Since 1850, Arizona has had more than 20 earthquakes with magnitudes of 5.0 or higher. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the largest earthquake on record in Arizona measured 5.6 in July 1959.
Before an earthquake hits, there are things you can do to keep your family safe:
· Secure heavy household appliances such as refrigerators, furnaces and gas appliances.
· Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves.
· Fasten shelves, large mirrors and large pictures to the walls.
· Brace top-heavy objects and anchor overhead lighting fixtures.
· Locate safe spots (e.g., under a sturdy table or against an inside wall) in each room.
If you are inside:
· Head to a safe space in your home; crouch and cover your face and head with your arms.
· Avoid glass, windows, outside doors, walls and anything that could fall.
· Use a doorway for shelter only if it's close by and strongly supported.
· Never use elevators.
If you are outside:
· Stay outdoors and move away from buildings, streetlights and utility wires.
· If you are in a moving car, stop quickly. Keep clear of buildings, trees, overpasses and utility wires.
If you are trapped under debris:
· Do not light a match.
· Do not move or kick up dust.
· Cover your nose and mouth with a thick cotton cloth or part of your clothing.
For more information on earthquakes and earthquake preparedness, visit:
· Just in Case Arizona
· U.S. Geological Survey
· Centers for Disease Control and Prevention