earthquakes can be unsettling and frightening, but major earthquakes can be
downright dangerous. Do you know how to keep your family safe if an earthquake
occurs? We’ve put together some safety tips that you all can discuss to come up
with an emergency plan.
Before an Earthquake
Keep emergency supplies on hand, including non-perishable
food, bottled water, medications, first aid supplies, a weather radio,
flashlights, extra batteries and more.
If you live in an area with a high risk for earthquakes,
anchor down heavy items like large appliances and furniture.
Organize your home with safety in mind. Keep heavy objects
on lower shelves and keep breakables in cabinets with latched doors.
During an Earthquake
Stay indoors when possible. It’s safest to take shelter
under a sturdy table or along an interior, structural wall, away from falling
objects. Keep away from windows. If you’re cooking, turn off the stove/oven and
When outdoors, go to an open area that’s far away from
buildings, trees and power lines that could fall on you.
If you’re driving, pull over to an open area. Do not stop
under bridges or overpasses, near trees or under large signs. Wait it out in
After an Earthquake
Attend to any injuries and check for damage around your
home. If the structural integrity of the building appears to be damaged, leave
If you suspect a gas leak, turn off the gas and report the
leak to both the gas company and fire department.
If the power is out, unplug everything you have safe access
to. If you notice any frayed wires or see sparks, turn off the electricity at
the breaker box.
Protect your home and family. Call Salzberg
Insurance Agency at (757) 583-1828 for more information on Norfolk earthquake insurance.