Earthquakes can occur at any moment leaving your community in disarray. It is important that you prepare yourself, your volunteers, and your nonprofit today for potential earthquakes. There are many tasks that need to be completed to help ease the disarray and catastrophic mess of an earthquake later.
BEFORE AN EARTHQUAKE
- Prepare an emergency kit and make a nonprofit communication plan.
- Fasten shelves securely and place large or heavy objects on lower shelves.
- Breakable items should be stored in low, closed cabinets with a latch.
- Heavy wall items should be attached securely and away from beds, couches, or anywhere people might be underneath.
- Brace overhead light fixtures and top-heavy lamps.
- Have defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections repaired by a qualified professional.
- Secure water heater, refrigerator, furnace and gas appliances with strapping or bolting. If recommended by your gas company, have an automatic vibration shut-off valve installed.
- Keep cracks in ceiling or foundation repaired and check often for structural defects.
- Store weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products on bottom shelves in closed cabinets with a latch.
- Locate safest spot in each room under a sturdy table or against a wall. No doorways.
- Hold volunteer earthquake drills: Drop, cover and hold on.