Frequently Asked Questions

What is earthquake readiness?


Earthquake readiness means implementing measures and practices to be ready for earthquakes before they happen. The aim of earthquake readiness is to simplify decision-making when an earthquake takes place. The process involves taking the steps to identify, evaluate and make plans to react to a wide spectrum of situations. Plans are dynamic and should be regularly assessed and updated to reflect a dynamic environment.


Are earthquake readiness exercises effective?


Yes, earthquake readiness exercises have demonstrated to be effective during actual earthquakes. Various examples have showed that proper training, drills, and exercises are crucial to survival.


Are practice drills necessary?


By preparing and practicing what to do if an earthquake occurs, you and your loved ones can be sure to react properly and automatically.


What can I do to prepare for an earthquake?


Make sure that you learn the safe spots in every room and floor of your home or building. If you have children, be certain that you allocate sufficient time to practice going to these safe spots. By regularly having earthquake drills, you will be able to help your children learn about what they should do in case they are left by themselves when an earthquake strikes. Be sure that both you and your children also understand their school’s emergency procedures.


What if conditions don’t allow for an evacuation?


Evacuation is not the only protective action available to you during an earthquake. In certain cases, sheltering may offer protection that is equal to or even better than evacuation. Sheltering may be the ideal protective action especially in circumstances where weather, risky events, or other undesirable situations are debilitating factors.


What do I do after an earthquake?


Be ready for aftershocks since they may still lead to damage and injuries for hours to months after the initial quake. If you are able to, try to help injured or trapped persons. Make sure that you have a battery operated radio or television to gather emergency information. Never stay inside damaged buildings and structures. Make sure that telephone lines are clear only for emergency calls.