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After an earthquake occurs, you may need to evacuate your home and/or the area. Prepare by planning and practicing for evacuation:

  • Take a few minutes with your family to discuss a home evacuation plan. Sketch a floor plan of your home and identify the main evacuation routes.
  • Plan a second way to exit from each room or area. If you need special equipment such as a rope ladder, mark where it is located.
  • Mark where your emergency food, water, first aid kits and fire extinguishers are stored.
  • Mark where the utility switches or valves are located so that they can be turned off.
  • Identify an emergency meeting place where your family can gather once they're outside of the house. Let your nearest family members know the location as well.
  • Write an emergency checklist including medicines and documents you will need to take with you if you have to evacuate.
  • Plan for your pet's needs, including food, water, bedding and any medicines.
  • Plan to lock doors and windows and turn off the utilities, but only if time permits. Your family's safety is important above all else.

    Write Down Important Information

    Make a list of important information and put it in a secure location. Include on your list:
  • Phone numbers and addresses of nearest family.
  • Emergency response telephone numbers (police, fire, paramedics and medical centers).
  • Medical information for each family member, such as allergies, regular medications, etc.
  • Bank or credit union's telephone numbers, account types and numbers.
  • Names, addresses and telephone numbers of your landlord and insurance agents, including policy types and numbers.
  • Telephone numbers of electric, gas and water companies.
  • Names and telephone numbers of neighbors.
  • Name and telephone number of your veterinarian.
  • Vehicle identification number, year, model and license number of your automobile, boat, RV, etc. 
  • Radio and television broadcast stations to tune to for emergency broadcast information.
    Gather and Store the Following Important Documents in a Fireproof Safe:
  • Birth certificates.
  • Ownership certificates.
  • Social Security cards.
  • Insurance policies.
  • Wills.
  • Household inventory, including:  

                A list of contents. 
                Photographs or videos of contents in every room. 
                Photographs of items of high value, such as jewelry, paintings and collectors' items. 
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