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Earthquake Preparedness

Alaska experiences over 20,000 earthquakes per year, so it is important to know what to do if a large one occurs. 

Before an Earthquake strikes:

  • Prepare a disaster supply kit - at home, at work, and for your car.

  • Secure bookcases, file cabinets, pictures, mirrors, etc. to walls. Include hot water heaters and other appliances, which could move and rupture gas or electrical lines.

  • Know where to locate switches and how to turn off home gas, electricity, and water.

  • Develop a family plan for disasters.

  • Practice earthquake safety drills.

  • Be able to take care of yourself and your family for 5 to 7 days after a disaster, before emergency services may be able to reach you.

  • Know basic first aid.

  • Know emergency phone numbers.

  • Know how to open and close an automatic garage door manually.

During an Earthquake:

  • Stay calm and stay where you are; if inside, stay inside; if outside, stay outside;

    • If inside: DROP - COVER – HOLD ON Take cover under a heavy desk or against an inside wall away from glass and falling objects.

    • If outside: Safely move to a clear area, away from buildings, over passes, signs, utility lines and trees. Sit on the ground; do not stand up.

    • On the road: Drive away from underpasses and overpasses. Stop in a safe area. Stay in your vehicle.

After an Earthquake:

  • Be prepared for aftershocks.

  • Listen to the radio for public safety instructions; tune into KFQD 750 AM.

  • Check for injuries and provide first aid.

  • Check for safety hazards: gas or water leaks, sewage breaks, downed power lines, etc. Check for any building damage & evacuate if dangerous.

  • Properly clean-up spilled medicines, bleaches, and other hazardous materials.