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Before an Earthquake

Earthquakes take place on a daily basis around the world.

While is not possible to fully prepare for the impact of an earthquake, people who live or work in earthquake prone regions can take steps to get informed and prepare their family and property for the possibility.

Know the risk to your local area

Ask your neighbours, insurance company, the State Emergency Service (SES) or local council whether earthquakes have ever occurred in your area and what damage resulted. The Geoscience Australia website has information about earthquakes in Australia.

*To prepare for an earthquake:

  • Check that your insurance covers earthquake damage
  • Plan together where you and your family will meet if separated by an earthquake
  • Learn about the safest area in your home if an earthquake strikes
  • Keep a list of emergency phone numbers for police, SES, fire, ambulance and gas, power and water suppliers handy
  • Prepare an emergency kit which includes a portable battery operated radio, torch, new spare batteries, first aid kit and enough food and water for four days
  • Seek expert advice about the structure strength of your building
  • Make sure chairs and beds are clear of hanging items such as ceiling fans, pot plants, paintings and mirrors
  • Brace freestanding furniture, such as bookshelves and water heaters
  • Store breakables, heavy items and hazardous liquids, such as pesticides, cleaning fluids and paint on the bottom shelves of cupboards

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