How Do You Prepare for an Earthquake?


To prepare for an earthquake, prepare your house by placing objects to minimize falling damage. Draft an emergency plan, and practice earthquake drills. During an earthquake, drop to your hands and knees, cover your head and neck, and hold on.

  1. Prepare your home for earthquakes

    Prepare your home for earthquakes by arranging objects to minimize any falling damage. This includes fastening shelves and large appliances to the walls and floor. Place heavy or breakable objects on lower shelves or in closed cabinets. Don't hang objects over beds, sofas or other places you may be seated.

  2. Practice earthquake drills

    Make an emergency plan with your family, and build an emergency kit. During earthquake drills, practice going to safe spots, such as under a sturdy table or against an inside wall.

  3. Drop, cover, and hold on

    During an earthquake, minimize your movements to a few steps to a close safe place. If you are indoors, stay there. Drop to your hands and knees. Cover your head and neck with your arms to protect yourself. If you can move safely, crawl under additional cover. Hold on to any form of sturdy shelter until the shaking stops. If you are in bed, stay there, and cover your head and neck with a pillow. If you are outdoors, move away from buildings, streetlights and utility wires if possible, and then drop, cover, and hold on until the shaking stops.