Preparing your Home:
During an earthquake, injury is often caused by the collapse of shelves and heavy objects, glass shards, fires, and gas leaks.
Look around your home: are there pictures or shelves above beds? Are there bookshelves, TVs and books that are not reinforced? Are there heavy objects in high places? Are the gas cylinders, air conditioner and solar water heater reinforced?
Remove or tighten as needed, and be sure to do this inspection once every few months to be sure you have minimized danger inside your home.

Preparing your family:
Explain to your children what an earthquake is. Show them the safe places in the house (storage room, stairwell, open space) where they should shelter during an earthquake.
Pick a meeting place in an open area where you will all meet after an earthquake, and agree upon an individual whom you will all contact in case of disruption in phone service.

Preparation kit:
• Communication devices that will help you stay up to date (computer, TV, battery operated batteries).
• Cell phone, with backup battery / portable charger.
• 3 liters of bottled water for each member of your household per day. It is recommended to have water for three days.
• Food in closed packages, such as cans and snacks.
• Emergency lighting (LED), flashlight and batteries.
• First aid kit, medication.
• Fire extinguisher.
• Copies of important documents, medical documents, regularly used medication prescriptions, identification, personal and financial documents.
• A bag of personal items that will last for a few days.
• Additional equipment that is specific to the needs of your family. 

Know the location of the main circuit breaker and gas tap in your home, and practice how to turn them off.
Conduct periodic earthquake drills, to ensure that your family is prepared.

For more information, visit the Home Front Command Website