Check that your insurance covers earthquakes
Know your local earthquake risk.
Keep a battery powered radio and torch close to your bed.
Identify the safest areas to shelter both inside and outside your home
Keep your pantry stocked with at least 72 hours of bottled water and non-perishable food.
Learn what to do in an earthquake. Think about possible power outages and injuries.
Teach children to drop, cover and hold.
Remove all hazards and make it as easy as possible to quickly get under a sturdy table or desk for protection
Anchor any special equipment needed such as telephones or life support systems.
Be sure to place cots and bassinettes away from windows, bookcases or shelves that could slide or topple.
Install latches on all cupboards and (not just those young children can reach) to prevent falling objects.
Place padding around cots or bassinettes to protect babies from the earthquake's shaking.
Brace freestanding furniture and clear items that hang over beds.
Check that your garage door is strong enough to withstand an earthquake
Inspect your home’s exterior for any corrosion, rotten timber or loose fittings.
Secure ornaments and small objects.
Secure pictures, mirrors and any wall art.
Make sure your hot water system, rainwater tanks and other outdoor equipment are fixed securely.
Understand how to access water from your hot water cylinder in an emergency
Secure appliances like microwaves, TVs and computers.
Use positive-catching latches on cupboard doors and drawers. Make sure these latches aren’t magnetic, as they will not hold during a quake. Child-proof latches with a mechanical action are best.
Install flexible gas and plumbing fittings to prevent breaks or leaks during an earthquake.
Plan and understand what your building procedures are in case of earthquakes. Ask your Property Manager to prepare your building for earthquakes by checking your apartment block’s exterior for any corrosion.
Discuss preparation with fellow tenants and your body corporate or building manager. Organise to check your apartment block’s exterior for any corrosion.
Consider replacing or covering glass windows and doors with sturdier material.
Ensure any sheds or outdoor buildings are secure and if possible, reinforced to exceed building regulations.
Ensure loose items around your property are secured.
If you have livestock, ensure all animal have durable and visible identification.
Consider preparing an emergency kit for livestock to store in sheds or vehicles.