Be Safe DURING
Be Safe AFTER
There can be serious hazards after an earthquake, such as damage to the building, leaking gas and water lines, or downed power lines.
Until you are sure there are no gas leaks, do not re-enter your residence. Also, do not use open flames (lighters, matches, candles, or grills) or operate any electrical or mechanical device that can create a spark (light switches, generators). Never use the following indoors: camp stoves, gas lanterns or heaters, gas or charcoal grills, or gas generators. These can release deadly carbon monoxide or be a fire hazard in aftershocks.
Following aftershocks, continue to check for gas leaks, chemical spills, damaged electrical wiring, and broken water pipes. Take pictures of any damage to your property or residence. Contact your insurance agent right away to begin your claims process. Keep records of any repair or cleaning costs. Remember to update your out-of-area contact of your status. If the power is off, plan meals to use up refrigerated and frozen foods first. Save canned goods for later. If your water is off or unsafe, you can drink from water heaters, melted ice cubes, or canned vegetables.