Earthquakes can strike
without warning, and being prepared for such a disaster
can mean the difference between life and death. Here
are some tips to help you and your loved ones make
it through a quake:
- Those living in areas not prone to earthquakes can
respond quickly to the plight of disaster victims
in quake zones by complacently smirking and saying,
"I told you so."
- To minimize loss and damage in a quake, try not
to own things.
- Practice your burrowing-out-from-under-40-tons-of-rubble
skills ahead of time.
- Look out your window often. If you see a large,
zig-zag-shaped crevasse moving rapidly from the horizon
toward your home, step either to the right or the
- For those who fear earthquakes, it may comfort you
to know that a majority of the damage during the 1906
San Francisco earthquake did not come from the tremors
themselves. Instead, it was from the raging, out-of-control
fires that consumed most of the city.
- A doorway is the safest place to be during a quake
(as long as there is no furniture in the rooms on
either side of the doorway). Eat, sleep and work in
- Be sure to mail your house-insurance payments a
full five business days before a major earthquake
- In the event of a quake, get under something heavy,
such as a desk, a table, or your Aunt Birtha.