The Earthquake Country Alliance has prepared seven steps for people to take before, during and after an earthquake.
Step 1: Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing movable items.
Step 2: Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency.
Step 3: Organize disaster supplies in convenient locations.
Step 4: Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property and considering insurance.
Step 5: Drop, cover and hold on when the earth shakes.
Step 6: Improve safety after earthquakes by evacuating if necessary, helping the injured, and preventing further injuries or damage.
Step 7: Restore daily life by reconnecting with others, repairing damage and rebuilding community.
For more information, visit http://earthquakecountry.org.