Reducing losses from earthquakes through personal preparedness

Earthquake Information Bulletin (USGS)


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Actions to reduce earthquake hazards can be divided into five phases:two occur before the event, one during the event, and two after the event. The phases are: (1) Mitigation techniques taken anywhere from 1 to 20 years before the event, (2) preparedness measures taken 1 to 20 weeks before the event, (3) response during the actual event, (4) recovery operations over 1 to 20 weeks, and (5) reconstruction activities taken from 1 to 20 years. The magnitude of the earthquake and the resources available to communities and individuals will very these times. 

A prerequisite to personal preparedness is familiarity with and concern about the other hazard-reduction phases. Strengthening the structure of the home, storing water, and showing family members how to shut off utility-supply lines are only a part of personal preparedness. Equally important are other phases such as picking up children from an evacuated school, securing heavy objects at the work palce as well as in the home, and retrofitting the commuter-highway overpasses needed to reunite a family. 

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Reducing losses from earthquakes through personal preparedness
Series title Earthquake Information Bulletin (USGS)
Volume 17
Issue 2
Year Published 1985
Language English
Publisher U.S Geological Survey
Description 10 p.
First page 50
Last page 59
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N