Earthquake Preparedness Tips

Earthquake image

Stock image of earthquake damage; this is not from Fairfax County.

Since it is not possible to predict when an earthquake will occur, it is essential that you and your family are prepared ahead of time.

  • Securely fasten shelves to walls.
  • Keep large or heavy objects on lower shelves.
  • Store breakable items in lower cabinets with doors and latches.
  • Inspect and repair electrical wiring and gas connections; these can be potential fire hazards during an earthquake.
  • Secure your water heater by strapping it to wall studs and bolting it to the floor.
  • Check your home or building for structural defects and repair cracks in your ceiling and foundation.
  • Keep toxic and flammable items securely stored in cabinets with doors and latches.
  • Identify safe places in your home or office where you will ride out an earthquake. The best protection is under heavy furniture where you are protected from falling debris.
  • Learn how to turn off electricity, gas and water.
  • Get an emergency supply kit.

About Fairfax County Emergency Information

Official emergency information about preparedness, response and recovery from Fairfax County Government.