Category Archives: Earthquake & Emergency Preparedness

Here’s where I talk about what to have and what to do in the event of an earthquake or other emergency. This is not comprehensive, but from time-to-time I will post videos or articles about preparedness and basic steps you can take.
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What NOT to do in an earthquake

Almost as important as knowing what to do in an earthquake, is knowing what not to do. In short: don’t run outside and don’t shelter in a doorway.
Even after an earthquake, staying inside is the safest step you can take. lf the building you are in is damaged and is unsafe, before going outside survey the area and the situation to make sure it’s safer outside.


Earthquakes: Assembling your Car Emergency Kit

I will reshoot this video one of these days, but for now, this is a pretty good illustration of a basic kit, and can give you an idea of the types of items you might want to add to your own kit.

Whatever you do, get a kit!


Earthquake – “Drop Your Pants”

This is the simplest step you can take in the bedroom for earthquake and emergency preparedness.
Before going to bed, put your keys and wallet in a pair of pants and leave them on the floor next to your bed along with a pair of sturdy shoes. In case of a fire or earthquake, you can get dressed, put on shoes and you are ready to go.


Earthquake – What to do wherever you are

Sometimes you can’t get under a table or a desk, so the next best thing to do is “get down” (and I don’t mean dance).


Earthquakes – What to do if you are in bed.

Here’s what to do if you’re in bed when an earthquake hits.


Earthquake – Drop, Cover and Hold

When the shaking starts, the best place to be is under a sturdy table, desk, bench — anything that gives you protection from falling debris from ceilings and walls. Here’s how to ride out an earthquake under a table.
A lot of people ask me about the “Triangle of Life,” which recommends sheltering next to objects – and is NOT recommended by reputable safety experts. If you want more information on what to do (and you want information debunking the “Triangle of Life”) visit


Earthquakes: The Lowly Crowbar

In an earthquake, it’s not uncommon for a doorframe to get skewed, wedging the door in place. A crowbar is an inexpensive tool to keep in each bedroom to help you get out of (or into) a room.

Earthquakes: How to turn off your gas

Though you usually don’t have to turn off your gas, in case you need to, here’s how.