How to Survive an Earthquake

Surviving an Earthquake
Surviving an Earthquake


Make your home safe from earthquakes. Most people get injured or killed because of falling debris or building collapsing. Here are some important survival tips:

  • If you are visiting an area where earthquakes occur, at the very least, know the evacuation plan or exits wherever you are staying.
  • Take the time to know and locate safe places closest to you.
  • Start to think about where you would go that would best protect you from falling objects (door frames, strong and sturdy looking furniture, etc).
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If you live in an area where earthquakes occur, take the time to prepare by doing the following:

  • Fasten big and heavy furniture to the wall with anchor bolts.
  • Place heavier objects closer to the floor or on lower shelves.
  • Glass items such as mirrors need to be tightly fastened and away from where people sit, sleep or walk when attempting to find the nearest safety exit.
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  • Secure anything that could be flammable or potentially explosive.
  • Make sure you have gas and electrical appliances tightly fastened and bolted down securely.

These are some things to look for and take care of before an earthquake occurs. These precautions could potentially help keep your family safe from injury or even death.


If you are in a vehicle during an earthquake, here are some important survival tips:

  • Stay Calm.
  • Slow down, carefully pull over to the side of the road then safely stop.
  • Avoid stopping along buildings, on or near overpasses, bridges, power lines, lakes, or ponds.
  • Remain in your car with your seat belt tightly fastened until the earthquake stops.
  • Start gathering information using the radio or your cell phone.
  • After assessing that the situation is safe and you are no longer in danger, proceed with caution.

These are some things to look for and take care of before an earthquake occurs. These precautions could potentially help keep your loved ones safe from injury or even death.

How to Prepare

Unfortunately earthquakes tend to happen without warning. The one thing to always know and be ready for is the aftershock that usually comes after the initial quake. Either way, it’s good to have a game plan and prepare for the unknown.

  1. Get Information

Know what to do after an earthquake. Know and learn what local, state and federal resources are available to you and where you can go to get help, if any. Keep in mind that resources may be limited so try not to rely on government entities to offer much help or assistance in the beginning.

  1. Have A Plan

Discuss and train before an earthquake occurs and make all attempts to be prepared as much as possible. Every family member should have a role to play and know what to do before, during and after an earthquake occurs. Make sure they know the location of all emergency kits, where to meet, who to contact, and much more. Here are some questions to consider:

  • Who will be in charge and give instructions and directions on the search and recovery?
  • What exits are closest to you and how will you safely get out?
  • When is it a good time to start start moving around or start evacuating?
  • Where will you go or where will everyone meet up? Is there a rally point?
  • Why do we need a plan? why do I need to learn what to do?

Surviving an earthquake

Having a well thought out plan can have a major impact on the outcome of an emergency.

  1. Prepare An Emergency Kit

The kit should contain the following basic items:

  • food
  • water
  • fire
  • shelter
  • first aid/medications
  • communication
  • alternative energy source
  • clothing
  • weapons
  • gear

Prepare an emergency kit (or several kits) with enough resources to last at least 3 days. If possible, keep at least 2 different kits so that family members can have options of reaching them. Take into consideration the family member count and what particular items are considered essential to survive (medications, certain types of foods, etc).

Part of being a good citizen is not being dependent on the government, especially after a disaster. Emergency services will be stretched extremely thin in the aftermath of a such a disastrous event. Preparing for an emergency allows first res-ponders to help those who truly need assistance instead of helping you who (now) knows better and could have prepared for the unknown.

If you have a family, you are well acquainted with the responsibility that comes with caring for them. Preparing for a disaster is simply part of providing for and protecting your family. Not to prepare would be like failing to provide a warm coat for your child on a bitterly cold winter day.