Activity: Home Hazard Hunt
It is very important to be prepared before an earthquake. They happen without warning, so you have to be ready. Many people are hurt during earthquakes from things falling on them or from other hazards caused by the earthquake. To protect yourself and your family, it is necessary to prepare your home for an earthquake.
Activity: Practicing Safety
Drop, Cover and Hold
During an earthquake, the best way to protect yourself is to use the "Drop, Cover and Hold" technique.
Drop to the ground and under a sturdy piece of furniture such as a table.
Cover your face with your arm to protect it.
Hold onto the furniture until the shaking stops.
Practice "Drop, Cover and Hold" at least twice a year. Teach this technique to the other people who live in your home.
Activity: The Safe Place
People who try to move from one room to another during an earthquake are more likely to get hurt. To stay safe, you should choose a "safe place" to be during an earthquake. You should have a safe place in each room of your home. The safe place should be:
- Away from windows that may shatter.
- Away from bookcases or other furniture that could tip over.
- Away from framed pictures, mirrors or other objects that could fall on you.
Draw a picture of a room in your house and point out the safe place. Do this with your family for each room.