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This Seismic Alert has been compiled by the USAEBN Virtual Emergency Operation Center for the current earthquake emergency.


Disaster Preparedness is as Simple as A-B-C

A - Always be informed by listening to USA Emergency Broadcasting Network at

B - Build a Disaster Kit ; USAEBN Marketplace has the equipment that you need

C- Create a Family Emergency Plan; Attend training offered by USAEBN's Prep Academy


Earthquake Action Plan

The most important thing you can do during  an earthquake is to remain calm. By doing this, you will be in  a better  position to  assess your situation and instill confidence  in those around you. Think through the consequences of any actions you take. Try to calm and reassure others. Stay as safe as possible during an earthquake. Be aware that some earthquakes are actually foreshocks and a larger earthquake might occur. Minimize your movements to a few steps to a nearby safe place and if you are indoors, stay there until the shaking has stopped and you are sure exiting is safe.

If indoors

  • DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and HOLDON until the shaking stops. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.


  • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.


  • Stay in bed if you are there when the earthquake strikes. Hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.


  • Use a doorway for shelter only if it is in close proximity to you and if you know it is a strongly supported, loadbearing doorway.


  • Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.


  • Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on.


  • DO NOT use the elevators.


  • If you must leave the building after the shaking stops, use stairs rather than an elevator in case there are aftershocks, power outages or other damage. The most dangerous thing to do during the shaking of an earthquake is to try to leave the building because objects can fall on you.


  • If you happen to be in the kitchen, turn  off the stove at the first sign of  shaking.


  • Watch for falling plaster, bricks, light fixtures and other objects.


  • Watch out for high bookcases, china cabinets, shelves, and other furniture or appliances which might fall or topple.


  • Stay away  from windows, mirrors, and chimneys.


  • If in danger, get under a  table, desk or  bed;  in a  corner  away  from  windows; or  in a  strong doorway. 


  • Encourage others to follow your  example. Do not run outdoors - you may be hit by falling debris or electrical wires.


  • If in  a high-rise office building, move away from windows and  outside walls. Get under a desk or table. Do not dash for exits, since stairways may be broken or jammed with people.  Power for elevators may fail.


  • If in  a crowded  store, do not rush for a doorway  since hundreds  may have  the same  idea. If you MUST leave the  building, choose  your exit as carefully as possible.


If outdoors

  • Stay there.


  • Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.


  • Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops. The greatest danger exists directly outside buildings, at exits and alongside exterior walls. Many of the 120 fatalities from the 1933 Long Beach earthquake occurred when people ran outside of buildings only to be killed by falling debris from collapsing walls. Ground movement during an earthquake is seldom the direct cause of death or injury. Most earthquake-related casualties result from collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects.


If in a moving vehicle

  • Stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires. Look for a clear spot to stop in.
  • Proceed cautiously once the earthquake has stopped. Avoid roads, bridges, or ramps that might have been damaged by the earthquake.
  • If a power line falls on your vehicle, do not get out. Wait for assistance.
  • If you are in a mountainous area or near unstable slopes or cliffs, be alert for falling rocks and other debris. Landslides are often triggered by earthquakes.


If trapped under debris

  • Do not light a match.
  • Do not move about or kick up dust.
  • Cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing.
  • Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you. Use a whistle if one is available. Shout only as a last resort.
  • Shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.


Pets after an Earthquake

The behavior of pets may change dramatically after an earthquake.  Normally quiet and friendly cats and dogs may become aggressive or defensive.  Watch animals closely.  Leash dogs and place them in a fenced yard. Pets may not be allowed into shelters for health and space reasons.  Prepare an emergency pen for pets in the home that includes a 3-day supply of dry food and a large container of water.


Expect aftershocks.These secondary shockwaves are usually less violent than the main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the quake. Expect and prepare for potential aftershocks, landslides or even a tsunami. Tsunamis are often generated by earthquakes. Each time you feel an aftershock, drop, cover and hold on. 


Listen to a battery-operated radio or television.Listen for the latest emergency information.

Put on long pants, a long ­sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes and work gloves to protect against injury from broken objects.

Look quickly for damage in and around your home and get everyone out if your home is unsafe.


Use the telephone only for emergency calls.


Open cabinets cautiously.Beware of objects that can fall off shelves.


Stay away from damaged areas.Stay away unless your assistance has been specifically requested by police, fire, or relief organizations. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.


Be aware of possible tsunamis if you live in coastal areas.These are also known as seismic sea waves (mistakenly called "tidal waves"). When local authorities issue a tsunami warning, assume that a series of dangerous waves is on the way. Stay away from the beach.


Help injured or trapped persons.Remember to help your neighbors who may require special assistance such as infants, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Give first aid where appropriate. Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. Call for help.


Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, gasoline or other flammable liquids immediately. Leave the area if you smell gas or fumes from other chemicals.


Inspect the entire length of chimneys for damage. Check your chimney over its entire  length for cracks & damage, particularly in the attic and at the roof line. Unnoticed  damage could lead to a fire or collapse in aftershocks.

The initial check should be made from a distance. Approach chimneys with caution.


Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and stay out of damaged areas.


Keep animals under your direct control.


Stay out of damaged buildings.


If you were away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so. Use extreme caution and examine walls, floors, doors, staircases and windows to check for damage.


Be careful when driving after an earthquake and anticipate traffic light outages.


Leave the area if you smell gas or fumes from other chemicals.


If water  is off,  emergency water may be obtained from melted ice cubes, from canned  vegetables, from toilet tanks (if no  sanitizing  chemicals have been  added), from  swimming pools and spas,  and from water heaters (strain  this water through a clean handkerchief first).


Check to see that sewage lines are intact before permitting continued flushing of toilets.


Do not  eat or drink anything from open containers near shattered glass. Liquids can be strained through a clean  handkerchief or cloth if  the danger of glass contamination exists.


If power is off, check your freezer and plan meals to use up foods which will spoil quickly.


Use outdoor charcoal or propane broilers  for emergency cooking. Do  not bring these items indoors. The accumulation of fumes from their use can be deadly.


Do not  go sightseeing. Do not use your vehicle unless there is a genuine emergency.  Keep the streets clear for emergency vehicles.


Inspect utilities.

  • Check for gas leaks.If you smell gas or hear blowing or hissing noise, open a window and quickly leave the building. Turn off the gas at the outside main valve if you can and call the gas company from a neighbor's home. If you turn off the gas for any reason, it must be turned back on by a professional.


  • Look for electrical system damage.If you see sparks or broken or frayed wires, or if you smell hot insulation, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker. If you have to step in water to get to the fuse box or circuit breaker, call an electrician first for advice.


  • Check for sewage and water lines damage.If you suspect sewage lines are damaged, avoid using the toilets and
  • call a plumber. If water pipes are damaged, contact the water company and avoid using water from the tap. You can obtain safe water by melting ice cubes.



Disaster Preparedness is as Simple as A-B-C

A - Always be informed by listening to USA Emergency Broadcasting Network at

B - Build a Disaster Kit ; USAEBN Marketplace has the equipment that you need

C- Create a Family Emergency Plan; Attend training offered by USAEBN's Prep Academy


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