What to do Before, During, and After an Earthquake


Before the Quake

Develop a family earthquake plan. Prepare yourself, your family and your home by completing the activities on this checklist. Decide how and where your family will reunite if separate. Choose an out-of-state friend or relative that separated family members can call after the quake to report their whereabouts and condition. Conduct practice drills. Physically place yourself in safe locations. Keep a list of emergency phone numbers

» Read more

Emergency Food Supplies


As part if your preparations for an earthquake you should prepare an emergency food supply that will last each individual several days or as much as a week. Use foods that your family likes. Canned foods, dry mixes, dehydrated fruit, etc. that are normally used will do just fine. Try for a balance meal approach. Don’t forget a manual can opener in the event of a power outage. Foods stored in dark, cool areas lasts longer. Rotate food items from storage at least once or twice a year to avoid spoilage and keep freshness. It may be helpful to write the date on the items the day they were stored.


Packing food for Burning ManPerishable foods such as milk, meats, etc. that are normally stored under refrigeration will spoil quickly without it. If still cold, these foods should be used first. Foods in freezers can last several days without power if the door is not opened frequently.


If perishable foods lose refrigeration and become warm, DO NOT USE. Bacteria grows rapidly without refrigeration, and may cause food poisoning.

If canned foods have been damaged and are bulging or leaking, DO NOT USE.

DO NOT USE food from open containers where broken glass is present, have or where household chemicals have spilled.

Unsealed containers and those that have been punctured by rodents or have rodent droppings should NOT be used.

There are several reputable suppliers of prepared emergency food supplies for individuals, families and business. Check your Yellow Pages for a distributor nearest you.


Modified from: San Mateo County Department of Health Services

How To Make a Family Earthquake Plan

Family Earthquake Plan

Plan Responsibilities

There will be many things to take care of after a severe earthquake. Make plans with family, friends, and neighbors, assigning specific responsibilities to each person. Talk about the possibilities that may occur and develop plans for assisting those in greater need. Remember that it may be difficult to get around after an earthquake, so each person’s task needs to be related to where he or she may be and what they are capable of doing. It is also very important to do earthquake drills regularly.

» Read more

Strap the Water Heater

Strap the Water Heater

Strapping your water heater and making sure it is fitted with flexible gas supply line will greatly reduce the danger of fire or explosion from a gas leak after an earthquake. If your water heater does not have a flexible gas supply line, contact a licensed plumber to install one. Your water heater is also a source of fresh water in case your outside water is disrupted. In California, strapping the water heater is the law.

These instructions are intended to act as a guild in strapping a 30-40 gallon water heater within 12″ of a wall stud:

» Read more

Is earthquake insurance necessary?

Is Earthquake Insurance Necessary?

When people think of earthquakes, they automatically think of the state of California. However, anyone that watches the news regularly will know that earthquakes happen all around the world. Statically speaking, on average there is about 5 thousand earthquakes that happen in the United States every year. Though some areas are more prone to earthquakes, they can happen just about anywhere because there are countless fault lines that run from the east coast of the United States to the west coast. Because earthquake can happen anywhere, a person may be asking themselves if earthquake insurance is necessary.


» Read more

Earthquake insurance

 Earthquake Insurance

If I don’t live along the fault line in California, Oregon and Washington, why would I need to consider earthquake insurance? That is a very good question so let’s share some facts about earthquakes. Although the west coast is an active earthquake area in the U.S., other hotspots are known for their activity. Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming, also in the west, but moving east there are known hotspots in Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina and much of Hawaii and Alaska.

» Read more