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.