There are four basic steps you can take to be more prepared for an earthquake:
Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items.
Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency.
Organize disaster supplies in convenient locations.
Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance.
These are recommended by the Earthquake Country Alliance, in which USGS is a partner.
Learn more: USGS Earthquake Hazards Program - Prepare