Earthquakes hit without warning and typically last about 30 seconds, so be prepared to ACT QUICKLY. St. Charles County homeowners are advised to carry earthquake insurance.
- Map of the area
- Special needs, for example, diapers or formula, prescription medicines and copies of prescriptions, hearing aid batteries, spare wheelchair battery, spare eyeglasses or other physical needs
- Duct tape, plastic sheeting, scissors
- Toilet paper, paper and/or cloth towels
If you have additional space, consider adding some of the items from your Evacuation Supplies Kit.
Earthquake survival tips
- TAKE COVER IMMEDIATELY within 10 feet of where you are.
- Stay clear of anything that could fall down, tip over or break off. Most earthquake injuries are caused by falling objects and debris.
- Do not run into or out of buildings.
- Be prepared for aftershocks.
Safest place inside:
Under a sturdy table or desk. Hold on to it until the shaking stops. Second safest place is a strong, supported doorway.
Safest place outdoors:
Away from buildings, overpasses, bridges, powerlines, telephone or light poles or anything that could fall. Kneel and wait until the shaking stops.
Safest place in a car:
On the roadside clear of traffic and away from overpasses, bridges, powerlines, telephone or light poles, signs or anything that could fall.
- "Drop, Cover and Hold On!" (PDF) - Seven steps for earthquake safety guide
After the earthquake
At home, only use a flashlight to check the house for problems such as burst pipes, structural damage or gas leaks. If you smell gas, DO NOT turn on lights or strike a match.