Minor earthquakes can be unsettling and frightening, but major earthquakes can be downright dangerous. Do you know how to keep your family safe if an earthquake occurs? We’ve put together some safety tips that you all can discuss to come up with an emergency plan.

Before an Earthquake

·         Keep emergency supplies on hand, including non-perishable food, bottled water, medications, first aid supplies, a weather radio, flashlights, extra batteries and more.

·         If you live in an area with a high risk for earthquakes, anchor down heavy items like large appliances and furniture.

·         Organize your home with safety in mind. Keep heavy objects on lower shelves and keep breakables in cabinets with latched doors.

During an Earthquake

·         Stay indoors when possible. It’s safest to take shelter under a sturdy table or along an interior, structural wall, away from falling objects. Keep away from windows. If you’re cooking, turn off the stove/oven and take cover.

·         When outdoors, go to an open area that’s far away from buildings, trees and power lines that could fall on you.

·         If you’re driving, pull over to an open area. Do not stop under bridges or overpasses, near trees or under large signs. Wait it out in your car.

After an Earthquake

·         Attend to any injuries and check for damage around your home. If the structural integrity of the building appears to be damaged, leave immediately.

·         If you suspect a gas leak, turn off the gas and report the leak to both the gas company and fire department.

·         If the power is out, unplug everything you have safe access to. If you notice any frayed wires or see sparks, turn off the electricity at the breaker box.

Protect your home and family. Call Salzberg Insurance Agency at (757) 583-1828 for more information on Norfolk earthquake insurance.

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