Earthquake Survival Guide: Preparing for “The Big One”



In the month of March and April the state of California has experienced more than 100 after shocks, reported Whether you are at home, work, or in the car, the actions we take during an earthquake can make a life or death difference. “Teach yourself and family members to react automatically when the shaking starts,” reported  Here are some tips to help you survive an earthquake, according to


  1. If you’re indoors stay inside, do not run outside or to other rooms during shaking.
  2.  Drop onto your hands and knees
  3. Get down near an interior wall
  4. Cover your head and neck
  5. Get under a sturdy shelter and hold on to it

6.  Do not stand in a doorway


  1. If you are outside stay outside.
  2. Get down low
  3. Avoid windows, facades, and architectural details
  4. Avoid exterior walls

In the Car

  1. Set the parking break
  2. Turn on the radio for emergency broadcast information
  3. If a power line falls stay inside the car until a trained person removes the wire
  4. Avoid utility poles,  overhead wires, and under-or overpasses
  5. When you drive on watch out for cracks in the pavement, utility poles, wires, rising water levels and collapsed bridges

“In most emergencies you should be able to stay in your home. Plan to be able to look after yourself for at least three days or more,” stated In case of an earthquake you want to be prepared.  Here are lists of supplies to have at home, in the car and at work, according to


  • Nonperishable packaged or canned food
  • A gallon of water per person per day (Replace every six months and count pets as family members)
  • Manual can opener
  • First aid kit and handbook
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes
  • Portable radio and flashlight, with spare batteries
  • Essential medications
  • List of family physicians and the style and serial number of medical devices, such as pacemakers
  • Cash (small bills and coins)

In the Car:

  • Matches and lighter
  • Walking shoes and extra socks
  • Bottled water
  • Nonperishable food
  • Manual can opener
  • Transistor radio, flashlight and extra batteries
  •  First aid kit
  • Change of clothes


  • Dry food, such as candy bars, dried fruit, jerky and crackers
  •  Water or orange juice
  • Tennis shoes or walking shoes
  •  First aid kit
  • Flashlight and portable radio with extra batteries
  • Matches
  • Small and large plastic bags
  • Toiletries
  • Entertainment pack of family photos, notebooks, reading material and games