Earthquake Survival

What to do if you feel an Earthquake: DROP, COVER and HOLD

Seismo Magnus

What to do before, during and after an earthquake, and preparing an earthquake survival kit for your home, automobile, and office.


  • Have an earthquake survival kit on hand.
  • All family members should know how to turn off gas, water, and electricity.
  • Plan family emergency procedures, and make plans for reuniting your family.
  • Know emergency telephone numbers (doctor, hospital, police, 911, etc)
  • Anchor heavy objects to walls (bookcases, wall units, mirrors, cabinets, etc.)
  • Never place heavy objects over beds, and keep heavy objects lower than head height of shortest member of family.


  • Inside, stand in doorway, or crouch under a desk or table, well away from windows or glass dividers.
  • Outside, stand away from buildings, trees, telephones and electrical lines.
  • On the road, drive away from underpasses and overpasses; stop in safe area; stay in vehicle.


  • Check for injuries-provide first aid.
  • Check for safety-check for gas, water, sewage breaks; check for downed power lines and shorts; turn off appropriate utilities.
  • Check for building damage and potential problems during aftershocks.
  • Clean up dangerous spills.
  • Wear shoes
  • Turn on the radio and listen for instructions from public safety agencies.
  • Use telephone for emergencies, only.

Earthquake Survival Kits


  • Water-2 quarts to 1 gallon per person, per day.
  • First Aid Kit-ample, and freshly stocked.
  • First Aid Manual-know how to use it.
  • Food-canned or individually packaged;precooked, requiring minimum heat and water.
  • Consider infants, pets, and other special dietary requirements.
  • Critical medication, extra eyeglasses
  • Can opener
  • Blankets
  • Radio-portable battery operated, spare batteries
  • Critical medication and eyeglasses, contact cases and supplies
  • Fire Extinguisher-dry chemical, type ABC
  • Flashlight-spare batteries and bulbs
  • Watch or clock-battery or spring wound.


  • Barbeque-use outdoors ONLY-charcoal and lighter, or Sterno stove
  • Plastic bags-various sizes, sealable
  • Pots-at least two
  • Paper plates, plastic utensils, and paper towels SANITATION
  • Large plastic trash bags-for trash, waste, water protection
  • Ground cloth
  • Large trash cans
  • Hand soap, liquid detergent, shampoo
  • Toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine supplies
  • Infant supplies
  • Toilet paper
  • Powdered chlorinated lime-to add to sewage to disinfect and keep away insects.
  • Newspapers-to wrap waste, garbage; may also be used for warmth.


  • Heavy shoes for every family member
  • Heavy gloves for every person cleaning debris
  • Candles
  • Matches-dipped in wax and kept in waterproof container
  • Knife-sharp, or razor blades
  • Garden hose-for siphoning and fire fighting
  • Clothes-complete change kept dry


  • Axe
  • Shovel
  • Broom
  • Crescent wrench-for turning off gas main
  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers
  • Hammer
  • Rope or bailing wire
  • Plastic tape
  • Pen and paper

Mini Survival Kit for Automobile

  • Non-perishable food-store in coffee cans
  • Boiled water
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Blanket
  • Sealable plastic bags
  • Flashlight-spare fresh batteries and bulb
  • Critical medication, extra eyeglasses
  • Tools-screwdriver, pliers, wire, knife
  • Short rubber hose
  • Pre-moistened towelettes
  • Feminine supplies
  • Sturdy shoes and gloves

Your emergency supplies should be adequate for at least 72 hours (3 days).

A 10-day supply of water, food, and medicine is recommended.