February is earthquake preparedness month

Earthquake Preparedness Month

February is Earthquake Preparedness Month. The most common areas for earthquakes to strike in Illinois are in the central and southern regions of the state. Make sure that your family and home are protected in the event of an earthquake.

How should I prepare my home before an earthquake?

  • Secure or move heavy paintings and mirrors situated over beds and sitting areas
  • Move heavy and fragile items to lower shelves
  • Call a professional to secure your water heater and other appliances that could move and rupture their gas or electric lines
  • Learn how to shut off gas and electricity in your home in case of a ruptured line
  • Talk with your family about what to do during an earthquake

What do I do during an earthquake?

  • DROP to your hands and knees before the earthquake knocks you down
  • COVER your head and neck and find a sturdy table or desk to hide under
    • If there is no furniture to hide under, move to an interior wall and keep your head and neck covered
  • HOLD ON to your shelter until the earthquake stops

 What should I do after an earthquake?

  • Check yourself and others for injuries
  • Check gas and electricity and, if safe, shut them off
  • Use a battery powered radio to listen for updates
  • Do NOT use matches, lighters, or candles indoors

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