Be prepared for an earthquake with these tips!

Along with wildfires and flash floods, Californians are subject to earthquakes. While mother nature can’t be tamed, you can make sure that you’re prepared for a disaster. Ensure that you and your family know what to do in the event of an earthquake and check out these earthquake preparedness tips.

When an earthquake hits, drop, cover, and hold on. Find a safe place away from windows and doors, and find a place where you can protect your head. Stay put until the shaking stops. If you’re outside during an earthquake, be sure to find a safe spot away anything that can topple onto you and drop to the ground.

Before an earthquake hits, take precautions to keep your loved ones safe.

  • Secure large items. Bolt and brace all your furniture. With all the shaking, large items can topple over landing on you or others. Securing such items helps to reduce your risk. From your bookcase to your television to your refrigerator, ensure that they won’t go anywhere if an earthquake hits.
  • Rearrange your furniture. Don’t keep a bookcase or heavy picture frames near beds in your home. They could fall and land on you causing serious injury.
  • Make a plan. Discuss with your family what to do when a disaster strikes. Know how to evacuate the area, where to meet and how to get in contact with one another if you get separated. Plus, it’s a good idea to practice. Drop and cover under a piece of furniture like a table and cover your neck.
  • Keep an emergency kit. Make sure that you have emergency supplies on hand. Water, food, first aid kits, flashlight, blankets, and important information should all be readily available. It’s also a good idea to have a flashlight and a pair of tennis shoes near your bed in case an earthquake happens in the middle of the night.

Ensure that you’re ready for an earthquake. Keep up on your safety tips and ensure that you purchase earthquake insurance. Contact the professionals at Randy Jones Insurance Services, in Pleasanton, California, for assistance finding the right insurance policy for your needs.