The Great ShakeOut: Step One – The Hazard Hunt

Earthquake shaking can move almost anything, even large heavy items. Imagine your home being picked up and shaken sideways. You get the idea. Start now by moving furniture such as bookcases away from beds, sofas or anywhere people often sit. Move heavy items to low shelves.

Then continue your hazard hunt” to help identify and fix things such as unsecured televisions, computers, bookcases, furniture, unstrapped water heaters etc. According to a study from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), 55% of the injuries during the 1994 Northridge earthquake were caused by falling furniture or objects.

Try securing one item per week. Start with the easy ones you can do yourself or with minimal assistance. For a complete list of items to secure and how to do it click here:

The best way to be prepared is to practice. Watch for daily updates and plan to participate in the 2018 Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on October 18 at 10:18 am.