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What do I do AFTER an earthquake?


  • to avoid injury from broken glass and debris. Expect aftershocks


  • If a person is bleeding, put direct pressure on the wound, use clean gauze or cloth if available
  • If a person is not breathing administer CPR
  • DO NOT attempt to move seriously injured persons unless they are in further danger of injury
  • COVER injured persons with blankets to keep warm
  • SEEK medical help for serious injuries


  • Fire hazards--put out fires in your home or neighborhood immediately, call for help
  • Gas leaks--shut off main gas valve ONLY if you suspect a leak because of broken pipes or odor
  • Damaged electrical wiring--Shut off power at the control box if there is any danger to house wiring
  • Downed or damaged utility lines--do not touch downed power lines or any objects in contact with them
  • SPILLS--clean up any spilled medicines, drugs, or other harmful materials such as bleach, lye, gas
  • DOWNED OR DAMAGED CHIMNEYS--Approach with caution--don't use damaged chimney (it could start a fire or let poisonous gases into your house)
  • FALLEN ITEMS--beware of items tumbling off shelves when you open doors of closets and cupboards
  • CHECK FOOD AND WATER SUPPLIES--Do not eat or drink anything from open containers near shattered glass
  • If power is off, plan meals to use up foods that will spoil quickly or frozen foods (food in the freezer should be good for at least a couple of days)
  • Don't light your kitchen stove if you suspect a gas leak
  • USE BBQ or camp stoves, outdoors only for emergency cooking
  • If your water is off you can drink supplies from water heaters, melted ice cubes or canned vegetables (AVOID drinking water from swimming pools or especially spas--it may have too many chemicals in it to be safe)