The Great ShakeOut: Step Two – Plan to Be Safe

Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency. Make sure that your emergency plan includes evacuation and reunion plans; your out-of-state contact person’s name and number; the location of your emergency supplies and other pertinent information.

The following list will get you started:

Keep shoes and a working flashlight next to each bed.

Get a fire extinguisher for your home.

Teach everyone in your household to use emergency whistles and/or to knock three times repeatedly if trapped.

Identify the needs of household members and neighbors with special requirements or situations, such as use of a wheelchair, walking aids, special diets, or medication.

Know the location of utility shutoffs and keep needed tools nearby. Make sure you know how to turn off the gas, water, and electricity to your home. Only turn off the gas if you smell or hear leaking gas.

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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.