sure to check out FEMA’s Earthquake Home Hazard Hunt as well for important homeowner information!
Here are a few simple tips to make sure your house is prepared for an Earthquake:
- Have a family evacuation plan which includes a meeting point in a safe area – Practice evacuating to be sure everyone in your family is comfortable with the plan
- Secure furniture such as computers, dressers, bookshelves, and TVs so they can’t fall and injure someone
- Get emergency flashlights for every room
- Know where utility valves and switches are and how to shut them off (this may require special tools)
- Keep a first aid kit, 3 days worth of non-perishable food and water, spare clothes, and important documents in a container that can be easily grabbed in the event of evacuation
For more in-depth information on making your home earthquake ready, see the infographics below and visit FEMA’s Earthquake Safety page!