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posted on March 14, 2011 15:21

Earthquake Preparedness

News following Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunamis shows how important it is to be prepared for an emergency. The Pacific Northwest is earthquake country, with much of Idaho’s beauty being formed by the seismic forces beneath our feet.  Do you know what to do during an earthquake or other natural disaster? Do you have food and water stored for an emergency if grocery store shelves are bare?

Planning, Preparing, and Practicing

Identify Potential Hazards in Your Home and Begin to Fix Them:

  • Unsecured objects in your home or place of business can cause injury during an earthquake

  • Make sure heavy objects, like bookcases, entertainment centers, and large electronic devices are properly secured 

  • Identify and secure smaller objects in your home or business that could cause injury or become projectiles during an earthquake

Create A Disaster-Preparedness Plan

  • Create a disaster-preparedness plan with your family

  • Discuss how to protect yourself during an earthquake, safe spots in every room, and what to do if you are separated

  • Routinely plan and practice what to during an earthquake

Create Emergency Preparedness Kits

  • Emergency preparedness kits are supplies you may need when an earthquake hits

  • At a minimum, you should have a three-day supply of food and water with one gallon of water per person per day

  • To learn more about essential items to include in your emergency preparedness kit, visit the American Public Health Association website

Identify Your Building’s Potential Weaknesses and Begin to Fix Them

  • If you have questions about the ability of your home to withstand an earthquake, you may want to check with a building inspector or structural engineer

  • Take the Structural-Safety Quiz for Homes and Other Buildings on page 30 of the Handbook for Earthquakes in Idaho

For more information about earthquakes in Idaho and the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety, including historical and geological information, see the Handbook for Earthquakes in Idaho published by the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security and the Idaho Geological Survey.