Tips to keep safe before, during earthquake

Humboldt County, Ca., (KIEM) Because earthquakes are so unpredictable here are some things to do to prepare and what to do once the ground starts shaking.

Here’s a compiled list of things to do according to National Geographic before an actual earthquake:

• Have an earthquake readiness plan.

• Consult a professional to learn how to make your home sturdier, such as bolting bookcases to wall studs, installing strong latches on cupboards, and strapping the water heater to wall studs.

• Locate a place in each room of the house that you can go to in case of an earthquake. It should be a spot where nothing is likely to fall on you, like a doorframe.

• Keep a supply of canned food, an up-to-date first aid kit, 3 gallons of water per person, dust masks and goggles, and a working battery-operated radio and flashlights in an accessible place.

• Know how to turn off your gas and water mains.

And after as the ground begins to shake:

• Drop down; take cover under a desk or table and hold on.

 • Stay away from windows. In a high-rise building, expect the fire alarms and sprinklers to go off during a quake.

• If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow.

• If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, and power lines. Drop to the ground.

• If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place. Stay in the car until the shaking stops.