The Great Colorado ShakeOut - Drop-Cover-Hold On!

What to do before, during, and after an earthquake

2017-07-09 | CGS Admin

Earthquakes strike suddenly, violently, and without warning. While Colorado is not as seismically active as some places, it does have a history of earthquake activity. Identifying potential hazards ahead of time and advance planning can reduce the dangers of serious injury or loss of life from an earthquake. Repairing deep plaster cracks in ceilings and foundations, anchoring overhead lighting fixtures to the ceiling, and following local seismic building standards, will help reduce the impact of earthquakes.

Six Ways to Plan Ahead

1.) Check for Hazards in the Home

2.) Identify Safe Places Indoors and Outdoors

3.) Educate Yourself and Family Members

4.) Have Disaster Supplies on Hand

5.) Develop an Emergency Communications Plan

6.) Help Your Community Get Ready

What To Do During an Earthquake

Stay as safe as possible during an earthquake. Be aware that some earthquakes are actually foreshocks and a larger earthquake might occur. Minimize your movements to a few steps to a nearby safe place and stay indoors until the shaking has stopped and you are sure exiting is safe.

If indoors

If outdoors

If in a moving vehicle

If trapped under debris

What To Do After an Earthquake

Refer to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) earthquake preparedness web site for further information.

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