First Thing to Do in an Earthquake

If an Earthquake Strikes in Your Area, the First Four Things You Should Do After the Shaking Stops are Listed Below, but Which One Should You Do First?

  • Check for Injuries
  • Check for Fires
  • Check for Gas Leaks
  • TEST
  • Check for Water Leaks

Answer: Check for Injuries

Once you’re confident that you’re not injured or in any immediate danger from debris, you’ll want to look for fire first, followed by gas leaks and water leaks. If you can hear or see any water or gas leaking where it shouldn’t be, find your main water and/or gas line valves and shut them off.

If you don’t know where your water and gas shut off valves are now, don’t wait for an emergency to go searching for them.

Be sure to locate your main water and gas shut-off valves as soon as you move into a new location. Show the family where they are and make a mental note. If you live in an area prone to earthquakes, it’s also a good idea to do earthquake drills as a family, so that panic is limited and everyone can respond safely.