Home Safety: Earthquake Preparedness

It is imperative to adequately prepare for an earthquake as they strike suddenly without warning. Taking the proper precautions can be the difference between life and death. It is recommended that individuals in earthquake-prone regions possess an earthquake kit with sufficient supplies to last three days. It is also recommended to fasten down heavy furniture and shelves as well as keep dangerous, heavy objects low to the ground. These measures can both prevent injury and secure valuable property. It is important to take the threat of earthquake devastation seriously as earthquakes can occur at any time of day at any time of year. Additionally, it is estimated that 45 states and territories of the Unites States are at moderate to high risk of experiencing an earthquake. The National Earthquake Information Center estimates that 12,000 to 14,000 earthquakes happen every year which averages out to 35 per day. The following resources can help keep you safe in the event of an earthquake.

Earthquake Preparedness

Preparing Your Business?

Preparing for Driving After Disasters?

Shaking Maps

  • ShakeMap: provides almost real-time ground maps and shaking intensity of specific areas after an earthquake.
  • Southern California: a shake map of Southern California after a significant earthquake.
  • Did You Feel It?: a community-made shake map of the 2001 Nisqually, WA earthquake.
  • Utah Shaking Maps: a report of shaking maps and diagrams from the Salt Lake Valley of Utah.

Liquefaction Maps

Other Natural Hazards?

  • Tsunami: an overview of the characteristics and devastation of tsunamis.
  • Tornados: a meteorological look at the science or tornadoes as well as images.
  • Wildfires: an article on the impact of climate change on the frequency of wildfires.

Hazmat Incidents and Dam Failure After Earthquakes


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