Jan. 23, 2020—Earthquakes can happen anywhere—and without warning. That's why Puerto Rico's 6.4 magnitude earthquake on Jan. 7 is such a powerful reminder to be as prepared as possible.
This advice from Ready.gov can help keep you, your family and your property safe if an earthquake strikes.
What to do before a quake
Planning for an earthquake can help you survive one. Focus on:
1. Learning the signs. In an earthquake, you may experience a shaking or rolling motion in the walls, floor or ground. That movement may grow more intense within seconds. If you try to move, you may be knocked off your feet. You may also hear noises that sound as though a big truck or train is passing nearby.
2. Establishing a communication plan. Decide on where—and how—to meet with family members if you get separated.
3. Practicing these three earthquake survival steps with your family:
4. Making an emergency supply kit. At a minimum, have on hand:
5. Ready your home. Secure heavy items that might fall or fly and cause injuries, like bookcases, refrigerators, televisions, light fixtures and mirrors. Store heavy and breakable items on low shelves. Consider an earthquake insurance policy—standard homeowners' insurance policies don't cover earthquake damage.
When an earthquake starts
Protect yourself as quickly as possible. Here's what you should do, depending on where you are:
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