Before the next big earthquake (or other emergency) in your area, do whatever you can to get prepared so you will survive and recover quickly. These four steps each contain a basic set of recommended actions for how to get prepared at home or in the workplace. Many are free or low cost solutions.

Start with Step 1 by securing a potential danger in your home, something that is easy and fast to accomplish. For example, move a heavy object from a high location closer to the floor. This only will take a minute and will prevent the object from falling onto someone or causing damage. You don’t need to complete all of the actions in each step before beginning the next.

Drawing of two people securing a bookshelf and water heater to prevent them from falling in an earthquake
Step 1:
Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items.

Drawing of a family discussing their emergency plan at a dining table
Step 2:
Plan to be safe by creating your emergency plan and deciding how you will communicate.

Drawing of a parent and child organizing emergency supplies in a backpack and a larger container
Step 3:
Organize emergency supplies in convenient locations.

Drawing of a couple discussing their financial preparedness, while workers retrofit the foundation of their home
Step 4:
Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance coverage.
You can complete one item a day, one a weekend, or one a month. Just remember that earthquakes strike without warning, so you want to get as many completed BEFORE the shaking starts. Soon you will be prepared to survive and recover!