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We Can’t PREDICT Them …
►We Can’t PREVENT Them …
►We Can Only PREPARE for
Them …
Annual Earthquake Review
►Review YOUR Home / Environment
►Replenish Supplies
►Involve Your Family & Others
►Discuss Plans
►Get Prepared & Practice What To Do
►Practice Drills to Increase Your Chances of
Safety & Survival !
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•Take Cover & Hold On
•Shout Out to Others to Take
•Avoid Objects that May Fall
•Avoid Fireplaces
•Expect Aftershocks
•Use Sturdy Shoes
•Open Doors Cautiously
•Cooperate with Public
Safety Efforts
Preparing at Home
► Secure Heavy Furniture & Items
► Stock Up on Water & Food Supplies
► Set Up Emergency Items (Flashlights, First Aid
Kids, Rx Meds, Eyeglasses, Pet Food, etc)
Out-of-Town Contact Plan
► Know How to Switch Off Gas, Electricity,
► Discuss Plans with Family* & Others
* Family can be: Roommates, Friends, Neighbors, etc.



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First Aid Kits
are available in
various sizes
Make Your
Own Kits
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During an Earthquake
► Outside: Stand Away
from Buildings, Trees,
Falling Debris, Telephone
and Power Lines
► On the Road: Stop in
Safe Area, Avoid
Underpasses and
► Stay In Vehicle &
Engage Hand Brake
After the Quake
►Identify Injuries in your home
►Extinguish Fires
►Evacuate When Safe & Clear
►Depending on level of quake,
plans will vary
►Headcount & Determine
Who’s Missing
Car Mini-Survival Kit
►Non-Perishable Food / Energy Bars
►Bottled Water
►First Aid Kit
►Emergency Blanket
►Sealable Plastic Bags / Roll of Toilet
►Flashlight (Fresh Batteries)
►Pre-Moistened Towelettes / Sanitizers
►Sturdy Shoes or Boots
Picture of a Flower with a vase on a tableAlso . . .
Relocate Beds so they are
not directly under large
windows or heavy objects
► Quake Gels & Adhesives
► Place large & heavy objects
on lower bookshelves
► Ensure Exits are Accessible
► Fasten Heavy Items by means of hooks,
angle brackets, braided wire, velcro
► Hold Emergency Drills to familiarize everyone
with Plans
► Bolt Down or Strap Securely, Water Heaters
                                                                            & Other Gas Appliances
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Survival Items to keep on Hand*
* This recommended list of items is not intended as
a complete or comprehensive list.
► Portable Fire Escape Ladder
for 2nd floor
► Portable Radio & Batteries
► Flashlight & Batteries
► First Aid Kit (including
specific medicines needed for
members of your household;
older pair of eyeglasses)
► Fire Extinguisher
► Adjustable Wrench /Crow Bar
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►Bottle Water (you can
never have enough)
►Canned and Dried
Foods (plus pet food)
►Non-electric can opener
►Portable stove (use
only after determining
no gas leaks in the
►Matches (in a waterproof case)
    ► Etc.
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Basics for After an Earthquake
► Check for Injuries, Provide First Aid
► Check for Safety & Gas Leaks
► Wear Sturdy Shoes
► Turn on Radio & Listen
for instructions from
public safety agencies
► Use telephones Only for
► Check-in On Neighbors
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If You Have To Evacuate
► Post a Message in Clear
View Telling Where You
Can Be Found.
► Take Money, Important
Papers, Medications,
Sleeping Bag, Set of Extra
Clothes, Water
3.First Aid Kit
4.Sanitation & Hygine Tools
5. Radio
8.Clothing & Sturdy Shoes
10. Cash & Important Documents
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Some Resources
• American Red Cross www.redcross.org
• Fire Department www.lafd.org
• U.S. Dept of Homeland Security www.ready.gov
• Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
• Community Emergency Response Teams
• Front Pages of Phone Directories
• . . . and More
Thank You !
The Los Angeles Department of Aging (LADOA)
has presented this information solely for the
purposes of raising awareness and providing
practical information on preparing for an
Remember to review your kit every six (6) months!