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What can I do to be prepared for an earthquake?

There are four basic steps you can take to be more prepared for an earthquake:

Step 1:

Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items.

Step 2:

Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency.

Step 3:

Organize disaster supplies in convenient locations.

Step 4:

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